A Comprehensive Program for Students, Families, School Staff and Communities

TALK Program

Building life skills and increasing protective factors that lead to success

Classroom and Groups
School-based Prevention Specialists deliver evidence-based classroom lessons and work with students in small psycho-educational groups.

"TALK has been helping me from 2nd grade up until now in my college years. When I was in 4th grade, I was coming to terms that my mother was on drugs. Thanks to TALK, I am not embarrassed of her addiction anymore because I was taught I did not cause it, I cannot change it and I can do better for myself. "
~ S.M., College Sophormore, TALK Participant
TALK Program

Family/Parent Programs
TALK program provides evidence-based family education program to students and their families, which reinforces skills taught in the classroom and focuses on skill building.

"This program was wonderful. It got us though our family crisis, and helped me and my kids. " -Parent

Summer Programs
This interactive program reinforces the evidence-based lessons students learned during the school year and prepares students for the next academic year.

Staff Development
Prevention Specialists deliver ongoing professional development to staff in the areas of 504, Intervention & Referral Services (I.&R.S.), and suicide prevention and awareness.

Community Partnerships
Prevention Specialists actively participate in community committees/councils to remain informed about drug and alcohol trends in the community, identify community partners to appropriately refer students and to decrease the community-level risk factors for substance abuse.

TALK Program Locations

Ocean County

  • Toms River Regional Schools
  • Lacey Township School District
  • Barnegat Township School District

Monmouth County

  • Bradley Beach School District
  • Howell Township Public Schools
  • Hope Academy Charter School, Asbury Park

Essex County

  • East Orange School District

For information please call Tracy Gross at 732-914-3815.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
1691 U.S. Highway 9
CN 2025
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 914-1688
Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200

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