Lucy Esralew, PhD, Clinical Administrator of the S-COPE initiative, contributed to the discussion at the first S-COPE conference in 2013. The conference explored crisis response and training for nursing home and assisted living staffs to reduce emergency room visits of the elderly through clinical assessments done in place.

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Behavioral health and psychiatric professionals provide in-hospital and community-based services year-round

As one of the most comprehensive behavioral and mental health treatment centers and service providers in New Jersey, Trinitas Regional Medical Center proudly acknowledges National Mental Health Month in May.

Trinitas pays close attention to the social issues that impact the mental health and well-being of the entire community and takes a proactive approach to helping address those issues. In response to the deadly shootings at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, Trinitas professionals published Step-Up, Take Action: When Does a Child Need Help? This guide informs and educates teachers, school boards, parent organizations and others concerned about school violence in elementary schools. Published in English and Spanish, the guide can be accessed by clicking the link above, or by contacting the Department of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry at 908-994-7223.

In April, 2014, the "Pills/Heroin = Overdose: Defining the Epidemic & Implementing Strategies to Reduce Overdose" conference at Trinitas probed the troubling epidemic of prescription pain killer abuse that often leads to heroin addiction. Panelists from state government, law enforcement, the medical community, healthcare, community agencies fighting drug abuse, and families feeling the tragic results of addiction gathered to examine the issue.

Based in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Trinitas offers behavioral health and psychiatric services for adults, children, adolescents and their families. Bilingual psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, creative arts therapists, substance abuse counselors, and mental health workers bring depth and diversity to the services Trinitas offers. Through these professionals Trinitas is well-positioned to respond to any manner of psychiatric emergency, provide screenings, inpatient/outpatient/partial hospital programs and addiction services for adults, children and families.

Beyond its 95-bed inpatient facility for adult, child/adolescent and mentally ill/developmentally-disabled persons, Trinitas typically provides more than 200,000 behavioral health visits each year. At its New Point campus in Elizabeth, the New Point Residential Treatment Center is a 15-bed facility serving adolescents aged 12-18 who require extended voluntary treatment (minimum 180 days). Young people at the Residential Treatment Center receive licensed, supervised, 24-hour care through an intensive program that treats severe behavioral and emotional disturbances. The Center's multidisciplinary team includes but is not limited to a psychiatrist, social workers, psychologists, nurse, and childcare workers.

Beyond New Point, Trinitas also exhibits a dynamic statewide presence through innovative programs to benefit other age groups. Its Statewide Clinical Consultation and Training program, (SCCAT), is designed to help the developmentally disabled. SCCAT offers key services to those over the age of 18, including assessments, linkage to mental health and behavioral services in the community and crisis mobile response. In collaboration with the New Jersey Institute of Successful Aging, Trinitas impacts mature citizens in all 21 counties of the state through the Statewide Clinical Outreach Program for the Elderly, (S-COPE). Now in its second year, S-COPE addresses the needs of adults 55 years and older who reside in nursing facilities and who may be at risk for making trips to emergency rooms and screening centers. They can now be seen and assessed by clinicians who specialize in the care and management of geropsychiatric and behavioral problems.

For further information about the programs and services of the Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, call 1-888-841-5564 or visit the Trinitas Behavioral Health Center of Excellence section of our web site.


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: May 5, 2014

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