CarePlus InsideLIne
 October 2015 - "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." 
Celebrating Our CEO
38 Years of Service at CarePlus

Did you know that October marked
Joe Masciandaro's 38th Anniversary at CarePlus?

We want to take this opportunity to recognize and appreciate
the integrity and compassion that Joe continues to lead and serve with,
each day, and each year.

Congratulations and thank you for your example, Joe!

School Avoidance: Managing the Complicated Adolescent in the
Public School Setting
4 Clinical CEUs 
November 12 - 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
 Register Here

Trauma-Informed Care
Assessments and Practice:
A New Generation of Service Delivery
2 Clinical CEUs 
December 10 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
 Register Here 

Tourette's Disorder:
Misunderstood and Often Misdiagnosed... And More Common Than You Think
January 13 - 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Register Here

Cross-Cultural Competence Skills for Professionals in Social Service Fields
5 Clinical/Ethics/Social
and Cultural Competence CEUs

February 8 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Register Here 
Way To Be, 
J.P. & Ozzie!
"I just wanted to send you an email to let you know how pleased I am with the work of both J.P. and Ozzie. They both work so well with not only my staff, but the juveniles who we are treating.  They make every effort to assist the kids into further compliance.  I hope we continue this working relationship for a long time since it is proving extremely beneficial for all involved."

Nicole Jaccoi,  
Juvenile Probation Supervisor
Staying Mindful at Work
Tips from a Yogi
"Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists."

Yoga at Your Desk
When you practice Yoga, you accelerate the blood flow through your body and allow for cell renewal to occur more quickly - physiologically rejuvenating your body. The whole practice accelerates the purification of your entire being. This "new age" trend is truly an ancient science and can be used for healing and therapeutics.

Even 5 minutes can make a difference!
Learn more about WHY you should be integrating these practices into your daily life: Health Benefits 
"Office Pose of the Month"
Standing Pigeon
Okay, this might look a little weird - but give it a try! If your coworkers start looking at you funny, you will know they OBVIOUSLY haven't seen this edition of the InsideLine. Tell them to check it out!
  1. Stand up.
  2. Bring the left knee up and the left shin onto your desk parallel to the edge of the desk.
  3. Take a forward bend over your left leg, bending from the waist.
  4. Repeat on the other leg. 
Put the mouse down.
Step away from the screen.
Stretch it out!
Namaste :)

See more poses here: Desk Stretches 
Development Committee

Moving Forward with Success


In order to raise the bar and grow, this year we will be focusing on building strong relationships with current and future donors.


If networking and creating connections for big sponsorship opportunities is in your skill set, please consider working with the Development Committee so that we may provide great support for the programs and services offered through CarePlus.


We are grateful for every committee member that has committed their time and effort with us.


It's not too late to join the Development Committee - all are welcome! If you can only make a few meetings that is okay - every little bit of time counts.


Your support is helpful and valued. 


Contact Alexis for more information.


Praise for Irvington High School-Based Program
"Everyday, our team works really hard, to help make a positive change in the lives that we serve and we are very happy to know that our hard work is paying off" 
-Nivioska Bruce 
I would like to say what an awesome job CarePlus is doing. Thank you for implementing their program in our schools. They are definitely a necessary tool needed in our schools, and they should be in every school from K-12. CarePlus helps the children to deal with all their issues that therapists are trained to deal with. So many of our children need this kind of program to help them strive and be more successful. CarePlus helps kids, parents, teachers, administration, and even security to do their job more effectively throughout the district. A puzzle is not complete until you have all the missing components to make a full picture, and CarePlus is that essential piece.
"Thank you very much for this feedback. I, too believe the program is an asset to our community of learners."

CarePlus Coffeehouse 
Compassion & Friendship 

On Thursday, October 8th the CarePlus Peer Mentorship and Advocacy group held a World Changing Compassion Coffeehouse ("Coffeehouse") to celebrate the clients of CarePlus during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The Coffeehouse was adapted from the Turn-a-Frown-Around (TAFA) events that were held at Montclair State University as a means to End Loneliness on campus. The idea has recently been utilized at CarePlus to help spread awareness around the efforts of both TAFA and the Stigma-Free Initiative.

"We are proud and very grateful to say that CarePlus has been one of the strongest supporters of TAFA for over a decade," shared Caitlyn Yerves, Director of Marketing for TAFA. "It was really special to see everything come full circle, to be celebrating our success at one of the main places where it all started."

The event was held at the CarePlus Headquarters in Paramus and started in the Wellness Café, where guests were invited to meet, greet and eat. The TAFA excitement was spread through the use of the "Smile Catcher" and the "Good Detector": "compassion tools" that have been used throughout the history of TAFA and the mission to End Loneliness. During this time there was also an open forum for discussion.

"There was an outpour of gratitude from the clients, which was an unexpected surprise," continued Yerves. "It's an honor to work alongside of people who really care about themselves and others, people who want to share their story and make a difference."

After lunch Michael Weitzman, a Paramus Stigma-Free Task Force member, performed his motivational entertainment which aspires to inspire change in the way mental illness is viewed. Two of the Peer Mentorship and Advocacy group members also shared musical numbers with guests toward the end of the event.

This Coffeehouse, the second one held at CarePlus, had the vision of expanding the reach of the TAFA Mental Health Initiative in Bergen County. Guests, including local Stigma-Free Zone members and public officials, expressed interested and provided ideas as well as feedback on how TAFA can continue to grow.

