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May 17, 2023 | Issue 79 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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State Warns of Illegitimate Medicaid Agency Scammers

Beware of Medicaid renewal scams.

Other states are reporting that members have received illegitimate messages claiming to be from their Medicaid agency. Scammers may pretend to be from a legitimate organization or a government agency using phone, text or email – but their goal is to steal from you.

NJ FamilyCare and its health plans send text messages to members, but we will never: 

  • ask for money to enroll
  • threaten legal action
  • seize your bank account
  • ask for prepaid debit or gift cards
  • ask for personal information or demand secrecy

Don’t hesitate to call NJ FamilyCare at 1-800-701-0710 (TTY: 711) or visit for assistance.


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How to Create & (Actually) Follow a Schedule: Learning and Working from Home with a Mental Health Condition

A Transition Resource

Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself while working or learning from home if you have a mental health condition?

Is it hard to stay organized and stay on task when you are struggling with anxiety or depression?

Check out this young adult blog post with tips on how to prioritize tasks, use tools like the Pomodoro Technique, minimize distractions, and more. These tips can help you create a schedule, get things done and help keep your mental health in check.

To access the blog, click here.

From the UMass Chan Medical School, Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research.

For more Transition resources from SPAN, click here.

SPAN to Receive Let's Get Children Reading Grant

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SPAN Parent Advocacy Network is proud to announce that the organization has been selected as a recipient of Worldreader’s Let’s Get Children Reading Grant. The grant program is designed to support community-based nonprofit organizations dedicated to getting children and their families reading a minimum of 25 books a year. 

SPAN is grateful for this extraordinary funding opportunity, which will help implement reading programs focused on a range of areas, including improving access to reading, building reading comprehension and emotional intelligence, and fostering a love of reading among children.

For more on the program, click here.

Upcoming Events

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them.

Highlighted Event This Week

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Family Engagement: What is Family Engagement? What Does It Look Like in the Healthcare Space?

Monday, May 22

2:00 PM EDT


Family Engagement, as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is when patients, families, their representatives, and health professionals work in active partnership at various levels across the healthcare system to improve health and health care.

During this webinar from the National Genetics Education and Family Support Center’s Workgroup on Inclusion, speakers will discuss the importance of family engagement with diverse families, how it currently looks in the healthcare realm, and what improvements can be made to better engage diverse families in the future.

To register, click here. 

To learn about SPAN's Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools Project and access other Family Engagement resources, click here.

See all of SPAN's upcoming events with details and registration links here 

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