PREFERRED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH GROUP OF NEW JERSEY INC

Changing Lives...Saving Lives

aka Preferred Behavioral Health Group   |   Lakewood, NJ   |  www.preferredbehavioral.org

Mission

Mission Statement: To deliver quality and compassionate behavioral health services to individuals and families through a Trauma Informed Care philosophy and approach. Vision: To be a center of excellence that focuses on innovative and integrated wellness through compassionate care. Values: Compassion, honesty, accountability, integrity, respect, cultural competence, transparency, and safety. Promise: To change lives and save lives though a strengths-based approach, partnering with individuals to help achieve their full potential and enhancing their quality of life.

Notes from the nonprofit

Established in 1978, Preferred Behavioral Health of New Jersey was formed to provide outpatient therapy and mental health services to individuals of all ages. Today, our 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides comprehensive behavioral healthcare to include substance use and mental health disorders and offers a full array of programs and services to meet the needs of children, adolescents and adults, including individual/family/group therapy, senior-specific programs, transitional residential and independent living facilities. Our programs are geared to specific populations, substance use and mental health advocacy, education and prevention. We offer outpatient substance use treatment as well as employee assistance programs. PBHG has partnered with the largest behavioral health pharmacy provider in the country (Genoa Healthcare) to provide quality pharmacy services to our consumers.

Sources of financial support include provider fees from government (Medicare/Medicaid) and private health insurance organizations, state, county and local departments/agencies and consumers, as well as grants and donations.

In early 2014, the leadership of nonprofit affiliate organizations Prevention First, Preferred Behavioral Health of New Jersey, Preferred Children's Services and Preferred Behavioral Health Foundation concluded that families, children and individuals are best-served when quality healthcare services are available in a seamless, continuum. To that end, we joined forces to create one flexible, integrated organization to enhance lives and envelop their missions. In June 2014, Preferred Family of Services, Inc., doing business as Preferred Behavioral Health Group, was born.

On January 1, 2017, Preferred Behavioral Health Group became an affiliate of Oaks Integrated Care, with the State of New Jersey and the Boards of Trustees of both organizations approving the affiliation. While becoming a member of the Oaks family of services, Preferred Behavioral Health Group remains an independent company under the leadership of CEO Mary Pat Angelini.

This new affiliation will enhance our mission, expand services and strengthen our ability to succeed in the changing healthcare environment. It has unified two clinically strong, financially healthy organizations with a shared mission of improving the quality of life for individuals and families living with a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability. Together, we will strengthen service delivery, maximize efficiencies and most importantly, give more people access to compassionate, quality care.

For more information, visit www.PreferredBehavioral.org.

Ruling year info

1980

CEO

Mary Pat Angelini

Main address

PO Box 2036

Lakewood, NJ 08701 USA

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Formerly known as

The Northern Ocean Counseling Service, Inc.

EIN

22-2196988

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Serving the community for over 40 years, Preferred Behavioral Health Group has been an invaluable resource for those experiencing the challenges of behavioral health, including Substance Use and Mental Health. Preferred Behavioral Health Group offers 70 comprehensive programs that provide prevention, education, and treatment services. In addition PBHG has successfully collaborated with local schools, law enforcement, and other community organizations. PBHG has over 450 certified and professional staff members that include psychiatric prescribers, APN's, clinical social workers, substance abuse counselors, case manager, nurses, and psychologists. With over 30,000 individuals helped every year, our philosophy is to encourage, promote and facilitate empowerment and hope for those we treat, as well as expectations for recovery and wellness. We strive to continuously augment our programs and advance the quality of our services. We are changing lives and saving lives every day!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RIPTIDE

RIPTIDE is an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) substance abuse program with a school component for adolescents who cannot remain in school during treatment.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The SAIL program serves adolescents 13-18 years old who are at risk for out-of-home placement due to behavioral or emotional issues. The milieu focuses on maximizing learning, growth and daily living skills through the following services: intake assessment, psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, substance abuse education, individual, family and group counseling, case coordination, educational support and liaison services, life skills training, therapeutic recreation, socialization, respite care, crisis intervention, meals and transportation.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Healthy Families serves to prevent abuse and neglect of children under three years of age by providing early risk identification and intervention to families at risk. Assistance to at-risk parents is provided to promote positive child development for their infants and young children. The program staff ensures that families at risk for child abuse and neglect recieve appropriate health and supportive services as well as identify and build on family strengths and support parents as the primary caregivers and nurturers of their children.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

