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Upcoming Programs

This list is some of our upcoming programs.  Please visit our family, older adult, schoolcommunity, and recovery support pages or our events calendar to see what other programs we offer!


In Our Own Voice

Tuesday, May 31, 2022
1:00 pm2:00 pm

In honor of Mental Health Month and Older Americans Month "Age My Way", join us for this compelling presentation. Our guest speakers will share their stories of living with mental health challenges and their journey to recovery.

You will have:
- An opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic
- A chance to ask leaders questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions
- The understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals
- Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community

Program provided by NAMI NJ - National Alliance on Mental Illness

*$25 Gift Card attendance raffle for Bergen and Passaic Older Adults*

How to Sudoku w/Jon

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
12:00 pm1:00 pm

The class is designed as a fun way to learn how to play Sudoku and meet new people.

Materials will be distributed and each participant will receive a copy of a Sudoku book. *Space is Limited*

*$25 Gift Card attendance raffle for Bergen and Passaic Older Adults*

Get Connected: Linking Older Adults with Resources on Medication, Alcohol, add Mental Health

Breakfast and Continuing Education

**SOLD OUT** We are currently creating a waitlist. If you would like your name added to the waitlist please email your name, email, and phone number to

As a senior service provider in Bergen County how can you help?

Join us for breakfast and to hear from experts in older adults, mental health, and addiction.
Breakfast and Continuing Education Credits provided. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Alcohol and medication misuse and mental health conditions can be significant problems for older adults. Our growing life expectancy, coupled with the aging of the “baby boom” generation make the need to address these issues more critical than ever before. As with other age groups, by preventing these problems from occurring in the first place, and by addressing them promptly when they do arise, we can enhance the lives and health of millions of older Americans. The Get Connected program was created to help health, social, and aging services providers learn more about alcohol and medication misuse and mental health conditions in older adults so they can address these issues more effectively. It has been designed to help health and aging services providers undertake health promotion, advance prevention messages and education, and undertake screening and referral for mental health conditions and the misuse of alcohol and medications.

All participants will receive the Get Connected Toolkit which provides the materials necessary for training staff who work with older adults, as well as, materials to educate older adults.


Stephanie Drag, MA, LAC
Director of School and Family Services
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, Children's Aid and Family Services

Marla Klein, M.S., R.D.N., C.P.S., M.C.H.E.S.
County Partnership Coordinator
Bergen County Department of Health Services


Kelsey Bisson, LCSW
Outpatient Therapist
Balance and Thrive Counseling and Education Center

Maria Alvarez, CPRS
Recovery Specialist
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, Children's Aid and Family Services

Susan Breithaupt, MSW, LCSW
Health Educator
The Valley Hospital

Course Objectives
Participants will be able to:
• Increase understanding that life transitions associated with aging can lead to problems with alcohol and medications.
• Learn the warning signs of an alcohol, medication problem, and mental health conditions and why these signs are hard to detect among older adults.
• Increase awareness that substance misuse and mental health conditions in older adults are not part of the aging process and can be treated.
• Increase awareness that prevention, screening, and treatment are effective for alcohol and mental health conditions, particularly for older adults.
• Increase comfort and confidence in discussing sensitive issues with older adults.

This course, Get Connected: Linking Older Adults with Resources on Medication, Alcohol, add Mental Health ,
Approval #221003-740, provided by The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children's Aid and
Family Services is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education
Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Monday,
April 11, 2022 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 3 Clinical CE credits for
participating in this course.”

Continuing Education Credits applications have been submitted for: The Certification Board of NJ.

If you are interested in receiving CHES credits (for Certified Health Education Specialists) please provide your full name and CHES number upon arrival

This program is funded through by a grant through NJDHS - Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Bergen County Health Improvement Partnership.

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