Ocean County Mental Health Awareness Committee to Receive 2015 Ambassador Award from Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma
On April 30, at the 2015 Ambassador Award Ceremony, The New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma will recognize the work of the Ocean County Mental Health Awareness Committee, who work to reduce stigma and raise awareness about mental health in Ocean County. The Ambassador Awards are given to organizations who have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments by "reducing stigma through the arts: promoting wellness and recovery."
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Preferred Behavioral Health Group has joined the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) in a national grassroots campaign to highlight the critical public health issue of alcoholism and its impact on individuals, families and the community, while highlighting resources available to help during April.
Preferred Behavioral Health Group’s affiliate Prevention First teaches children how to make healthy decisions and avoid underage drinking and other forms of substance use. Their trained and highly skilled prevention specialists work with parents, schools and communities to implement prevention and life skills education throughout the lives of the children in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Preferred Children’s Services and Preferred Behavioral Health, also affiliates of Preferred Behavioral Health Group, work to help teens and adults struggling with substance use and mental health issues by providing assessments, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, transitional living, job readiness training, parenting education and more.
For more information about the programs and services Preferred Behavioral Health Group provides, visit www.preferredbehavioral.org or call 732.458.1700.
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On Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., Preferred Behavioral Health Group hosted its First Annual Gala at Navesink Country Club. This year, the organization honored Paul Sansone, Jr. and his wife, Chris Sansone, the owners of Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, a Nissan, Kia and pre-owned auto franchise located in Neptune, New Jersey. The event, chaired by Patrice Carden, replicated glamorous nights in the casino of The Hotel de Paris in Monaco. Guests danced to music by So Watt and enjoyed French cuisine and pastries. Proceeds raised from this event will support the affiliates of the Preferred Behavioral Health Group, including Prevention First, Preferred Children’s Services and Preferred Behavioral Health, whose collective mission is to provide innovative wellness through compassionate care.
On Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., Preferred Behavioral Health Group will host its First Annual Gala at Navesink Country Club. This year, the organization is honoring Paul Sansone, Jr. and his wife, Chris Sansone, the owners of Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall, a Nissan, Kia and pre-owned auto franchise located in Neptune, New Jersey. Paul grew up in the auto industry, having worked for his father for over 20 years. In December 2009, Paul and Chris purchased the dealership from Paul’s father. Since then they have developed unique programs to make car buying, servicing and accessorizing easy for everyone as well as giving back to the community.
Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG)’s Sandy Support and Counseling Project will be one of only 15 organizations to receive funding from the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that raises and distributes funds to organizations that support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities impacted by the storm. The Fund aims to make a sustainable, long-term impact and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of New Jersey communities. The grant, in the amount of $150,000, will allow PBHG to continue providing behavioral health services to those affected by Superstorm Sandy until December 31, 2015. PBHG was one of 45 grant applicants in the final grant cycle and the only behavioral health provider to be awarded funding. “This is reflection of the positive reputation and success of the program in collaborating and effectively delivering services to the community” said Michael Blatt, Executive Director of Preferred Behavioral Health.
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Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) has been accepted into a program called Learning to Love Groups presented by the National Council for Behavioral Health, in partnership with New York University’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the Silver School of Social Work. This exciting initiative is an opportunity for organizations like PBHG to strengthen group delivered services by improving the knowledge and skills of group facilitators and their supervisors.
Sometimes, behavioral health organizations struggle to equip staff with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide engaging and effective groups. Learning to Love Groups is designed to address this widespread challenge by providing group facilitators and their supervisors with the critical information, training and tools necessary for delivering engaging, effective and practical themed centered groups. A primary aim of the learning community is to strengthen and reinforce supervisors’ role in coaching and guiding their supervisees involved in facilitating groups.
PBHG was accepted to this six month learning community after a competitive application process. Over the next half year, PBHG will establish and empower a two to three person team composed of the program supervisor, group facilitator and a peer leader for participation in this learning community.
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Preferred Behavioral Health Group is a group of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, including Prevention First, Preferred Children's Services and Preferred Behavioral Health, whose mission is to provide innovative wellness through compassionate care.