This program is designed to give adolescents ages 16-21 a head start for responsible living as young adults. Each participant is given a comprehensive independent living skills assessment to determine life skills proficiency levels. Intensive training is then provided through both educational groups and individual skills training sessions. Participation in the program is at least six months long but can continue as long as the youth's commitment to obtaining the goal is evident.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

The School-Based Youth Services Programs address the social and health needs of teens in a comprehensive, one-stop shopping, non-stigmatized manner in their school setting in order to promote healthy youth development. These programs provide a full array of behavioral health and social services to the students and their families within the Lakewood and Brick school districts. These services include, but are not limited to: individual, group and family counseling, case management, substance abuse services, college exposure, job readiness training and recreation.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available to families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when a child is in crisis. The severity of the crisis cannot warrant psychiatric hospitalization or arrest by the police department. This in-home intervention is available in order to diffuse and stabilize the child and family in their home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
Beginning Awareness and Basic Education Skills (BABES)
Drug Jeopardy
Footprints for Life
Forest Friends
Project Oz (for students with special needs)

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

COMPASS
Keys to Innervisions
LifeSkillsTM Training
Safe Dates
Anti-Bullying 101
Courageous KidsTM
Cyberbullying Assembly
It Takes CourageTM
What If?TM

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Substance Use Services provide recommendations and referrals designed to help individuals and families make informed decisions about the next step.

Substance Use Services are provided by licensed addiction counselors, licensed social workers, licensed family therapists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and nurses who collaborate and develop tailored treatment. These are all evidence-based services making sure that everything we do, we do with quality and high standards for better outcomes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Behavioral Modification Support, Psychological & Psychiatric Evaluations,Senior Counseling Services,Individual & Family Counseling and Therapy

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

We offer a full-service EAP with a variety of options tailored to specific companies or organizations. We have been providing EAP services in New Jersey for over 25 years. We employ licensed professional clinicians with diverse specialties who are available to provide assessment, short-term problem solving and referrals to long-term providers or other resources in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

carf *CARF has accredited PBHG for the following programs: Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Subst 2018

Awards

Best Practices Award 2018

CIANJ Commerce Magazine

Affiliations & memberships

Oaks Integrated Care 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of support group services offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our key strategic goal is to continue to position Preferred Behavioral Health Group as and to be acknowledged as the premier organization in the field of behavioral health in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, with the following four key differentiators:
 PBHG has a recognized reputation with respected and proven results for more than 40 years.
 PBHG is a trusted partner and an integral part of the community with the ability to quickly respond and adapt to the ever-changing needs of the community, with an integrated approach to wellness.
 PBHG is a trauma informed organization that promotes safety, trust, and transparency; encouraging wellness and self-care through an empathetic perspective that recognizes and embraces cultural differences.
 PBHG is proud to have been chosen as the site for numerous pilot programs of trailblazing behavioral health initiatives never before offered in NJ.

