The NJ Children’s System of Care (CSOC), Monmouth County, and MonmouthCares are interested in expanding services and programs for youth in the county with mental health, behavioral health, intellectual disabilities, and substance use needs. This one-time funding of $25,000 (less may be applied for) must be utilized by June 30, 2018. Proposals submitted must either be a one-time initiative that can have a sustained impact or serve as seed money to initiate a new resource. Applicants must commit to working in partnership with MonmouthCares, other system partners, and community-based resources. They must embody the values of the NJ Children’s System of Care.
All applications will be reviewed and scored via a panel consisting of MonmouthCares’ Manager of Community Relations and Resource Development, MonmouthCares’ Board Members, and various members of the System of Care.
There have been noted gaps and needs in quality, community-based mental health services through various system-wide surveys and needs assessments. While the proposals do not have to narrowly target any one population, keeping the identified needs of our county is advised.
The priority needs for funding identified are (no order of priority):
- Community based mentoring services focused on linking youth to local communities and individuals that can sustain a positive interaction into the future
- Group social skills programming for DD youth
- Vocational programs that can help teens with preparation, skill building, and obtaining a job
- After-school programs that provide recreational and psycho-educational opportunities (i.e: mindfulness)
- Programming that targets the prevention of substance use while engaging both youth and parents
*The barriers and needs have been collected from various sources:
- The Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC)
- The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) of the Child Advocacy Center
- The Youth Services Commission (YSC), and
- MonmouthCares’ Staff
All applicants must demonstrate the ability to manage the finances and implement the practice/program applied for in their application. Applicants must agree to submit comprehensive reports on December 31st, March 31st, and June 15th in the fiscal year the funding is year applied for.
Congratulations to MOCEANS Center for Independent Living, Inc.! Their proposal to add the Step Up Pre-Employment Training program to their programming was scored the highest by our review committee and they were awarded our full $25,000 for 2018-2019.
Step Up training courses include:
- Pre-Employment Instructional Support
- Rights and Responsibilities of the Employee and Employer
- Title I of the ADA
- Keys to Obtaining & Retaining Jobs and Enriching Quality of Adult Life
- Working well with a Disability
- Employment Readiness Instructional Supports
- Community Based Work Experience
- Steps in Vocational Planning
- Understanding Employee Benefits
- Fiscal Compensation and Managing Finances
- Assistive Technology
- Tools to Employment
- How to Maintain Employment
- Time Management and Organization in the Workplace
- Conflict Resolutions in the Workplace
MOCEANS Center for Independent Living accepts referrals for any youth 14-21 years of age that has a 504, IEP, or disability diagnosis and is accessible to parents, educators, social service providers, and other community members.
For more information on MOCEANS and their full programming, or to reach out in regards to the Step Up program please visit their website here: https://www.moceanscil.org/
Each July, MonmouthCares makes these funds available for community providers to apply for. Please contact Chad Majczan, Manager of Community Relations and Resource Development at [email protected] or 732-222-8008 x159 with any questions or concerns.