PARAMUS, NJ - CarePlus NJ and New Bridge Medical Center in collaboration with the Paramus Stigma-Free Task Force, which is celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone, hosted an event to share best practices for US and UK mental health first responders on August 31 at New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus.

Attendees heard a keynote address from Bergen County Executive James J.Tedesco III and participated in a roundtable discussion, which brought together stigma-free leaders to share ideas, successes and challenges in bringing the Stigma-Free Initiative to fruition.

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Judge Sandra Robinson, Care Plus Bergen Board Member

Julia Orlando, Director of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center and Care Plus Bergen Board Member

Mary Ann Uzzi, Chair of the Paramus NJ Stigma-Free Zone and Care Plus Bergen Board Member

Dan Farnworth, Sir Winston Churchill Fellow and member of England’s Emergency Medical Service

Deborah Visconi, CEO at New Bridge Medical Center

Robert Pacicco, Care Plus Bergen Board Member