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1 Local Mental Health Resources For Children and Youth Presented By: Phyllis Strohmeyer, MA Outpatient Services Director West Bergen Mental Healthcare

2 Community Mental Health System Bergen County There are four Community Mental Health agencies in Bergen County. They are private, non-profit organizations. Each of those agencies is charged with providing mental health care for people who may or may not have limited income and who live or work within a specific geographical area known as a catchment area. We each also provide care for people from outside the catchment area, particularly as regards to our specialty programs.

3 Wide Range of Mental Health Services in One-Stop We all provide individual and group therapy; psychiatric evaluations; medication monitoring; and day programs. In addition, each of us has developed different specialty programs and depending on what the childs needs may be, clients may choose to go to an agency outside their catchment area. However, in the case of people with low incomes, their best bet for the lowest fees is to go to the agency located in their catchment area. No Community Mental Health agency is able to provide free care.

4 The four Bergen County Community Mental Health Agencies and their catchment areas are: West Bergen Mental Healthcare with facilities in Ridgewood, Ramsey and Oakland Allendale, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Oakland, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Wyckoff

5 Care Plus, NJ, Inc. with facilities in Paramus and Fair Lawn Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn, Hillsdale, Montvale, Paramus, Park Ridge, Saddle Brook, Washington Township, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake

6 Vantage Health System with facilities in Dumont and Englewood Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Old Tappan, River Vale, Rockleigh, Tenafly (from the Dumont Center) and Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fairview, Fort Lee, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck (from the Englewood Center)

7 Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. with facilities in Hackensack, River Edge and Lyndhurst Bogota, Emerson, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Lodi, Maywood, New Milford, Oradell, River Edge, Rochelle Park, South Hackensack, Teterboro (from the Hackensack and River Edge Offices) and Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Garfield, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Rutherford, Wallington, Wood-Ridge.

8 Community-Based Organizations here today for our panel: Bergen Family Center with facilities in Hackensack and Englewood was founded in 1898 and has developed into the countys oldest continuously operating family service agency. The agency supports, strengthens and enriches family life through their programs and services. Presently they serve approximately 5,000 clients from their local community.

9 Bergen County Division of Family Guidance with offices in Hackensack at One Bergen County Plaza provides clinical, residential, educational, correctional, case management and monitoring services to at-risk children, adolescents and families, particularly those who are otherwise unable to receive the needed services. Some services are only available through a referral from Family Court.

10 Access for More Information or to Make an Appointment Community Mental Health Agencies have a single point of entry – through their Access Centers. West Bergens Access Centers Hours of Operation: (201) Monday – 9-7 Tuesday – 9-5 Wednesday – 9-7 Thursday – 9 – 7 Friday – 9 – 4:30

11 Vantages Access Centers Hours of Operation: (201) Monday – Friday – 9 – 5 Care Plus (201) Monday – Thursday – 9 – 5 Friday – 10 – 4 Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare (201) Monday – Thursday – 9-5 Friday – 9 – 4

12 Bergen Family Center (201) x10 Call the main number and ask for an Intake Monday through Thursday 9 – 9 Fridays Bergen County Division of Family Guidance (201) Monday – Friday 9 – 5 (except Juvenile Family Crisis Intervention Unit – JFCIU – which has 24/7 access)

13 The Different Mental Health Professionals you are likely to find at these agencies Provisionally Licensed Professionals Licensed Social Worker (LSW) – An individual who has a masters degree or a doctorate degree in social work and has passed an exam to begin face-to-face clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed social worker. Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) – An individual who has a masters degree or a doctorate degree in counseling and has passed an exam to begin face-to- face clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed professional counselor.

14 Fully Licensed Professionals Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – An individual who has an LSW and has completed two years (1,920 hours) of full time face-to-face client contact under the supervision of a LCSW and has passed the exam to become fully licensed. Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) – An individual who has an LAC and has completed 4,500 hours of face-to-face clinical contact under the supervision of a LPC and has submitted proof of their clinical requirements.

15 Psychologists Doctor of Psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) – An individual who has achieved a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology which requires a solid understanding of scientific method and behavioral science. They must participate in supervised part-time practicum placements in various clinical settings, followed by an accredited full-time supervised clinical internship. The Psy.D. coursework emphasizes the application of this knowledge to direct clinical intervention in the diagnosis and treatment of various mental illnesses while the Ph.D. coursework focuses more on research and science.

16 Professionals who can Prescribe Medication Nurse Practitioners – A nurse with a masters degree is an Advance Practice Nurse. A Pediatric Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner has additional training to prescribe for children and adolescents who have mental health needs and has acquired a state license with Prescription Privileges Psychiatrist – A physician who holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree who specializes in behavioral health after receiving general medical training. They are able to offer medication as a tool for treatment. A Board Certified Child Psychiatrist needs to complete two additional years of training in child and adolescent psychiatry.

17 What methods of payment are acceptable? Community Mental Health agencies accept Medicaid and Medicare. We are in network with some insurances and help people submit claims for other insurances. We also accept self-pay (cash, credit/debit or personal check). For those who can demonstrate low income and reside or work within catchment areas there are sliding scale fees assigned. Some agencies may offer discounts on fees for those from outside the catchment areas who can demonstrate low income. Those discounts do not result in fees being as low as they would be if the services were provided within catchment areas.

18 Division of Family Guidance There are no fees for Services Bergen Family Center Accepts cash, credit/debit or personal c heck. They do not accept health insurance. Many programs are funded and free to the certain clients. They provide crisis services through the sliding scale program (seen within 1-2 weeks). There are no on- call therapists or psychiatrists available.

19 School Clearances Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare will do a one- time evaluation. This service is only available to people who reside in that catchment area. Vantage Health System and Care Plus do not provide School Clearances. They do offer a psychiatric evaluation and treatment. This service is not provided at Bergen Family Center or the Division of Family Guidance

20 West Bergen Mental Healthcare When school personnel have assessed that a student is a danger to self or others, but has no immediate plan or intent, school staff will, most often, contact our Access Department to inform them of the need for an emergency clearance. A Clinical Director or Supervisor will contact the school personnel to determine if we are the appropriate level of care. If so, we aim to see the student within 24 hours. If not appropriate or unable to see student – we let the school staff know immediately and advise them to call 262-help or have student transported to ER. If we can help, a licensed therapist or, if mandated, a psychiatrist will perform a risk assessment to determine the level of danger to self or others. If the mandate is for psychiatrist to perform the assessment, we are limited in our ability to do so within 24 hours (psychiatrists work part-time). If the clinician believes that hospitalization is not necessary, they provide a letter regarding the present state of the student – no future predictions


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