II. Also of Interest
a. 9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
On Saturday the 9-8-8 will become the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for crisis and suicide prevention, replacing the 1-800 number currently used by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. When dialed, 9-8-8 connects the caller with the crisis/suicide prevention system. This will allow anyone in the U.S. to call 9-8-8 and get help designed specifically for someone dealing with a mental health crisis.
Recently the New Jersey Department of Human Services hosted a webinar with a presentation that you can review. Questions can be sent via email to 988Questions@dhs.nj.gov.
This direct connection to accessible and compassionate support and resources will be open to anyone experiencing emotional distress or those worried about a loved one. We encourage you to share this information with your Municipal Manager and Health Officer.
Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x110.
b. DLGS Firefighter Grant Application Due August 13
The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) and the Division of Fire Safety announced that the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant program application period is now open. The competitive grant will provide a maximum $75,000 award to assist in covering costs associated with the purchase of protective clothing (e.g., turnout clothing, helmets, pants, gloves, footwear, etc.), cleaning and advanced cleaning equipment, oxygen equipment, PPE, and other fire/virus protection equipment determined appropriate by the DLGS.
The Governor has appropriated $10 million from the American Rescue Plan State Fiscal Recovery funds to support this program. The grant is open to all local and regional fire departments, volunteer and paid. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on August 13, 2022, and must be submitted through NJDCA-SAGE portal.
For more information, please review the program grant guidelines. Applicants may contact Laurie Ann Doyle at 609-292-4132 to discuss program and project needs up to submission of the application. Questions may also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Deputy Executive Director & Director of Government Affairs, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x112.