Advocacy E-news March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020
PROGRAMS FOR DISABLED, ELDERLY AND THE POOR WILL CONTINUE DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, N.J. SAYS
Homebound senior citizens, people with mental disabilities and families who rely on public assistance programs in New Jersey can count on safe state-supported services during the coronavirus outbreak, and will even get a break from some of the program rules, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.
HUD AWARDS NEARLY $2.3 MILLION TO HOMELESS PROGRAMS IN NEW JERSEY
Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced over $118 million in grants to support local homeless assistance programs across the country. This round of HUD’s Continuum of Care grants will provide critically needed support to approximately 630 local programs on the front lines, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
WHAT KEEPS PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS FROM FINDING JOBS
People with serious mental illness believe their physical health problems rather than psychological health make it difficult for them to find jobs, according to a Rutgers study. The goal of the Rutgers study, published in The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, was to better understand how a person’s perception of their mental and physical health affects job seeking.
BILL WOULD BOLSTER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
One out of every four college students has a mental illness that’s able to be diagnosed, but 40% of students never seek help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. Now to encourage students to get the support they need, one New Jersey lawmaker is introducing a bill to bolster mental health services at campuses around the state.