The Alliance for Positive Change: Harm Reduction Group

The Alliance for Positive Change: Harm Reduction Group

The Alliance for Positive Change invites you to participate in our weekly Harm Reduction Group.

Every Tuesday from 10:00am-11:00am

64 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor

Between 5th and 6th Avenues

New York, NY  10022

Attend our weekly Harm Reduction Group to discuss harm reduction strategies, relapse prevention skills, recovery and relationships in a safe and supportive environment. Metrocards will be provided.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Sullivan at (212) 645-0875, ext. 350.

Disclaimer: This information was provided by the Alliance for Positive Change and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above number for more information.

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Learning the basics of Medicare-UnitedHealthcare.

Learning the basics of Medicare-UnitedHealthcare.

Look inside to:

*Understand your Medicare choices

*Get tips on choosing a Medicare plan

*Discover common terms

*Find out when you are eligible to enroll

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a federally administered health insurance program providing health coverage to nearly 55 million Americans’ above the age of 65 and other individuals who are eligible due to certain illnesses or disabilities.

Who is eligible for Medicare?

Someone who is: A U.S. citizen or legal resident for at least five consecutive years.

And is one of the following:

*Age 65 or older

*Younger than 65 with a qualifying disability

*Any age with a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease or ALS

Medicare basics.

  1. There are two main ways to get Medicare coverage. You can choose Original Medicare (Parts A & B), which is provided by the federal government. Original Medicare includes Part A for hospital stays and Part B for doctor visits.

* You can choose a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan from a private insurance company. Medicare Advantage plans combine Part A and Part B coverage and many also include prescription drug coverage as well as additional benefits, such as routine hearing and vision care.

2. You will pay a share of your costs:

*Original Medicare doesn’t pay for everything and there is no limit on your out of pocket costs.

*No matter what type of Medicare plan you choose, you will pay a share of your costs through monthly premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance.

3. Medicare supplement insurance plans help pay some of your out of pocket costs.

Medicare supplement insurance plans, which are sold by private insurance companies, help pay for some of the expenses not covered by Original Medicare like deductibles and co-pays.

4. There are two ways you can get coverage for prescription drugs. You can enroll in a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan to go with your Original Medicare coverage. Part D plans are sold by private companies.


You can enroll in a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan that includes prescription drug coverage. Part C plans are sold by private companies.

5. Know the choices in your state.

*Original Medicare (Parts A & B) is the same across the U.S.

*Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and prescription drug (Part D) plans may be available in only certain counties states or regions.

*Medicare supplement insurance plans help pay some of your out of pocket costs. They travel with you nationwide. Not all plans are available in all states.

6. Enroll at the right time:

Your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) is your first chance to enroll in Medicare. Your IEP Is seven months long and includes the three months before you turn 65, your birthday month and the three months after your birthday month.

*If you enroll before the month your turn 65, your coverage starts the first day of your birthday month.

*If you enroll during your birthday month or later, your coverage start date could be delayed.

*If you’re under 65 and have a qualifying disability, you are automatically enrolled in Part A & Part B after you get Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits for 24 months.

*If you’re under 65 and have ALS, you are automatically enrolled in Part A and Part B the first month you get disability benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board.

7. You can review your choices once a year. After you choose your Medicare coverage, you can make changes each year during Medicare Open Enrollment, which is from October 15 to December 7.

8. You may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. You may be able to switch your Medicare coverage during a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if you have certain life changes, such as:

*You retire and leave a health care plan offered by your employer or union.

*You move out of your current plan’s service area.

Key Terms:

Medicare helps pay but you’ll still have costs. Medicare does not pay for all of your medical expenses. You’ll help pay the cost of your care through different types of payments.


The costs that you and the health insurance plan pay are split on a percentage basis. For example, you might pay 20% if the total allowed cost of a service and the plan would pay the remaining 80%.


The fixed amount you pay at the time you receive a covered service. For example, you might pay $20 when you visit the doctor or $12 when you fill a prescription.


A set amount you pay out of pocket for covered services each year before your plan begins to pay.

Out of Pocket Maximum:

The maximum amount you pay during a policy period (usually a year). This amount does not include your premium or the cost of any services that are not covered by your plan.

After you reach your out of pocket maximum, your plan pay 100% of the allowed amount of covered services for the rest of the policy period.


The fixed amount you pay your health insurance or plan for Medicare coverage. You may pay your premium to Medicare, to a private insurance company or both, depending on your coverage. Most premiums are charged monthly.

Explore your choices:

Enrolling in a Medicare plan for the first time. When you turn 65 or otherwise become eligible for Medicare for the first time, an enrollment window opens. This is called your Initial Enrollment Period.