The Peer Mentorship and Advocacy group members who helped to organize the event have been training to become "Forever Friends", and recently began their volunteer work.

Stay tuned to hear more as this project progresses. For more information, contact Caitlyn Yerves.

Employee Assistance Program

Did you know that you have access to resources pertaining to everyday life right at your fingertips?  Get educated on what is available to you through the CarePlus EAP. With this Employee Assistance Program, you will have access to information and resources for family, health, money and much more.   

This EAP also features free Webinars, a monthly newsletter and tips for daily living.  These are just a few of the resources you will find... 
Be sure to explore the website: 
Login: CPNJ Password: 123  
Webinar of the Month 
11/17/15 - "Stick With It" 
12 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time  

Using strategies developed by the Mayo Clinic, discover the unrealistic expectations that could be impacting your ability to stick with positive change. 

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Bell in the Human Resources Department at or call 201-843-5218, extension 5211.
CarePlus Client Cloud Launches,
Seeks to Improve Healthcare with Technology

The Cardinal Health Foundation recently awarded CarePlus NJ with funding to launch the CarePlus Client Cloud project as a means of engaging patients in healthcare through the expanded use of technology.

The Cardinal Health Foundation offers these opportunities to healthcare manufacturers and patient care providers to help meet the demands of the evolving healthcare industry. The vision is to make healthcare more cost-effective and produce better patient outcomes, reduce prescription drug abuse, and create healthier communities.

The competitive funding opportunity that CarePlus was selected for is called "E3 - Effectiveness, Efficiency and Excellence in Healthcare". The expected outcomes of these efforts at CarePlus include successful health management, improved medication adherence, greater health literacy and lower levels of inpatient hospitalization.

"CarePlus is an excellent candidate for this funding because of our holistic philosophy and the integrated nature of the care that we provide," explained Jessica Costa, Program Manager of Partial Care Services at CarePlus, and Project Coordinator for the Client Cloud. "By putting technology into the hands of our community, this project will increase positive health and psychological outcomes and decrease social injustice."

In 2009 CarePlus was selected as 1 of 13 organizations to receive four years of funding for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care Services from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). With that support CarePlus was able to address the fragmented healthcare system, streamline medications, and enhance client compliance as well as safety.

The Integrated Primary Care Services paved the way for the development of a person-centered approach to care coordination and created more awareness about the important connection between a healthy mind and a healthy body. With the success of these innovations, CarePlus was recently designated as the first Behavioral Health Home in the state.

The Client Cloud will begin with the selection of clients that are currently involved in the Behavioral Health Home and are either living in one of the CarePlus group homes or supportive housing placements. Each of these clients will receive a securely managed Android tablet and will be trained to navigate the hardware and software as a tool for their health management.

"The introduction of this project was met with great excitement and commitment," remarked Costa. "Technological opportunities have been few and far between for many of the individuals that we serve. Easy access to personalized health information and the monitoring of individual health progress will prove to be life changing for our participants."

Each week Costa will conduct 5 1-hour training groups and each participant will be required to attend 2 per week. The goal is that participants will not only become more mindful of their decisions and responsibilities, but they will also have improved outcomes, involvement and advocacy.

Participants will have access to a cloud of tools and applications securely available through "", which will include access to their electronic health record. Some of the tools will be for health tracking, while others will be used as resources on topics such as primary and behavioral healthcare, as well as educational materials and general articles on wellness.

Participants will also have a direct link to their health care provider through the tablets.
One other benefit to consider comes from a social perspective. As clients learn to use this new technology as a tool they may be able to improve past relationships with friends and families, and may even establish a new approach to peer support.

"The CarePlus Client Cloud project has the potential to inspire change on many levels for participants," concluded Costa. "Not only is it an opportunity for individuals to take a more active role in their health care, but it is also an opportunity to analyze their current lifestyle and begin to incorporate more healthy decisions and positive changes."

Do YOU have a story to share? If you have a story, update, announcement, photos to share here, on Facebook, or on the website send it to the ACE team and we will work to get it out to staff and friends of CarePlus.
Program Marketing 
It is important staff to familiarize themselves with the variety of program and services offered through CarePlus so that we can make appropriate referrals for those in need. For that reason, we are working on streamlining information and materials so that they are more easily accessible.

This involves appropriately updated Program Fact Sheets, comprehensive marketing folders, social media spotlights, and up to date information on the CarePlus website.

A new folder has been added to the M Drive so that staff can quickly access Program Information Sheets. These Fact Sheets can be found in the first folder in 999 General titled _FactSheets.  

If you need any materials created, revised, or printed for your program or presentations you will need to utilize the electronic request form. This new system is being used to ensure timely and effective completion of projects.   


You may have noticed recent Facebook posts highlighting some of our services. This is the part of our effort to market each of our programs to the community.


If you would like to put your team, group or program in the spotlight, contact the ACE team to make arrangements.


 You can also send positive reviews and feedback for coworkers and clients that go above and beyond. If you have anything you would like to submit for the InsideLine, email your story and  information to Caitlyn Yerves.

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Obligatory disclaimer ("the gray area"): This newsletter is compiled by humans, and you know how humans are: we make occasional mistakes - not too many, but they do happen. Please do not consider a rush in judgment. We - "the humans" - apologize in advance for any omissions, inaccuracies, misspellings, and flagrant discombobulations. Should you desire to suggest a correction or addition, please email Caitlyn.

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