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Morris County to Sponsor Public Forum on Mental Health, Addiction and Human Services For Families and Consumers

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Morristown, N.J. - The Morris County Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board and Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a free public forum on mental health, addictions, and human services that are locally available to citizens.

Titled “The Many Faces of Recovery: Creative Expressions,” the program is open to individuals and their families who have been involved with or who want to learn more about Morris County’s publicly-funded human services. This year’s theme is creativity in recovery; art and song will be a part of the evening.

The program will take place on June 9, 2015, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, N.J.

According to Laurie Becker, Morris County Mental Health Administrator, the Freeholder-appointed Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board is seeking input and public comment on services and unmet needs in order to strengthen the county’s services, and agency and government officials will be on hand to address the public’s questions and comments. Information gathered at the forum will help the advisory board focus its planning efforts on the areas of greatest need.

The advisory board is also interested in hearing from individuals recovering from mental illness, substance abuse or both, regarding the services that were most helpful or least helpful in the person’s recovery.

The forum will consist of a sharing of community resources, and networking and a light supper will be served. Further information may be obtained by calling the Morris County Mental Health Administrator, Laurie Becker at 973-285-6852.

The Morris County Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board reviews, monitors and recommends areas of improvement for many of the county’s mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.

The board also makes funding recommendations for publicly funded programs that serve these populations.


Household Hazardous Waste/Computer/Electronics Collection Days

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority will conduct a free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Computer/T.V. Drop-off event on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., Parsippany.

Morris County residents will be able to drop-off at no charge unwanted hazardous materials and electronic devices including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines and televisions from their homes.

This event is for all Morris County residents. Businesses will not be permitted to attend this disposal event.

Acceptable materials include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and removers, solvents, automotive fluids, lead acid and rechargeable batteries, pool chemicals, darkroom chemicals, aerosol cans (not empty), propane and helium cylinders, small quantities of asbestos (wetted, double bagged and sealed with duct tape), driveway sealant, roofing tar, fluorescent bulbs, PCB-ballasts, mercury thermometers and switches, household cleaning products, muriatic acid, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines and televisions. Latex paint will not be accepted.

Explosive or highly reactive materials, such as picric acid or nitro compounds, will not be accepted. For information about safe disposal of explosive or reactive material, call (973)-631-5109.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Computer/T.V. Drop-off events have also been scheduled for Saturday, September 12 at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy and Sunday, October 18 at the Jefferson Township D.P.W. Garage.

For more information about these events, call (973) 285-8394, or visit the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority website, www.MCMUA.com.


County's Enhanced Road Resurfacing Program to Commence

Morristown, N.J. - Morris County’s 2015 road resurfacing program will commence the week of May 11, 2015 on West Mill Road in Washington Township. This is just the beginning of an ambitious 32 mile program for 2015, funded through county and state dollars.

Pipe and drainage work of a 1.8 mile stretch of West Mill Road from the Hunterdon County line through Beacon Hill Road is planned to begin on May 11 and construction work, including the milling and the repaving of that stretch of West Mill Road, will begin on or about May 18.

Morris County Freeholder David Scapicchio said the work is part of the county's enhanced road resurfacing program for 2015. The county budgeted over $6 million in their 2015 Capital Program for roadway resurfacing in order to continue provide the high level of work that was implemented in 2014.

Scapicchio, freeholder liaison to the Department of Planning and Public Works, said the pipe and drainage work is expected to take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., while milling and paving work will be done between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The contractor will work closely with local police and make adjustments as necessary.

The entire project should be completed in two to three weeks. Traffic will be alternated, as there are no available detours. Road closures are not expected, but should they become necessary, Scapicchio said any closure will be properly signed and coordinated with the local police departments.


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