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Bridgeway’s Chairperson’s Dinner Celebrates Its Supporters

UNION, N.J. -- Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services, New Jersey's leading nonprofit mental health and substance use rehabilitation and recovery organization, will host its Annual Chairperson's Dinner on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 373 Clermont Terrace in Union, N.J.

"The theme of our event this year is 'Peace Love and Wellness,'" said event host Bridgeway Board Chairperson Joseph Perez, Partner at WithumSmith+Brown, CPA. "We promise a fun evening! We are looking forward to celebrating with Bridgeway's friends and stakeholders what we have accomplished and our plans for the future. Our honorees have all contributed to Bridgeway's success, from generous volunteerism to innovative community support to passionate advocacy."

Bridgeway will honor contributions by Jim O'Connor, CRO of The Health Benefit Alliance with Volunteer of the Year Award; Michael Frost, Director of Somerset County Department of Human Services, with Community Partner of the Year Award; and NAMI NJ with Advocates of the Year Award, accepted by esteemed Executive Director Meredith Blount.

The Chairperson's Dinner is on April 19 from 6-10 p.m. and includes happy hour, dinner by Encore Caterers, a silent auction, pop-up photo studio, and live music by Chip Mergott, The Happy Boys, and Chuck Lambert. Several unique sponsorship and journal advertising opportunities are available. Donations to Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

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Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased online here:

Custom Sponsorships are available by calling Lisa Giannascoli at 908-635-7647.

About Bridgeway:

Over the past 55 years, Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services has grown from providing one vocational program for people experiencing mental health disabilities, located in Bridgeway's founding home in the City of Elizabeth, to providing a range of urgent care, short term and long term services answering a growing need among our friends, neighbors and loved ones.

Bridgeway services provide evidence based treatment for mental health care, substance use, and co-morbidities in ten New Jersey counties. Services include living room model crisis intervention centers in Hudson and union Counties, as well as extensive professional session-based counseling services.

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Fairport Wealth Announces 2022 Community Beacon Recipient

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Fairport Wealth is pleased to announce Beech Brook, a local behavioral health agency that empowers children and their families, as its 2022 Community Beacon. It is especially important to support the mental health needs of children and adolescents this year, and we are proud to assist Beech Brook's mission.

Beech Brook: Helping Families Thrive Since 1852

Beech Brook was founded 170 years ago after a cholera epidemic left many children homeless-and the non-profit continues to help children and their families thrive. Beech Brook's President and CEO, Thomas Royer says, "We're committed to delivering on our founders' mission for today's most vulnerable children and families, and for generations to come." Fairport's Managing Partner, Ken Coleman adds, "Our mission, like Beech Brook's, is to inspire families, and we are happy to be a part of their anniversary celebration." Throughout the year, Beech Brook will empower Fairport and Luma Wealth families by providing educational resources about mental health.

Fairport and Luma Wealth: Joining the Mission

CMO, Kristen Lucas says, "Fairport and Luma Wealth team members are eager to support Beech Brook's events throughout the year, including its spring fundraiser, 5k and Family Fun Run, and other volunteer opportunities. And our clients, who share our commitment to support the community, will be invited to join us!" Tom Seifert, an Advisor at Fairport and Luma Wealth, is an avid Beech Brook supporter and has provided leadership on the Board of Directors for over a decade.

About Fairport Wealth

Fairport Wealth provides comprehensive wealth management solutions for high-net-worth individuals and guides them through life's transitions. Clients value our depth of talent and experience, along with our collaborative and approachable style. For more information, visit

About Luma Wealth

Luma Wealth Advisors is a division of Fairport Wealth that provides women and their families personalized wealth planning, experienced investment management, and a supportive, enriching community where they can learn, connect, and celebrate with other women. For more information, visit

Securities offered through Hightower Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC, Hightower Advisors, LLC is a SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

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Stride’s Evidence-Based Autism Therapy Now Available at Four Iowa Locations

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Stride Autism Centers ("Stride"), a mission-driven provider of evidence-based therapy for children with autism, today announced that it has expanded to serve families at four centers throughout Iowa. Stride is now actively enrolling clients at all four locations, including Clive and Johnston in the Des Moines metro area, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport in the Quad Cities.

Stride's clinical team specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA therapy - the most rigorously studied "gold standard" of treatment for individuals with autism. All of Stride's centers exclusively serve preschool-age children (ages 2-6) and utilize 1:1 therapist-to-child ratios to provide individualized support during the most critical years of child development.

Every child at Stride has a highly customized treatment plan developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts and overseen by a dually credentialed clinical psychologist/BCBA-D.

