FREEHOLDER WORK SESSION MEETING SEPTEMBER 12, 2012-
The public informal work session of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Morris wascalled to order by Director Chegwidden at 9:40 a.m. on September 12, 2012 in the Freeholders’ PublicMeeting Room, 5
Floor, Administration and Records Building, Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey.Deputy Clerk of the Board Susan Allard read the open public meeting announcement as to thescheduling resolution and the publication of notice as required by law.
Freeholders In Attendance
:Director ChegwiddenFreeholder CabanaFreeholder Cesaro
Administrator BonanniAssistant Administrator BuchananClerk of the Board KetchumDeputy Clerk of the Board AllardCounty Counsel Dan O’MullanAssistant County Counsel Bush
:The meeting was open to the public and press.Freeholder GrossiFreeholder MastrangeloFreeholder LyonFreeholder MurphyDirector CybulskiDirector DiGiralomoDirector HammondDirector PintoDirector RoeDirector BurdDirector Garifo, Office of Public Information
September 2012 – Recovery Month inMorris County
Director Chegwidden presented the proclamationto Ms. Brands, Mr. Parker and Ms. Becker.Ms. Becker introduced the other attendeerepresentatives from the mental health agencies.Ms. Brands noted that this month a walkathon istaking place in Philadelphia to recognize thoserecovering from addictions. Greystone Hospitaldecided to bring together a similar local eventwhich will take place on September 20. Patients of the hospital will celebrate recovery.
Adult Protective Services
This program is geared towards the very frail andvulnerable population. Mr. Pinto introduced hisstaff.Ms. Davis and Ms. Fung made a presentation tothe Board.The APS partners with police departments, theProsecutor’s Office, financial institutions, MorrisView, community agencies, municipalgovernments, visiting nurse associations, HispanicAffairs, and health departments.The guiding principle of APS is to provide for aclient’s safety in the least restrictive setting, whilesimultaneously respecting his or her right to self determination.The Adult Protective Services Program is providedin every county under NJ Pubic Law whichbecame effective in February 1996. This programis supported through federal, state andcounty funding. Part of the federal dollarsreceived is through Peer Grouping/ Medicaid. The County benefits from thisfunding because it owns a nursing home.The Morris County APS service has 24-hour coverage which is very important,especially on weekends.APS clients are over 18 years old, living ina community setting, perceived to besubject to abuse, neglect, exploitation andlack sufficient understanding or capacity tomake decisions.The staff reviewed three types of situationsthat require assistance; self-neglect,caregiver neglect and exploitation throughguardianship.
The Administrator thanked all of those whomade the Sept. 11
Remembrance andCandlelight Vigil Special including theformer Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco, ourkeynote speaker, Buildings and GroundsStaff, the Sheriffs Office, the Office of Public Information, the Department of Employee Services, the Prosecutor’sOffice, Chief Alderton and all of thevarious Volunteers.In addition, the Administrator thankedFreeholder Murphy for his commitment tothe 9/11 Remembrance Service, the