Our Achievements in 2019
2019 marked our 39th year in existence.
As in previous years, Wellspring Center for Prevention construed its growth by adding staff, increasing our offerings to the communities we serve, and being awarded additional grants. We were especially proud to introduce The PATH, a school-based clinical services program.
Wellspring’s school-based clinical services provide custom-tailored, collaborative, school-based programs that offer the best of mental health counseling, structured recreation, psycho-education, and skill-building, in a non-stigmatizing school-based environment—plus wrap-around services to complete the care continuum. The PATH’s efforts are designed around collaboration with the school district’s practices and on-site support services to ensure a seamless, barrier-free environment to care. Each program is staffed by professionals experienced in youth development, mental health counseling, and case management and backed by Wellspring’s mission to help educators focus on their youth and foster and develop healthy minds and healthy bodies.
As a result, our staff grew to 23 individuals, the largest staff in the agency’s history. The additional staff enabled the agency to expand its programmatic offerings, in additional geographic locations, especially in Monmouth County.
Among the new financial assignments the agency realized in 2019 was the Carteret Board of Education for the purpose of implementing a Twilight Program at Carteret High School. The grant covered counseling and support services for up to 12 students, three evenings each week. And then, Pathways was approved for additional funding by the Carteret Board of Education to create a multi-tiered program at the Carteret Middle School. Wellspring was also awarded a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative grant from the County Department of Community Services. The grant provided for early intervention with youth who have been involved in delinquent activities either in school or in the community.
And, agency staff continued to service youth, families and community members through grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, as well as those awarded by Monmouth County’s Human Services and Youth Services Departments, the Middlesex County Office of Human Services, and the New Jersey Prevention Network.
Once again, in 2019, agency staff were able to deliver many fee-for-service programs throughout Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, and beyond. Some of these program featured presentations on topics such as drug trends, bullying, vaping and parent-targeted programs such as a suicide prevention presentation.
Our efforts throughout the year also featured community efforts by the Coalition for Healthy Communities which implemented several major events including the annual Young Women’s Conference; the annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit; several Town Hall meetings; and the annual Tree of Hope event which recognized the Middlesex County Drug Court.