Members of the Residential Treatment
Center staff admire the mural displaying
the artistic creativity of the teenage
residents of the Center located in
Elizabeth. From left are Michael Rossilli, LCSW, Director, Rachel Singer, LSW, Clinician, Corrine Rose, BS, CTRS, Recreation Therapist, and Dave Halperin, LSW, Assistant Director.

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15-bed Center for youths is first of its kind sponsored by an acute-care Hospital in New Jersey

In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Trinitas Hospital has created a new Residential Treatment Center (RTC) for Youth at its New Point campus in Elizabeth. The New Point Residential Treatment Center has been created to develop, coordinate, and deliver high quality comprehensive services to meet the challenges and needs of individuals with mental illness, as well as behavioral and emotional concerns. The 15-bed residential facility is designed for adolescents ranging in age from 12-18 who require intensive treatment for up to 180 days in a supervised, licensed, 24-hour care setting.

At the formal dedication of the Center, which has been open since September, Commissioner Kevin Ryan, Esq., of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, lauded the hospitalís Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry for its landmark commitment to establish the program, the first of its kind in the state to be sponsored by an acute-care hospital.

"When the choice for our kids is sending them to an out-of-state facility, or being able to keep them in-state, ribbon-cutting events such as this one will help us strengthen children and their families right here," Commissioner Ryan told the audience at the Dedication and Open House, adding that, "Every time we create more programs like this one in New Jersey, we let these children heal and reconnect to their parents and families right here."

Also speaking at the event, Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & CEO of Trinitas Hospital, told the attendees that the Residential Treatment Center is "a new service developed in direct response to a pressing need in our state," adding that, "this new program represents a significant investment in the continuum of behavioral services at Trinitas Hospital for children and adolescents." He continued to explain that the hospitalís staff of 14 child psychiatrists is a clear indication of its commitment to behavioral health as found in a full range of inpatient, intermediate, day programs, outpatient programs, and the newly-established residential center. Mr. Horan also noted that the hospital has expanded its presence in school-based programs that actively help youth in schools throughout Elizabeth, Roselle, Union, Roselle Park, Rahway and Westfield.

James Lape, Vice President, Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, also noted that the intensive treatment program at the RTC includes family involvement when clinically appropriate. "This Center allows the residents to be near their families," said Mr. Lape, adding that, "treatment in-state reduces distance and travel issues." Another added benefit is that adolescents can now be transferred more quickly to the Residential Treatment Center, thus reducing their length of stay in the hospitalís inpatient units.

Mayor of Elizabeth, J. Christian Bollwage, also congratulated Trinitas Hospital on its valuable contribution to help young people and their families in these circumstances, noting, "Mental illness is one of the most difficult circumstances that families have to deal with. Thanks to the Residential Treatment Center here at Trinitas, 15 kids will have the chance to work with qualified staff to make progress as they move into, or return to, the mainstream."

Director of the New Point Residential Treatment Center, Michael Rossilli, told the audience that the ribbon-cutting event was "not only a great day for the Centerís residents, but also for the staff, who have already begun to help these children create a close-knit family environment based on mutual respect and cooperation."

Luis, a 12 year-old resident, explained that by living at the Treatment Center he "feels part of a family where I can talk about my feelings and my behavior," adding that "I feel that each of us gets real support from the staff so that we can be proud of what weíre learning in the school program and proud of the way we have pulled together to help one another."

The Dedication concluded with an unveiling of a mural designed and created by the Treatment Center residents who captured artistically the themes of Creativity, Strength, Change and Spirituality.

Gary S. Horan summed up the success of the mural in reflecting the ideas of the young people by pointing out that "these young people have pride, enthusiasm, passion and belief in themselves," adding that "it is truly inspirational to see these young people in a treatment setting where they will make their mark in a program that is a landmark for both Trinitas Hospital and the state of New Jersey."

The facility is located at the following address:

New Point Residential Treatment Center
Trinitas Plaza Building, 3rd Floor
654 East Jersey Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07206


About the Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Department
The stresses of daily living, the challenges of aging, building a healthy foundation for our children or finding alternatives to chemical dependency, are all conflicts which can be difficult to manage. The Department of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry offers a wide range of treatment options so no one has to face these problems alone. In fact, Trinitas Hospital has been recognized as having one of the most comprehensive behavioral health programs in the state. The Departmentís highly trained staff provides expertise in the areas of individual, group and family psychiatry, psychological assessment and testing, and creative art therapy. The intensity of treatment ranges from acute inpatient care to outpatient services. The special circumstances of each patient are carefully evaluated and an individualized course of treatment is recommended.

Posted: November 30, 2006

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