"Stride's mission to provide the best possible support to children with autism and their families is deeply personal to me," said Brad Zelinger, Stride's Founder and CEO. "My sister has an autism-related disorder called Rett Syndrome. She is nonverbal, and requires substantial support in everyday activities. I founded Stride so individuals like her can get the effective therapy they need as early as possible to live more independent, joyous lives. As a Midwesterner myself, I'm particularly motivated to bring Stride's services to underserved communities throughout the Midwest."

"Decades of research demonstrating the effectiveness of early intervention for children with autism underly our decision to specialize in the early treatment of young learners," said Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish, PhD, LCP, BCBA-D, NCSP, Stride's Clinical Director and University Chair of ABA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

"Our mission-driven team is incredibly motivated by Stride's unwavering commitment to meaningful outcomes. We're grateful that our singular focus on the highest quality care has allowed us to attract outstanding clinical leaders and therapists alike," Dr. Whittington-Barnish added.

About Stride Autism Centers

With center-based programs throughout the Midwest, Stride Autism Centers is a mission-driven provider of Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA therapy, to preschool-age children with autism. Stride can help with communication, social skills, self-care, school readiness, play and leisure, transitioning and emotional regulation. Prospective families can call 515-207-5251 (Iowa) or 312-554-5578 (Chicagoland) or visit Stride's website at

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Duke City Cares Launching Behavioral Healthcare Services

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Duke City Cares, the local family-owned company that developed Duke City Urgent Care and Duke City Primary Care, is launching a Behavioral Healthcare service line to expand the services they offer in their ongoing mission to improve the health of the communities they serve and they are looking for great providers to join their team.

According to founder and CEO Dr. Hank Taliaferro, "We are committed to providing value and quality in healthcare and behavioral healthcare is a critical part of our patients' health."

Behavioral Health is an integral part of everyday healthcare. New Mexicans are faced with a dire shortage of these services across the state that is only being compounded by ongoing practice closures. Duke City believes their mission of providing fast, friendly, high-quality healthcare services can be applied within New Mexico behavioral healthcare offerings by making it accessible for those in need.

Through the offering of Urgent Care, Primary Care, Occupational Medicine, Mobile Healthcare, and now Behavioral Healthcare, Duke City Cares can offer a wide scope of services to the patients they serve to improve the health of New Mexicans. Duke City Cares' commitment to its patients and the community aims to bridge the service gap and make Behavioral Healthcare an accessible part of their comprehensive Primary Care offerings.

Duke City is currently assembling a team and seeking a few specially licensed individuals to support this service line. We are seeking licensed Ph.D./Psy.D., LISW/LCSW, LPCC, LMFT, or Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioners to join the Behavioral Health Care team. Additional information can be found on their Indeed website job page.

"We are looking for unique individuals who embody our commitment to quality, compassionate care for our patients and are excited to add this important service to the Duke City Cares experience," says Dr. Taliaferro.

For further information about the Behavioral Healthcare program or to apply for a position please contact Human Resources Manager Michal Charles at or visit our website at

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Nutritional and Behavioral Care Launches Updated Website

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Nutritional and Behavioral Care, a licensed nutritionist and dietitian, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is pleased to announce that they have recently updated their website. This was to ensure that the website is up to date, can easily be navigated, and is mobile responsive.

Nutritional & Behavioral Care offers health management counseling services, including nutritional counseling, weight management programs, behavioral counseling weight management programs, behavioral counseling, safe nutritional products tailored to your specific health needs, and psychotherapy

Rosalie Schiappacasse-Janette has more than 35 years' experience in nutritional counseling. She holds master's degrees in nutrition and in Social Work from the University of California and is a practicing psychotherapist.

In 1982, she started her private practice in Ridgefield CT. Since then, she has counseled over 10,000 clients and achieved a high level of experience and success in helping her clients to use their own mental capacity to live a healthier, happier life.

As a health management professional, nutritional consultant, and psychotherapist, she offers nutritional counseling together with behavior modification counseling to create realistic plans that work for persons of all ages. Rosalie is also a licensed Social Worker CSW helping people with eating disorders and daily stress issues.

Those who are interested in nutrition, weight management or behavioral management in Ridgefield, CT and surrounding areas may want to check out the Nutritional and Behavioral Care website at

Nutritional & Behavioral Care offers health management counseling services throughout Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY.

