CarePlus InsideLIne
November 2016 - "If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in a single way."


The Effects of Trauma and Other
Mental Health Challenges on
Learning in the Classroom
2 CEHs for Social Workers
Nov. 12, 2016 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register Here  

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma: Self-Care and Mindfulness Strategies for Providers
4.5 CEHs for Social Workers 
Dec. 8, 2016 - 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Register Here 
Employee Assistance Program

Did you know that you have access to resources pertaining to everyday life right at your fingertips?  Get educated on what is available to you through the CarePlus EAP. With this Employee Assistance Program, you will have access to information and resources for family, health, money and much more.   
Be sure to explore the website: 
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Webinar of the Month 
"Holidaze: How to Enjoy the Holidays and Minimize Holiday Stress"
Available On Demand
Starting 12pm Eastern Time 

Is stress getting in the way of your holiday enjoyment? Explore ways to minimize the tension and increase the fun for all involved.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Bell in the Human Resources Department.

State Funding Transition
Advocacy Action Steps

1. Write Letters & Make Phone Calls

You can use the following link to find your legislators. Simply enter your hometown and you will get all of the information you need:
Please note: some letters will be more detailed than others, but short and simple contributions are important as well.

Contact Caitlyn for sample letters.
2. Get Educated & Stay Up To Date 
By now, you might have seen the following press coverage: 
  • The Record - Advocates Say New Mental Health Funding Plan
    Would Slash Services
  • The Record - Safety Net Rips
  • NJTV - Health Care Changes Could Impact Mental Health Services
  • The Daily Voice - Demarest Woman Joins Fight To Save Mental Health Funding
  • Star Ledger - Christie Plan Could Endanger the Seriously Mentally Ill
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to these advocacy efforts. Created as a public group, this will be the forum for people to use with social media. This page will share resources for you to stay involved. Please "like" the page to stay up to date: Fund Mental Health In NJ 2017  
Humans of CarePlus

Part of our advocacy campaign is to collect written or video testimonials by clients, family, and staff. This campaign is expected to grow into a larger, more powerful storytelling campaign that will launch through a "Humans of CarePlus" Instagram account.

We need your help: if you are a staff member that would be willing to participate, or if you have a client that has a story to tell please contact Caitlyn.

We will be able to work with people who would like to remain anonymous, and think that this will be a very cool way to increase our culture of community and compassion.
Basic Meditation Training
Self-Care for Staff 

Basic meditation training will be offered at the CarePlus Headquarters in Paramus courtesy of Lulu Lemon for the next three months. This is a great opportunity for you to learn some self-care and mindfulness techniques, and share your experience to benefit those with whom you work.

The first training will be Wednesday, November 30th from 7pm-9pm.
Please RSVP to Caitlyn if you are interested in this or similar opportunities, and you will be kept in the loop moving forward!

Hopefully this will be a rebirth of a Wellness Initiative for staff going into the new year.

Staff Recognition Day

Please be advised that, in recognition of everyone's stellar efforts during our recent licensing reviews, the triennial survey by The Joint Commission,  the everyday acts of compassion you perform on behalf of our clients, and  the professional contributions to the excellence of our organization, the agency will be closed (except for Emergency and 24 hr. programs) on December 23rd.
CarePlus awarded First Break Episode Psychosis (FEP) Grant 
A Message from Kris Pendy

It is with pride that we have been awarded the opportunity to participate in this evidence based practice to provide Coordinated Specialty Care to consumers who are experiencing a 1st break and need a team approach to engage them in care and work to continuing their academic pursuits and vocational goals along with treatment. FEP refers to the early stages of someone experiencing psychotic symptoms or a psychotic episode.

People experiencing psychotic symptoms may not understand what is happening. The symptoms can be highly disturbing and unfamiliar, leaving the person confused and distressed. Staff in this program will work to outreach consumers on college campus' and work with local college counseling services to identify potential referrals and partner to work together to provide highly effective interventions.

The target population for services is between 15-35 years old and have experienced psychotic symptoms for less than 2 years with or without treatment.

The team will be compromised of:

Team Leader - Master's Level & Licensed
Recovery Coach - Master's Level & Licensed
Prescriber - Psychiatrist/APN
Outreach and Referral Specialist -  Master's Level & Licensed
Peer Support Specialist - Trained and certified peer with lived experience
Supported Employment and Education Specialist- Bachelor's Level trained employment counselor
Training in the Evidence Based practice for this service will be instrumental in developing our program and team. We have been advised that training will take place for a full day on Nov 15th and 16th location pending. If you would have an interest in this opportunity and possess the credentials, please reach out to me to discuss further. Attendance at the training would be required as we move forward.
This opportunity is a regional grant for the Northern part of the State so services will be provided in multiple counties (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren).
Please contact Kris Pendy directly if you have any interest in this opportunity and the training.  
CarePlus Foundation Updates

We are in full swing for the 2016-2017 fundraising season! Donations received through the Foundation directly support clients of CarePlus through housing and medication assistance, educational scholarship, program support, as well as advocacy and community education.

Here are some important things to know, and ways you can get involved to support our efforts to serve those who need us:

Annual Appeal


This year we be participating in the social media campaign called #GivingTuesday. Our goal it to get staff involved in spreading the message and helping us to reach our Annual Appeal goal of raising $20,000. Be sure to connect on social media, share our posts, and help us to help others!

Annual Courage Awards Gala 


Every year, the Foundation awards the Bernard Dubnick Scholarship to support clients who are pursuing their educational goals. If you work with someone who wants to apply for the scholarship, please contact Chris Puig for full instructions on how to apply and redeem scholarship funds for the 2017-2018 school year. 


If you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Gala planning committee, contact Keri Diamond

The Holiday Season Is Upon Us...
Halloween Fun at the CarePlus Headquarters

If you ever have pictures or stories to share from your site or program that you want to have included in the InsideLine or on Facebook, please be sure to send them to Caitlyn!


Connect with CarePlus on Social Media!

Facebook         Twitter          LinkedIn
Program Marketing 
It is important for staff to familiarize themselves with the variety of program and services offered through CarePlus so that we can make appropriate referrals for those in need. For that reason, we are working on streamlining information and materials so that they are more easily accessible.

This involves appropriately updated Program Fact Sheets, comprehensive marketing folders, social media spotlights, and up to date information on the CarePlus website.

A new folder has been added to the S Drive so that staff can quickly access Program Information Sheets. These Fact Sheets can be found in the first folder in 999 General titled _FactSheets.  

If you need any materials created, revised, or printed for your program or presentations you will need to utilize the electronic request form. This new system is being used to ensure timely and effective completion of projects.   


You may have noticed recent Facebook posts highlighting some of our services. This is the part of our effort to market each of our programs to the community.


If you would like to put your team, group or program in the spotlight, contact the ACE team to make arrangements.


 You can also send positive reviews and feedback for coworkers and clients that go above and beyond. If you have anything you would like to submit for the InsideLine, email your story and  information to Caitlyn Yerves.

Do YOU have a story to share? If you have a story, update, announcement, photos to share here, on Facebook, or on the website send it to the ACE team and we will work to get it out to staff and friends of CarePlus.

Obligatory disclaimer ("the gray area"): This newsletter is compiled by humans, and you know how humans are: we make occasional mistakes - not too many, but they do happen. Please do not consider a rush in judgment. We - "the humans" - apologize in advance for any omissions, inaccuracies, misspellings, and flagrant discombobulations. Should you desire to suggest a correction or addition, please email Caitlyn.

You can even just email if you'd like to say you do (or do not) like the Inside Line, however no cursing or inflammatory remarks, please, as we are humans.