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Substance Abuse/Behavioral Issues on the Rise in NJ; New Program Answers Public’s Need

Kemi Olukoya

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 • 4:22pm

Caring for the mental health care needs of adolescents and adults is an urgent issue in New Jersey with long-term consequences for individuals and the community.  According to the NJ Association of Mental Health Agencies, the cost of untreated mental illness in New Jersey is $4 billion annually, with the toll found in non-psychiatric medical care, prisons, unemployment, substance abuse, disability, shelters, lack of productivity, school interventions, and broken families. Over half of children with severe mental illnesses do not graduate from high school.  With these unsettling statistics in mind, GenPsych PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, has opened a new Livingston, NJ location and will host a free open house event on February 20, 2013 to celebrate.

GenPsych of Livingston distinguishes itself from standard mental health and substance abuse service providers by offering the very latest therapy programs and techniques. For example, GenPsych of Livingston incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) throughout its program structure. DBT is an effective treatment for individuals who have trouble regulating their emotions (self-destructive behaviors such as self-harm, eating disorders, and substance abuse are all examples of this).  Both an intensive outpatient and partial care DBT program will be offered in order to provide comprehensive help for individuals of all level of care needs.  DBT teaches clients to change self-destructive behaviors by managing stress, regulating emotions, and improving interpersonal relationships.  In addition to DBT therapy, GenPsych also runs a highly effective partial care and intensive outpatient Eating Disorders Program (called The “HEAL” Program) that teaches clients healthy eating habits, coping skills, and mood stabilization techniques. 

“GenPsych’s new Livingston, NJ location is a direct response to the need we’re observing in the community and an important addition to the range of mental health and substance abuse services available to Essex County residents,” said Dr. Henry Odunlami, Founder and CEO of GenPsych, PC. “We know that treatment works.  The success rates of treatment surpass those of any other medical conditions.  The dysfunction created by untreated mental illness has a multiplier effect, draining society’s resources in numerous, unexpected ways.”

Other GenPsych adult and adolescent services include comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and medication management. 

The Livingston open house will be held on February 20, 2013 from 12pm-3pm at the new location (5 Regent Street, Suite 518, Livingston, NJ 07039).  If you’re interested in attending to meet the staff and hear about all the programs offered, please call (973) 994-1011 ext. 103 to RSVP.

For more information on GenPsych, visit: www.genpsych.com

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