Contact Us

Expanded Crisis Counseling for Sandy Survivors

As many Jersey families continue to struggle with the stresses of relocating and rebuilding post-Sandy, a generous grant issued by the state is meant to increase the amount of therapeutic services available in the hardest-hit communities.

Jersey Shore Communities Continue Recovery Efforts From Superstorm Sandy
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

The state Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has provided more than $50,000 in funding to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s University Behavioral HealthCare to perform crisis counseling. The grant will also fund a helpline (1-855-HOPE4U1).

“The emotional impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jerseyans has been staggering. Many have lost their homes, their sources of income and life treasures that cannot be replaced,” said Christopher Kosseff, CEO of the University Behavioral HealthCare division. “Disaster survivors are in great need of support and – in some cases – clinical intervention to help them recover.”

Initially, clinicians will provide outreach services in severely-impacted areas through door-to-door visits and contact with community disaster workers. Services in the community will include individual clinical assessment, family sessions, therapy and support groups, according to DHS.

“Evidence shows that reaching people as early as possible after a disaster will minimize any long-term emotional or mental health issues,” said DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez.

Best of WOBM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WOBM Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WOBM Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.