Initial Enrollment Period:

If you don’t have coverage through a former employer, you may want to consider enrolling during your seven-month Initial Enrollment Period-the three months before the month you turn 65, the month of your birthday and the three months after your birthday month.

Change Happens:

Health care needs can change from year to year. Be sure to review your needs (upcoming surgeries, current prescription drugs, new wellness goals) so you can find a plan to best meet them. You can change your plan once a year during the Open Enrollment Period. This is a seven week period from October 15th top December 7th.

If you have health insurance through you employer, a Medicare pan could work with your employer-sponsored coverage.

Check with your benefits administration to see if it makes sense for you to sign up for Original Medicare (Parts A & B) in addition to the coverage you get today.

Questions to consider:

*Answer these questions that may help you get closer to understanding your Medicare coverage needs.

*Are you in good health or do you have chronic conditions?

*Which prescription drugs do you take regularly? How much do you spend?

*Which doctors do you see regularly and for what kind of care? How would you feel about seeing a new doctor?

*How much do you travel and where?

*Are you eligible for any health care coverage besides Medicare? Will you keep that coverage when you retire?

*How much did you spend on health care last year? Do you expect similar costs this year?

*How does health care fit into your budget? Will you need financial help to pay for Medicare premiums?

Additions resource:

Medicare helpline:

For questions about Medicare and detailed information about plans and policies in your area, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or go to Medicare .gov.

Medicare & You:

The official Medicare handbook for Medicare programs is updated each year. You can download a copy at the Medicare website or call the Medicare Helpline to request a copy. For online tools to find and compare drug plans, go to

Social Security Administration:

For help with questions about eligibility for and enrolling in Medicare or Social Security retirement benefits and disability benefits and for questions about your eligibility for help with the cost of Medicare coverage call: 1-800-772-1213, TTY 1-800-325-0778 between 7:00am and 7:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Administration on Aging:

For help in finding local, state and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers in your area, call 1-800-677-1116, between 9:00am and 8:00pm, ET, Monday through Friday or go to

Your current health plan:

Your health plan’s customer service center may answer questions you have about your current coverage. Call the number on your member ID card.


For information about Medicare and other programs for seniors, go to The AARP website offers educational materials about Medicare in its health section.

Your state’s resources:

Your state’s Medical Assistance or Medicaid office.

To see if you’re eligible for help with the costs of Medicare, call your state’s Medical Assistance or Medicaid office. They can answer questions about problems like Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and the Medicare Savings Program. You can also call the Medicare Helpline and ask for the number for your state’s Medical Assistance or Medicaid office.

Your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

For help with questions about buying insurance, choosing a health plan, buying a stand-alone prescription drug plan or Medicare supplement insurance plan and your rights and protection under Medicare, call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program. This program offers free counseling for decisions about Medicare coverage. In some states, this program is called the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). Find a local resource at

Your state’s hospice organizations.

For information about hospice care programs in your area, call your state’s hospice care organization. Call the Medicare Helpline to get the number.

Want to learn more?

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the UnitedHealthCare pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above numbers or email them directly for more information.





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A Family Guide to Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Services-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

A Family Guide to Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Services-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

What happens in Treatment?

Patients will be assessed by a team that includes nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, creative art therapists, recreational therapists and physical therapists, under the direction and supervision of a psychiatrist. The team will typically involve the patient and his or her loved ones in this comprehensive assessment to make sure everyone’s concerns and questions are addressed.

Treatment Plan:

Within 24 hours of being admitted, the team will develop a treatment plan and ensure agreement from the patient. The plan will involve individualized nursing care, individual and group therapy, medication management and education and consultation with other discipline as needed. The focus is restoring quality of life and improving day to day management of symptoms. The average length of stay is 5 to 7 days but every patient is different.

Treatment Schedule:

Daily treatment-related activities provides each patient with opportunities to focus on a positive recovery. The following are examples of typical treatment activities:

*Goal Meetings or Goals Groups assists the patient and staff in developing a focus for the day regarding how the patient and program staff will collaborate to achieve the overall goals of the treatment plan. The purpose of these types of interventions is to model the behaviors of goal setting, goal achievement and goal modification.

*Individual Therapy is a powerful intervention with the goal of enhancing the patient’s ability to manage feelings and behaviors, make appropriate decisions, achieve personal goals, realize potential and feel more in charge of his or her while working through concerns in a supportive environment.

*Group Therapy and Therapeutic Activities offer the support and companionship of other people experiencing the same or similar problems and issues. There are many different kinds of group therapists for varying purposes but all therapy groups exist to help individuals grow emotionally and solve personal problems through the power of group process.

