Youth Mental Health First Aid

Please join the Montgomery Township Health Department, Montgomery-Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance & EmPower Somerset in our YMHFA Training!


April 29, 2019

May 1, 2019

*Must attend both sessions in order to receive a certificate.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 3-step action for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Participants must be 18 years or older.  *(National Counselor for Behavioral Health)

Please click the link below to reserve your seat today! 

Heating Oil Discharge into Beden’s Brook

Yesterday evening (4/8/19) MTPD and Somerset County Haz Mat responded to a complaint of fuel oil odor and sheen on Bedens Brook at Mountain View Road.

The Haz Mat team traced the source of the material to a home heating oil tank off of Great Road.  An estimated 600 to 900 gallons of home heating oil escaped from the tank.  The tank has been pumped of the remaining material.  However, a significant amount of oil remains in the ground.

NJDEP and Somerset County Haz Mat have placed a series of booms across Bedens Brook from the source downstream to Mountain View and to Cherry Hill Road.  Clean-up and the soil remediation continues.

We are asking residents to report any fuel oil odors, or sheen on the brook, to the Health Department during regular business hours, or to MTPD after business hours so we can follow up during daylight.  Particularly important would be reports of odor or sheen downstream  (East of) Cherry Hill Road, as that would indicate further movement.

MTHD recommends that people not wade or play in the Bedens Brook  between Great Road and Cherry Hill Road until further notice.

Please call the Health Department during regular business hours at (908) 359-8211 to report any fuel oil odors, or sheen on the brook.

April is National Public Health Week


Whereas, the week of April 1-7, 2019, is National Public Health Week, and the theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.”;  and

Whereas, since 1995, the American Public Health Association, through its sponsorship of National Public Health Week, has educated the public, policymakers and public health professionals about issues important to improving the public’s health; and

good health requires making healthy choices that improve our health, setting an example for our family and friends;  as well as supporting efforts to improve the factors that affect everyone’s health and limit the ability for many people to make healthy choices; and

Whereas, during National Public Health Week, we celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships and champion the role of a strong public health system, and

Whereas, It is only when we come together that we are strong enough to create the healthiest nation in one generation.

Now therefore, be it resolved this 21st Day of March, 2019, that the Township Committee of the Township of Montgomery joins with its Board of Health and its Health Department in celebrating National Public Health Week 2019, and its focus on building safe, healthy communities.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (, between 2012 – 2017, nearly 20,000 people in the U.S. were killed in a crash involving a distracted driver.

In April, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA will again be partnering with state and local enforcement for the U Drive. U Pay campaign as a reminder to all drivers that distracted driving is deadly and illegal.

Common distracted driving behaviors include, grooming, eating, texting, drinking, using your smart phone for directions or other types of browsing, all of which will be monitored and ticketed. Texting is considered the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds, which is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

Everyone can get involved in ending distracted driving. Teens and parents need to talk to each other and parents need to be careful to model good behavior. educators and employers can help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. Employers have the opportunity to set a company policy on distracted driving.

Take responsibility. When you’re behind the wheel, your only commitment is to driving. Everything else can wait.

Health Walks in April 2019

Click here for flyer: RWJ Somerset Walks April 2019

Wednesday, April 3: 10:00 AM at the AMC Theatres in Bridgewater Commons Mall.

Enjoy a light breakfast and presentation by
Tia Hagins, RD, community nutritionist and Sandra Calado, MSN, RN, bariatric program
coordinator on “Getting the Skinny on Weight Management”. Participants are encouraged to walk
independently in the Mall’s safe, climate controlled environment as early as 6:30 AM from Monday
through Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday. Each lap around the 2nd & 3rd levels is a ½ mile and the
1st level is a ¼ mile. Please register for the HealthHike Meeting at 888-724-7123.

Saturday, April 6: 9:00 AM at Duke Farms 

Learn about the Duke Farms property and family history from an experienced docent as we explore
the beauty of the grounds while enjoying the fresh air and camaraderie of group exercise. We will
meet at the Farm Barn Orientation Center at 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 6th for a 2-3 mile walk along
paved and gravel paths. The Farm Barn Café is open 8:30-11:00 AM for anyone interested in a post-walk coffee with friends.

Saturday, April 13: 9:00 AM at Food Court of the Bridgewater Mall

Eileen Inciong, PT at RWJ Somerset will give a brief presentation on the benefits
of physical therapy before leading the group on a 2 mile walk around the 2nd and 3rd levels of the Mall.

