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Family Connections has recently become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC). This means that not only will we continue to provide our high-quality mental health and substance use services, but we will also be working with other community organizations and healthcare facilities to provide our clients with coordinated comprehensive support.⁠

One of the many new services being offered to Family Connections’ CCBHC clients is a mobile healthcare unit, in partnership with Newark Community Health Centers (NCHC). The mobile unit will be onsite twice a month and provide services like COVID vaccines, flu shots, internal medicine, and dentistry.⁠

This mobile unit is a HUGE step in the right direction to supporting our clients’ overall healthcare needs.⁠

We are just ecstatic about this partnership and the ability for our clients to receive primary health care services right in our backyard!⁠




JP Pedoto, Family Connections’ Pride+ Program Coordinator, was invited to participate in a panel discussion at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ about gender identity and how to better understand and support transgender, non-binary and gender-fluid youth. View the discussion here:




The youth of Incorruptible.essex cleaned up Irvington Park to collect trash and cigarette butts to kickoff an online challenge #Fillthebottle. They were able to educate parents and youth on the dangers and effects of tobacco to our health and our planet.

Their efforts were featured in the Essex News Daily, check it out: https://essexnewsdaily.com/headlne-news/local-group-cleans-up-irvington-park



Read about Pride+ in the Spring 2022 issue of NJAMHAA News here.



KW Red Day of Giving Brings ‘Hope Inspired’ Decor to Family Connections: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights/sections/real-estate/articles/kw-red-day-of-giving-brings-hope-inspired-decor-to-family-connections



Family Connections honors Frank McGehee, area bank a ‘A Toast to Hope’



KW Red Day of Giving Hike for Hope Supports Family Connections: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights/sections/real-estate/articles/kw-red-day-of-giving-hike-for-hope-supports-family-connections



Family Connections to Honor Frank McGehee and Valley National Bank May 10



Former Maplewood Mayor WIll Be Honored By Essex County's Family Connections: https://patch.com/new-jersey/maplewood/former-maplewood-mayor-will-be-honored-essex-county-nonprofit?utm_source=share-mobile&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=share



Family Connections' Board of Trustees member, Marie McGehee is featured in this month's SOMA LIVING MAGAZINE! Congratulations to Marie and her family!⁠

Read the article here: https://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=59967&i=695345&p=1⁠



Family Connections' Paquita Mason and Asionna Warner were the keynote speakers at Althea Gibson Academy’s Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony in East Orange, highlighting the new collaboration between the school and Family Connections’ Strengthening Family Bonds and Parents As Teachers programs.



Joel Torres, Family Connections’ ADAPT Senior Manager, was selected by the New Jersey Department of Health to serve on their Healthy New Jersey 2030 Healthy Communities Action Team. The action team is focused on inclusive and just systems, resources, and policies to ensure that racial equity, affordability, stability, safety, and political capital are consciously interwoven into the cultural fabric. Healthy New Jersey is an overarching initiative that focuses on identifying and addressing NJ residents’ priority health needs over a ten year period.



Student Rally and Family Connections on Baristanet: https://baristanet.com/2020/09/students-to-rally-in-response-to-school-based-youth-services-program-cut-from-murphy-budget/



Read Family Connections' feature on Baristanet: https://baristanet.com/2020/08/calling-all-families-roll-and-stroll-to-support-family-connections/



Listen to The Passport Mommy’s Michelle Jerson interview our Chief Operating Officer, Krista Zuccheri in her podcast as Krista shares the importance of Family Connections' work and how kids and families can get involved.



Read about the impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health by Family Connections’ CEO, Jacques Hryshko in the Health & Wellness section of TAP into SOMA here.



Family Connections is excited to share our first ever Public Service Announcement. We believe this PSA is an incredible reflection of the way the organization has pivoted through this difficult time, and why we believe our work is especially important now more than ever.