Monday, April 1, 2013
Expresses support for legislation expanding "innovative services" for developmentally disabled.
Sen. Tom Kean Jr., R-21, got a tour and met some of the adult residents and clients of Mt. Bethel Village, the new residence in Warren designed for adults with autism and other special needs on March 28. The new facility is the first of its kind, offering a residential program for the adult residents who have "aged out" of exiting facilities for special needs residents. Sen. Kean shook hands with a number of clients and answered various questions. In chatting with Executive Director Carolann Garafola and CEO Herb Heflich, Sen. Kean expressed support for the Innovative Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, a measure currently in the Legislature which seeks to urge new approaches to housing adults with special needs in …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Wine and cheese reception held Tuesday for local emergency responders, officials.
Mt. Bethel Village, a new residence for special needs adults at 130 Mt. Bethel Road, Warren, hosted a VIP reception on Tuesday. Mt. Bethel Village opened last month with a robust day program for special needs adults. The first permanent residents are scheduled to move in later in February and in March. The Feb. 5th event was a wine and cheese reception for local officials, the construction crew and contractors and other supporters of the project. Warren Township Committeewoman Carolann Garafola, who is also executive director of the facility, welcomed, among others, Warren Police Chief Russell Leffert, Rescue Squad President Paul Rapp and Sewerage Authority Chairman Doug Reeder, along with officials of Two River Bank, which financed the …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Mt. Bethel Village welcomes first developmentally disabled participants in day program Monday.
A first-of-its-kind residence for adults with autism and other special needs is open for business with a robust Day Program and the first permanent residents preparing to move in. Mt. Bethel Village, located at 130 Mt. Bethel Road, opened its Day Program Monday, with its first day program clients. The first residential clients will move in later this month. Carolann Garafola, executive director of Mt. Bethel Village, welcomed all clients and their families with a promise of good things to come. "This beautiful new community is designed to offer a safe, fun and very functional environment for special needs adults," she said. "We are proud of every aspect of this building, from the robust security to the beautiful furnishings and …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tells committee more than 8,000 in New Jersey waiting for a place to live.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Submitted by Tom Krantz Housing for New Jersey adults with autism and other developmental disabilities is "at a crisis" with more than 8,000 people on waiting lists for group homes, according Warren Mayor Carolann Garafola, who is also executive director of the soon-to-open Mt. Bethel Village residence for special needs adults. Garafola testified on May 21 in favor of Assembly Bill A-2893, sponsored by Bergen County Democrat Valerie Vainieri Huttle, which requires the state Department of Human Services to "encourage the establishment of innovative service arrangements for persons with developmental disabilities." While the bill does not call for any new funding, its intent is to, in Garafola's words, "look at more creative solutions" to …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Encourages residents to get educated about disorder.
Acknowledging the growing number of families with a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, Mayor Carolann Garafola proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month at the April 12 Township Committee meeting. The proclamation notes the importance of early diagnosis, and the "wide ranging implications on the entire family" when a child is diagnosed. As part of the proclamation, the township "encourages all residents to educate themselves about autism and autism spectrum disorders to help assist those living with autism, and to work together to ensure that those living with autism are accurately diagnosed and able to reach their full potential throughout their lives." After Mayor Garafola read the proclamation, she invited Paul Abend, …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Writing about transitioning special needs teens to adults, Carolann Garafola highlights new facility's design.
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Friday, April 6, 2012
Since taking a new role as head of Mt. Bethel Village, the residential facility for adults with autism and developmental disabilities under construction on Mt. Bethel Road, Warren Mayor Carolann Garafola has been quick to share the facility's innovative concepts. One recent example is an article written for the Autism Spectrum News, a journal of news regarding autism published by Mental Health Education News Inc., in which Garafola noted "Many of its design features are based on recommendations made in the 2009 report Opening Doors by The Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and the Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Arizona State University." The article includes suggestions for …