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Gov. Christie names his appointees to Mental Health Facilities Evaluation Task Force

Gov. Christie names his appointees to Mental Health Facilities Evaluation Task Force

Group will examine proposal to close Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital

Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday announced the appointment of members to the new state Mental Health Facilities Evaluation Task Force.

The 21-member task force is charged with completing with what is described as a thorough and swift examination of the state Department of Human Services' closure plan for Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardner (Hunterdon).

Under an agreement with the federal government, the department has an obligation to move recovering psychiatric patients out of their respective hospitals and into the community.

"In this current economic climate, we must evaluate every opportunity to reduce costs responsibly while serving patients properly and effectively in the community," Christie said. "I trust the members of the task force will evaluate and guide that process."

 

N.J. cancer treatment more aggressive than most states

N.J. cancer treatment more aggressive than most states
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Nearly one out of three older patients with cancer is likely to spend their final days in a hospital, according to a new study. And the level of care they receive may n...

Michelle Obama bringing obesity campaign to N.J.

Michelle Obama bringing obesity campaign to N.J.
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity and First Lady Michelle Obama will be stopping at Newark's Maple Avenue School on Thursday.

Obama will attend a brie...

When should elders move? Ask yourself these questions

When should elders move? Ask yourself these questions
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: I'm 80, still drive and love my home of 40 years. Several of my friends have gone on and another moved into a retirement community...

Real truth about Gloucester 18’s ‘Pregnancy Pact’

Real truth about Gloucester 18’s ‘Pregnancy Pact’
BY SUSIE WILSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
SEX MATTERS

We're told that we have notoriously short memories. So I wonder, do you remember the infamous "Gloucester 18"? Here's a hint: Gloucester is a small town ...

New N.J. contaminated site remediation board to hold first meeting on Monday

New N.J. contaminated site remediation board to hold first meeting on Monday

13-member panel will oversee cleanup of 20,000 sites

The first meeting of the state Licensed Site Remediation Professional Board is scheduled for Monday, setting the stage for the panel to begin work a...

Human caregiving machine wears down as does any machine

Human caregiving machine wears down as does any machine
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Years ago, a reader said to me that we all have to realize that "just as any machine wears out, the human machine does the same." She then we...

Do not call aging parents every day

Do not call aging parents every day
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: My mother, 76, lives alone and wants me to call her every day.

I work in a high-pressure environment and then have to cook dinner fo...

Assembly to hold hearing on Gov. Christie's proposed medical marijuana regulations

Assembly to hold hearing on Gov. Christie's proposed medical marijuana regulations

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee will hold a hearing in Trenton on Monday on Gov. Chris Christie's proposed medical marijuana regulations.

A resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora...

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