News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
Commissioner
For Release:
October 26, 1999
For Further Information Contact:
Dennis McGowan
(609) 984-7160
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NJ EASE System starts in Cape May

TRENTON -- Cape may became the sixteenth 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 Cape May 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 Commissioner Christine Grant said, "NJ EASE will make it easier for the more than 25,000 seniors who call Cape May 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," said Grant.

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

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

Cape May has established six access points for NJ EASE services at the county Department on Aging, the Cape May County Board of Social Services, and at the Lower Township Airport, North Wildwood, Ocean City and Upper Township senior centers.

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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