Strategic Organization: Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) shall embrace a culture which identifies for its workforce a clear stable foundation based on the organization's Mission, Values, Promise, and Strategic priorities. It is upon this foundation that the organization is flexible and dynamic, rapidly adapting and “rolling" with changes in the environment. Our ability to adapt and evolve will ensure our long term viability so that we can provide the services and support critical for the health and well-being of our consumers based in our community.
In 2019, PBHG became a Trauma Informed organization. Trauma Informed Care is an organization-wide initiative which includes all employees and has been integrated in all programs in the four Centers of excellence. As a Trauma Informed Care organization, we have bolstered our treatment and support of clients by understanding the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on individuals. The current data indicates that 90% of all individuals with a mental illness have experienced a trauma at some time during their lives. Our plan is to further establish PBHG as the trailblazer and leader in Trauma Informed Care in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Preferred Behavioral Health has focused on meeting the growing need for exceptional behavioral health services for individuals of all ages since its inception in the 1970's. During 2020, we had an unprecedented year of challenges, resilience and healing. The critical need for behavioral health care support and treatment had not only continued, but had increased significantly. With the onset of the 2020 pandemic, we immediately adopted a new business model with has been very effective in managing our clients' needs. We have changed the way in which we are staying connected with our clients and the community, using telehealth and telepsychiatry applications. This uncertain time takes a toll on all individuals, from children to seniors. PBHG is here to protect, support, and treat the most vulnerable in our community. Individuals with preexisting mental illness or substance use are extremely susceptible to exacerbation of their conditions or possible relapses. In addition, the rising unemployment rates are intensifying fear, anxiety, and stress. We have already seen an upsurge with our clients and many new clients who are coming to PBHG for counseling and treatment. Communication, counseling, and therapy are critical in maintaining treatment and recovery practices.

Today, the organization provides comprehensive behavioral health care and offers a full array of programs and services to meet the needs of people of all ages, including individual, family and group therapy, programs designed for senior citizens, transitional residential and independent living facilities, advocacy, education and substance use treatment.

Our professional clinical and administrative staff are highly trained and educated with a diversified array of credentials. PBHG has partnered with the largest behavioral health pharmacy in the country (Genoa Healthcare) to provide quality pharmacy services to our clients.

The challenges are great, our resilience is strong, and healing is progressing. Whatever the future holds, we are committed and driven to supporting our mission, so no one who comes to us ever feels isolated, lost, or alone.

Last year, Preferred Behavioral Health Group provided services for over 30,000 individuals through 70 specialized and customized programs. We serve individuals from birth 104 years old at our 15 locations, as well as in many of the local schools. Preferred Behavioral Health Group has over 450 staff members that include advanced practice nurses, clinical social workers, professional counselors, substance abuse counselors, case managers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, residents, and interns. The challenges of mental illness and substance use do not discriminate. They impact individuals of all ages, all races, all genders, and from all socioeconomic groups. It requires a united effort to address these challenges, so we collaborate with local schools, law enforcement and other community organizations. We also have strong working relationships with the local major health systems, offering complementary programs for their patients who need co-occurring treatment, longer term, or intensive outpatient programs; for people with or without insurance. Together, we are providing the best treatment options.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2019, Preferred Behavioral Health Group became a Trauma Informed organization. Trauma Informed Care is an organization-wide initiative which includes all employees and has been integrated in all the programs in the four Centers of Excellence. As a Trauma Informed Care organization, we have bolstered our treatment and support of clients by understanding the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on individuals. The current data indicates that 90% of individuals with a mental illness have experienced a trauma at some time during their lives. Our plan is to further establish PBHG as the trailblazer and leader in Trauma Informed Care in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PREFERRED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH GROUP OF NEW JERSEY INC

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Grace Hanlon

Consultant


Board co-chair

Dr. Webster Trammell

Retired VP of Brookdale Community College

Mary Pat Angelini

Preferred Behavioral Health Group

Benjamin Waldron

MODC

Craig Coleman

Retired Education

David Salewski

Oaks Integrated Care

Derry Holland

Oaks Integrated Care

Gale Lewin

Oaks Integrated Care

Grace Hanlon

Former NJ Director of Tourism

John Maldjian

Maldjian Law Group LLC

Stephen Trimboli

Trimboli & Prusinowski LLC

Webster Trammell

Consultant

Antonella Carannante

Owner/Manager Real Estate

George DiStefano

Unity Construction

John Meehan

JCP&L

Justin Kolbenschlag

Kolbenschlag Law

Michele Bisaccia

Michele Bissacia Health Interiors LLC

Sr. Rosemary Jeffries

President Emeritus of Georgian Court University

Philip Beachem

NJ Alliance for Action

Randy Minniear

Mercury Public Affairs

Charles Melita

Integrated Financial Concepts

Lynn Maurer

TD Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.