Medication Management and Education:

Medications play a significant role in psychiatric stabilization and treatment. As with any medication, there are benefits and risks. Our team will provide education about the medications prescribed. Patients and families should always ask questions if the medication does not seem to be working or if they want to discontinue a medication for any reason.

Discharge Planning:

Discharge planning begins at the time of admission to the program.  The goal of a successful discharge is to provide a seamless transition to the best environment for the patient’s continued success. Social workers will work with patients and families (with permission) to achieve a safe discharge plan with existing resources. The focus will be to develop a supportive environment outside the therapeutic goals established in the inpatient setting.

What to Expect After Discharge?

We will provide the patient with discharge instructions and refer the patient to appropriate services outside the hospital. The process of recovery that started in the hospital will often continue addressing the needs of the patient. The patient will be re-evaluated from time to time to ensure that adequate progress is being made.

How can the Family be involved?

Communicate with the staff:

Let staff know your concerns to help us better understand the issues your loved one is facing. You can provide us with history and experiences that give us insight into the difficulties the patient has faced and how long they have struggled. You or your loved one will be asked to complete a satisfaction survey to assist us in ensuring that we provide excellent care and service to everyone we have contact with. Let us know what we’ve done well and where we can improve.

Communicate with the Patient:

Phone calls and visitation are important for the patient to feel connected and supported by the family during treatment. The family will also gain reassurance that your loved one is in good  hands and being well cared for. Often the patient will talk about how they are doing or things they have discovered during the treatment process. It is important that you encourage your loved one to keep their after appointments and to take their medications as prescribed. Lastly, keep an eye on how things are going after discharge and talk to the physician if things do not seem right.

Support our outcome measurement efforts:

Our outcomes measurement team may contact you or your loved one after discharge to see how the patient is doing and assess the impact of the treatment provided.

About the Program:

Our Behavioral Health/Psychiatry Department offers two voluntary programs for patients experiencing symptoms requiring 24 hour acute inpatient treatment. The Adult Behavioral Health Services program is for adults ages 18 and over and our specifically designed for those 60 and over. We offer a stigma-free, secure environment where patients are monitored and treated daily by the treatment team.

Our patient satisfaction Ratings:

The patient satisfaction rating for both our Adult and Geriatric Behavioral Health Services are above the national average.

A note about confidentiality:

Our programs fully complies with all state and federal confidentiality rules. This often meant that we do not have permission to speak with family members until lawfully authorized. We understand your interest and concern and our team will work with family or other loved ones whenever possible.

More Information:

For additional information about treatment and services, please call (201) 894-3142. If you or a loved one is experiencing a psychiatric emergency call 911.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

350 Engle Street

Englewood, NJ  07631

Disclosure: This information was taken directly from the Englewood Hospital & Medical Center and I give them full credit for it. Please call or email the above numbers for more information.


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AHF Pharmacy: People before Profit

AHF Pharmacy: People before Profit

By filling your prescription through an AHF Pharmacy, you’re helping other living with HIV. 96 cents of every dollar collected by our pharmacies directly fund AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s HIV/AIDS programs and services domestically and abroad. This allows us to continue our mission, providing cutting-edge HIV medical care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

We make it easy:

*Medicare, Medicaid, ADAP & most private insurance plans accepted.

*Hassle-free filling of any prescription in store by phone and e-prescribing.

*Speedy, confidential delivery & shipping at no cost.

*Convenient pick up available at your nearest AHF Pharmacy or AHF Healthcare Center.

*Expert pharmacy staff to coordinate all your benefits.

*Personalized consultation and support services to address your individual needs.

*Free HIV testing in selected sites.

*Select sites next to an Out of the Closet Thrift Store.

*ADAP coverage and available may vary by state

Personal Options: AHF Pharmacy has made managing your medication a lot easier with the Personal Options Plan. We offer nationwide delivery at no cost.

Disclaimer: This information is taken directly from the AHF Pharmacy pamphlet and I give them full credit on the information.


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CVS Pharmacy-Multi-Dose Packets

CVS Pharmacy-Learn more about Multi-dose Packs. There’s an easier way to take your medications.

What are Multi-dose Packs?

If you take six or more medications every day, you may be eligible for Multi-does Packs at no additional fee to you.*

This service packages your medications that are filled at CVS Pharmacy the way you take them-by date and time-so it’s easy to know when to take your next dose.

Each month, your eligible daily medications are sorted into a 30-day supply of convenient packs and labeled according to morning, midday, evening, and bedtime. The packs are then stored in an easy-to-use dispenser box and mailed to your home or your local CVS Pharmacy for pickup.

