Pictured L-R: Andrea Steinberg, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service, Atlantic City Business Administrator Anthony Swan, Second Baptist Church Representative Ambrose Gray, Senior Director of JFS Outpatient Services Naomi Jones, Capt. of AC Police Department Rudy Lushina, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Sean Pattwell, and Hard Rock Director of Public Relations and Community Affairs Sharon Pearce participate in the grand opening of JFS Atlantic City’s upgraded offices . The agency offers a range of programs and services – Counseling, Family Therapy, Pantry and more in this office for Atlantic City residents. (Photo courtesy of Atlantic and Cape May Counties Jewish Family Service)
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The past two years have been difficult for everyone in their own way. In the current environment, demand for therapy has increased as healthcare workers have been traumatized caring for patients with COVID-19, political disagreements have made people nervous, and families and marriages are in a greater distress.
Children out of school or learning virtually for long periods of time have created clear deficits in education with unintended developmental fallout and mental health stressors.
Mental health treatment is imperative for many people and the Atlantic and Cape May Counties Jewish Family Service is working in overdrive to respond to requests for counselling. There is a high demand for qualified therapists.
Although it offered 9,003 therapy sessions last year, JFS, along with providers nationwide, have long waiting lists. The needs are greater and the stakes higher.
To address this issue, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) awarded JFS a multi-year grant of $685,000 to support outpatient counseling services for residents of Atlantic City.
The generous funds, which will be used over three years, will support mental health care programs for those in need.
“CRDA proudly supports the efforts of the Jewish Family Service to address mental health in and around Atlantic City,” said CRDA Executive Director Sean Pattwell. “The multi-year grant will fund much-needed health services, especially in light of the many unmet needs during the pandemic.”
In the first year, JFS will partner with the distinguished Leaders in Training (LIT) program and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to serve youth as well as real estate employees who reside in Atlantic City and seek health assistance. mental.
Over the next few years, JFS will explore other partnerships that will promote the health, well-being and productivity of Atlantic City residents.
In addition, CRDA funding will provide 163 Atlantic City children, teens, adults, families and seniors with outpatient counseling.
“Mental health treatment is imperative for many people. Last year alone, JFS provided 98 Atlantic City residents with outpatient services.
Programs included youth interventions, functional family therapy, and case management services,” said Andrea Steinberg, executive director of JFS. “Through funding from CRDA, coupled with the Hard Rock partnership, JFS will be able to continue to help residents struggling with mental health issues.”
JFS has dozens of highly trained therapists and is expanding consultation hours and continuing telehealth sessions to keep pace with demand. Currently, JFS offers in-person therapy at offices in Atlantic City, Margate, and Cape May Court House.
The pandemic has been a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities. According to a report on the Mental Health Index, US Worker Edition, from Total Brain, in the last months of 2021, depression increased by 87%, post-traumatic stress disorder increased by 54% and the risk dependency among men increased by 80% among employed Americans. .
With the proper help, each day there is hope that it will be better than the day before.
For more information on JFS programs and services, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or call 609.822.1108.
About Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (JFS) fosters strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energetic seniors, and vibrant communities.
With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, professional services, adult and elder services and also hosts an on-site food pantry. .
JFS’s mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and improve their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity , their age or their origin.
For more information or to keep up to date with events and programs, visit JFS at jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
About Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The only such agency nationwide, the CRDA has used reinvestments from Atlantic City casinos as a catalyst for meaningful and positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.
CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing, and clean and safe initiatives.
In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, including $1.8 billion in Atlantic City, spurring business investment and expansion and creating permanent jobs in the process.
For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For comprehensive tourist information about Atlantic City, visit www.atlanticcitynj.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.