Compassionate Behavioral Health Care
One quarter of all Americans will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Mental or emotional problems affect all aspects of our lives. We may become so overwhelmed we cannot function day to day. Signs and symptoms an individual may exhibit include one or more of the following:
Overwhelming sadness and despair
Severe mood swings
Excessive and uncontrolled anger
Suicidal behavior and/or threats
We Have the Level of Care You Need
Partial Hospitalization helps people who need intensive treatment but do not require 24-hour care. This comprehensive program provides structured treatment daily, while allowing patients to return home each evening. There are two program tracks available: Acute Partial and MICA (addictions) Partial Hospitalization.
Intensive Outpatient Services are available for individuals who have progressed to less time in a partial hospitalization program. At this level, program attendance will be for fewer days and hours each week as the individual moves toward outpatient care.
Outpatient Treatment is available for a variety of mental health issues and includes comprehensive mental health evaluation, individual, group and family therapy, as well as medication management.
Getting the Help You Need
Referrals may be made by physicians, psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, social service agencies, family members, or friends. A referral is not necessary in order for someone to schedule an appointment. If you feel you need our services, you may schedule an appointment; a referral is not necessary. For people who have emotional difficulties requiring immediate attention, evaluation is available 24 hours a day by skilled and compassionate Emergency Department staff. The decision to admit someone for inpatient treatment is made by a team of mental health professionals led by a psychiatrist.
An evaluation for outpatient treatment can be scheduled by calling the BRMC Access Center at 1.800.730.BRMC (2762). Select option #2 for Outpatient Services.
How We Can Help
Bergen Regional Medical Center is a premier source for behavioral healthcare excellence and a teaching hospital with a very well-known and respected psychiatry residency program. Our diversified treatment programs offer individualized care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Our professional team will conduct a thorough evaluation to help determine what is causing the distress and how we can best help. Our highly skilled medical staff will determine if there are any underlying medical or biochemical causes for the illness. The treatment team will, after defining the difficulty, work with the patient, family, and other healthcare professionals to develop a course of treatment. This interdisciplinary approach is unique to Bergen Regional and ensures the continuum of care throughout treatment.
Outpatient treatment for adult, child, geriatric and addiction services include:
- Diagnostic assessment and evaluation
- Medication stabilization and management
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Wellness Groups
- Relapse Prevention
- Coping Skills
- Stress Reduction
- Addictions counseling
- Aftercare planning
The Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic at Bergen Regional Medical Center is one of the few clinics with providers who prescribe Vivitrol, and Bergen Regional has the staff to administer the injectable drug. Vivitrol is one of our many treatments available for addiction management.
The Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic at Bergen Regional Medical Center also offers Suboxone Therapy for our addiction patients. The treatment is held in a group setting and patients who participate must follow up monthly with a psychiatrist, attend two groups a month, and will be subject to urinalysis testing before receiving a prescription.
The highly trained professionals at BRMC realize early intervention and treatment are essential to providing the care needed for optimal results. Yet, younger patients are often reluctant to participate in the treatment process and frequently do not come forward with issues they may be having. This is why the BRMC team works closely with parents, families, and appropriate school officials to provide resources to identify problems early on and set up successful treatment programs which are easier for younger patients to access and accept.
Treatment is available at BRMC for patients ranging from the ages of 5 to17 who may exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Bipolar Disorder
Treatment modalities include psychiatric and psychosocial assessments, individual, family and group therapy and support for parents.
Family Plays an Important Role
When one person in a family suffers from a mental or emotional illness, everyone else in the family is affected. Stress and strains in relationships are intensified. We understand this and encourage family members to express their needs and feelings. We are committed to helping families participate in their loved one’s recovery process by encouraging active involvement in treatment and educational programs.
CommonGround™ Self – Assessment Program
To better meet the needs of our patients, we utilize an outpatient software program designed to enhance the shared decision making between the patient and their physician. This software was implemented in September 2014 and has proven to be a very successful tool for both patients and physicians in exploring new treatment options.