News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
Commissioner
For Release:
September 30, 1999
For Further Information Contact:
Rita Manno or Dennis McGowan
NJ DHSS, (609) 984-7160
Faye Salvatore, Executive Director
Gloucester Co. Office on Aging, (856) 384-6910
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NJ EASE System Starts in Gloucester

TRENTON -- Gloucester became the fifteenth 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 Gloucester seniors and their families, one-stop shopping for information and services has arrived," said Governor Christie Whitman. "NJ EASE will promote wellness, dignity, independence and choice for older adults and help put an end to the confusion often experienced by those seeking senior services."

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, unveiled by Governor Whitman during her state-of-the-state address in February, is 1-877-222-3737.

Health and Senior Services Deputy Commissioner Susan Reinhard said, "NJ EASE will make it easier for the more than 35,000 seniors who call Gloucester 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," Reinhard told seniors, local officials and service providers attending the county's NJ EASE kickoff celebration today at the Deptford Senior Citizen Center in Sewell.

"Gloucester County is very excited about becoming a NJ EASE county," said Freeholder James G. Atkinson. "This system will help our Department on Aging do an even better job of counseling and connecting senior citizens to needed services such as community programs and in-home services."

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

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

Gloucester has established 5 access points for NJ EASE services at the county Department on Aging in Woodbury, the Gloucester County Board of Social Services' office in Sewell, the Deptford and Newfield municipal buildings, and at the Gloucester County Housing Authority on South Evergreen Avenue in Woodbury.

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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