*Easier to take your medications.

*No more sorting pills into dispensers.

*Fewer trips to the pharmacy each month.

How it works:

Your multi-dose Packs will be custom-filled and labeled for you.

You’ll receive a dispenser box each month that includes a 30-day supply of convenient medication packs.

You may benefit from Multi-dose Packs if you:

*Take six or more medications every day.

*Have trouble keeping track of your pills.

*Make multiple trips to the pharmacy.

Two way to get started:

  1. Ask your doctor to e-prescribe to CVS Pharmacy Multi Dose #10762, NCPDP 4845826 (Note: Before completing enrollment, you will receive a call from the CVS Pharmacy Multi-dose Team to verify your included medications.)
  2. Or call the CVS Pharmacy Multi-dose Team at 1-844-650-1637.

Visit to learn more.

*Packaging is provided without additional fees.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the CVS Pharmacy pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call or email them for more information.

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New Jersey Imagining Network-Now Offering 3D Mammograms

New Jersey Imagining Network-Now Offering 3D Mammograms

Scheduling: 1-800-930-6759

What is 3D mammography?

*3D mammography (tomosynthesis) is an FDA-Approved technology that complements conventional 2D mammography.

*When 3D and 2D mammography are used together, some studies show that it may improve cancer detection rates.

*While traditional mammography generates a 2D image, tomosynthesis creates a 3D image of the breast allowing the radiologist to evaluate thin mammography sections of the breast, minimizing superimposed tissue.

*3D mammography can provide a clearer image of the breast tissue and may reduce the need for additional imagining.

What should I expect during the 3D mammogram?

*3D mammography is performed at the same time as 2D mammography, using the same system and with no additional breast compression.

*At x-ray arm sweeps in an arc over your breast taking images from multiple angles. Images are combined to create a 3D mammogram.

*3D tomosynthesis does involve additional radiation when compared to the standard 2D mammogram. The total radiation dosage of having both studies is below current MQSA guidelines.

Who can have a 3D mammogram?

*3D mammography is FDA-approved for all women who are undergoing a standard mammogram and elect to have this additional technology added to their exam.

Is there an additional cost to add 3D to my conventional mammogram?

*Medicare now covers the cost of 3D mammography. Please check with your private insurance company for coverage. If your insurance company does not provide coverage then there is an additional fee due at the time of service.

More Information:

*Please do not hesitate to ask one of our associates if you have additional questions.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the New Jersey Imaging Network pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above number for information and/or email them at the above address.

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The Bergen Family Center

The Bergen Family Center

Why Families Matter:

Families make up the fabric of our community. When we support and nurture individual family members we are able to make our community stronger. A stronger community creates a better place to live. We provide assistance at every stage of a family’s life journey.

Whether it’s providing parents a place for their kids to spend their day or a place for older adults to spend their mornings, Bergen Family Center is there to help.

The Zone:

The ZONE at Dwight Morrow High School and Janis Dismus Middle School builds on the strength of young people and assists them in achieving their education and life goals. The ZONE provides comprehensive culturally competent mental health and prevention services in a safe and affirming environment.

We’re All About Helping Families

Children” Providing safe and nurturing early learning services to children and their families.

Teens: Providing opportunities for healthy youth development through accessible prevention and intervention services.

Seniors: Providing compassionate services to homebound, frail and visually impaired older adults both at home and in a social and interactive day program.

Counseling: Providing clinical support for individuals and families dealing with crises such as the stresses of parent-child conflict, marital relations, loss of employment, illness or unexpected circumstances.

Our Work:’ Helping  local families since 1898. We touch every generation. For 120 years we’ve been helping families in Bergen County through personal dedication, innovation programs and quality services-Mitch Schonfeld, President & CEO.

We make a difference close to home:

We have single-mindedly served the needs of our local community since 1898. As an integral part of Bergen County, we understand the specific needs of the families we serve. Throughout our history we have helped thousands of families contribute to our community. Call us at (201) 568-0817.

About BFC:

From its founding in 1898, as an organization of boys clubs, Bergen Family Center has developed into the county’s oldest operating family service agency.

The Woman’s Club of Englewood, which started the boys organization added a day nursery in 1900 which launched a total family-supportive mission. For the next several decades the agency operated under a number of different names and in varied locations, becoming the social Service Federation in the 1920’s.

Contact Us:


44 Armory Street

Englewood, NJ  07631


10 Banta Place

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Bergen Family Center pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the numbers above for more information. I have never used the service so I have no opinion on it either yes or no to how good it is.

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