News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
Commissioner
For Release:
April 11, 2000
For Further Information Contact:
Dennis McGowan &
Rita Manno
609-984-7160
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NJ EASE System starts in Hudson County

JERSEY CITY -- Hudson became the nineteenth New Jersey county today to implement a streamlined system for seniors to obtain information and services under the New Jersey Easy Access, Single Entry (NJ EASE) project.

"For Hudson seniors and their families, one-stop shopping for information and services has arrived," said Governor Christie Whitman. "NJ EASE promotes wellness, dignity, independence and choice for older adults and helps put an end to the confusion often experienced by those seeking senior services. It's another reason why New Jersey is a better place to live, work and raise a family."

NJ EASE is a state initiative developed in partnership with a number of county governments to create a new and easy way for seniors and their family members to learn about services within their communities. Instead of contacting many agencies, individuals in NJ EASE counties can now call one state-wide, toll-free telephone number to learn about and apply for needed services. That number is 1-877-222-3737.

Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant said, "NJ EASE will make it easier for the more than 96,000 seniors who call Hudson County home to get the information and services they need to remain independent far into their later years."

"Whether you want to apply for an established program or find out about emerging health care and housing options, like alternate family care or assisted living, the answers to your questions are as close as the nearest phone," Grant told seniors, local officials and service providers attending the county's NJ EASE kickoff celebration today at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

"Our seniors deserve the best we can give when they have questions about their health insurance or any other situation they may run into," said Hudson County Executive Robert C. Janiszewski. "I am looking forward to introducing NJ EASE to Hudson County's seniors and I urge them to take advantage of the assistance offered through the NJ EASE program of the County's Office on Aging."

By calling NJ EASE in Hudson County at 1-877-222-3737, seniors and their families can obtain:

In addition to Hudson County, Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties have begun serving seniors through the NJ EASE program.

Hudson has established 11 access points for NJ EASE services at the County Office on Aging, Bayonne Office on Aging, the North Hudson Regional Council of Mayor's Project S.H.A.P.E., Urban League of Hudson County Inc., P.A.C.O., and at the East Newark, Hoboken, Harrison and Jersey City's Maureen Collier and Paterson Street Senior Citizen Centers. Care management services will be provided by the Hudson County and Bayonne Offices on Aging, the Urban League, Project S.H.A.P.E., Senior Services Inc. (West Hudson) and Jewish Family and Counseling Services.

State planning for NJ EASE was supported by a $238,251 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant and $400,592 in matching state money.

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