Mothers who have children with autism, physical and mental disabilities, cancer or other illnesses are encouraged to consider seeking assistance from the Mom2Mom peer support hotline, according to Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli, and Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley. The Mom2Mom program was initially established by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the fall of 2010 to care for the mental and emotional health of mothers of special needs children in Essex, Union and Morris Counties. With the support of the state Department of Children and Families, the program recently expanded this year and now offers a free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week helpline for mothers of special needs children in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Mothers and primary caregivers are encouraged to contact the helpline at 1-877-914-6662.
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