Saturday, April 27: 9:00 AM at Natirar Park, Peapack

The Somerset County Park Rangers will lead this interpretative group walk. Enjoy the splendor of this property as we walk along the picturesque 1.3 mile Great Meadow Trail and th 1.0 mile Upper Field Nature Trail, crossing fields and meadows, and passing through beautiful wooded areas. We will meet in the upper parking lot next to the barn at 9:00 AM. Please refer to the Somerset County Parks web site for directions and a park map


Community Health Equity Forum

Montgomery Township Health Department in Cooperation with

One Montgomery, Montgomery Mosaic, and the Montgomery-Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance present

“Improving Access and Understanding of Healthcare in Montgomery”

A Community Forum on Fairness and Health Equity

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Montgomery Municipal Building, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ

See Agenda for more details.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Learn About Getting Screened and Eating Clean

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to get screened for colorectal cancer and begin eating a healthy diet of fiber-rich foods.

Somerset County Freeholder Sara Sooy and the Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC), along with the Montgomery Township Health Department and other partners are urging residents to get screened for colorectal cancer and begin eating a healthy diet of fiber-rich foods during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Find out more about the dangers of colorectal cancer until March 30 and visit the information table at the Somerset County administration building located at 20 Grove Street, Somerville. Pick up a free “Fiber-Fridays” calendar that has tips about how to add delicious fiber-rich foods to your diet, and find other free resources and information about colorectal cancer.  An online version of the calendar with interactive links can be found at Colorectal Cancer Month 2019.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer-related killer in the United States, and the third most common cancer that affects men and women according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adults age 50 and above and others who have risk factors or a family history of colon cancer are encouraged by the CDC to learn about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and healthy lifestyle choices.

Several screening methods are available including take-home tests, and many public and private insurance plans pay for colorectal cancer screening. There are local resources available to help people who are uninsured too.

Many programs are supporting colorectal awareness such as Fiber Matters: Fiber Fridays, an initiative that encourages people to add fiber-rich foods to their diet. This initiative, led by the RCDC, has designated Fridays during March as the time for people to begin their healthier lifestyle.

Another initiative, “80% in Every Community” is supported by organizations that are taking a pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates. The goal for this initiative is to have 80% of adults age 50 and above get screened regularly for colorectal cancer. Over 1,700 organizations have signed the pledge to make this goal a priority, which would prevent 277,000 cases of colorectal cancer and 203,000 deaths by 2030. To be a part of this initiative visit .

This important initiative is led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by the ACS and CDC and the RCDC.

For more information about free educational programs during the month of March, contact RCDC Coordinator Lea Kimmelman at (908) 203-6077 or

For additional tips during the month of March, follow the Somerset County Department of Health on Twitter at

For more information about Somerset County residents’ eligibility for low-cost or reduced-cost medical care, including exams and screenings call Zufall Health Center (Hablamos Espanol) at (908) 526-2335.

Morris County residents can contact the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center at (973) 971-5952 (Hablamos Espanol).

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention and is administered by the Somerset County Department of Health.

For more information about becoming a member, or to learn about available cancer resources, screening locations, dates, times and eligibility, contact RCDC Coordinator Lea Kimmelman at (908) 203-6077 or .

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training 3/22/19

Help Save a Life!

Click here for flyer. 

FREE Training and FREE Narcan Nasal Spray Kits for the first 30 participants on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Training is open to anyone who is at risk for a heroin or opioid overdose or their family or friends.

Education will be provided on how to administer Narcan (Naloxone) to reverse a heroin or opioid and rescue breathing.

Registration is not required but kits are only available to the first 30 participants.

Date: Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00 pm

Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell

One Capital Way, Pennington (NJ PURE Conference Center)

The Opioid Overdose Prevention Project is made possible by funding received from the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and JSAS HealthCare, Inc.

Montgomery Twp. Stream Cleanup

Join us and your neighbors to help clean up your town!

Click here for the flyer.

April 6, 2019 from 9AM – 11AM @ the Veterans Park (235 Harlingen Rd, Belle Mead, NJ 08502)

Important Details

  • This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly
  • Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes
  • Gloves and bags will be provided
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • If you have a large group, please email Erin Stretz (info below) to let us know to bring more supplies!

Questions? Contact Erin Stretz at