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Our News You Can Use weekly e-newsletter has been redesigned and entitled The Bridge.

The Bridge is your new access to SPAN news, events, and resources.

October 26, 2021 | Issue 3 (Click to view as a webpage)

Understanding HIPPA: What Parents Need to Know About Privacy and Their Adult Child's Health Information

As your child grows into adulthood, both your rights and the rights of your child under HIPAA change.

This document answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about when parents can access their adult child’s protected health information.

Readers are encouraged to view this resource on-line as it includes links to additional detailed information.

Funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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National TA Center at the Federation of Families

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Important News

NJ Department of Human Services

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Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are events that occur in childhood, such as living in a household with:

  • violence
  • neglect
  • substance abuse
  • food insecurity
  • parental separation or divorce,
  • abandonment
  • untreated mental illness.

Children who experience ACEs are more likely to face challenges in adulthood. These can include physical or mental health problems.

The purpose of the Office of Resilience is to coordinate New Jersey organizations that are addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs.

Upcoming Events

See what's happening this month

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them. Check out our Event Calendar for details and registration links.


Upcoming Events include:

New Resource

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School should be a place of belonging for each and every student, including students with significant cognitive disabilities. National Bullying Prevention month is a great time to check out this new, "ready to use" TIES Belonging resource by Erik Carter and Elizabeth Biggs.

Getting A COVID Vaccine

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Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, mask requirements, or how to get a COVID-19 test?

The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at the COVID-19 Information Hub

The Centers for Disease Control webpage about vaccines is frequently updated and can be viewed in many languages. View the page here.

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM) also provides a wealth of educational resources about COVID Vaccines. Many resources are also available in multiple languages.

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US Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs

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Virtual Symposium

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is pleased to host a national symposium.

The focus is on understanding and preventing youth hate crimes and identity-based bullying.

Learn about programs that help schools, families, law enforcement, and communities to work together.

Strategies to build protective factors in youth and help youth resist and disengage from extremist hate groups will be shared.

This free virtual event will be held from 1 - 5 p.m. on both October 27 & 28, 2021

To learn more and register

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