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Rosalie Schiappacasse-Janette
Nutritional and Behavioral Care
15158 Danbury Rd. Suite #4 Ridgefield CT 06877 US

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Bounce Box, a New System to Combat Stress in Young Kids, Earns Mom’s Choice Award

DUXBURY, Mass. -- The Mom's Choice Awards(R) has named Bounce Box as among the best in family-friendly products and services based on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.

"Bounce Box is a special kit offering a fun way to bond with kids while teaching them how to be resilient and bounce back from everyday stress," says Alice Kearney, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Bounce Box creator. "We are honored that MCA recognized Bounce Box as a helpful tool during this crucial time."

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval.

"Children in my practice were showing signs of depression and anxiety at an alarming rate," says Alice Kearney, LMHC. "I wanted to help. Not many families have the luxury of working with a children's therapist, but through the Bounce Box, parents can use the tactics from my sessions in the comfort of their own homes to get results. It helps all children think more positively, not just those with depression, and works well at home or in the classroom."

"Our aim to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services," explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom's Choice Awards. "We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families."

About Bounce Box

The Bounce Box is a system developed by child therapist, Alice Kearney, to offer a fun, interactive way to help kids develop a positive, healthy way of thinking. Focused on flexible thinking and resiliency, it helps to change behavioral habits in a positive way. The box includes a rhyming story book to introduce the concept of resiliency, a creative activity book to uncover issues and enhance positive thinking skills, and fun toys and tools to accompany the lessons. Parents, kids, educators and therapists all love the effective reward system which reinforces "bouncy" behavior. A great bonding activity that offers a simple solution for complex times.

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About the Mom's Choice Awards(R)

The Mom's Choice Awards(R) (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries.

Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

Learn more about the Mom's Choice Awards by visiting their website:

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Georgia Psychiatric Practice Provides Insurance-Covered Telehealth Services

ATLANTA, Ga. -- As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many mental health practices are being forced to close their doors to patients. These closures are causing even more anxiety and stress. United Behavioral Health Solutions (UBHS, Inc.) is happy to report that it continues to see patients via its telehealth services during a time when they likely need it most.

And, the news gets even better. According to The American Psychiatric Association, "The use of video-based telepsychiatry helps meet patients' needs for convenient, affordable and readily-accessible mental health services." It also cites growing evidence that telepsychiatry leads to improved outcomes and higher patient satisfaction ratings. As a result, policy makers, payers and providers are increasingly considering ways to implement and use it.

"Thanks to our mental telehealth services, there has been no disruption to current services and care and we can help new patients in need too. Our model allows us to help patients meet their specific challenges - anytime, anywhere," Michael Coleman, CEO, UBHS, says.

While the primary focus during this pandemic has been maintaining physical wellness, mental health cannot be overlooked.

"In fact, during times of social isolation, existing mental health conditions can be heightened and new ones may occur. We're here for everyone from adults to kids who have nowhere to go," Coleman says.

UBHS is able to take same-day or next-day appointments and has a built-in Internet-based technology platform that makes connecting with a mental health expert easy and stress free. It also accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most major insurance plans.

In addition to working with individuals, UBHS also works directly with correction facilities, nursing homes, private practices, community service boards, crisis stabilization units, schools and inpatient hospitals. It serves patient populations in Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky.

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About UBHS

UBHS specializes in telepsychiatry and psychotherapy to provide quick and convenient access to a broader community where provider access is limited. It was founded by a group of caring medical and mental health professionals who are passionate about helping people with emotional/behavioral problems.

Together, they set their goals to build a business to provide a cost effective, high quality and sustainable solution to healthcare. Its highly-trained, diverse and seasoned staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors.

All of its physicians and clinicians are board certified, licensed and carefully screened and trained to work across a technology platform that is highly secured, Internet-based and HIPAA compliant.

AJ Norris
of UBHS, Inc.

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Early Learning Autism Therapy Center in Houston to Open in Friendswood

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas -- Behavioral Innovations, a leading provider of center-based ABA therapy, today announced their newest center opening that will be located in Friendswood, Texas, a suburb of the Houston metro area. The growing need to provide access to early autism services is increasing as more children are being diagnosed with autism than ever before.

Behavioral Innovations, a leader in providing evidenced-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum, will be opening their newest center in Friendswood, TX on Monday, September 30, 2019. This will mark Behavioral Innovations' 32nd center opening across Texas and Oklahoma, making them one of the largest providers of center-based ABA therapy in the region. Their centers focus on providing a fun, engaging play-based approach in helping every child reach their developmental goals.

Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is the most effective, early-intervention treatment for children with Autism. Behavioral Innovation's center-based model is designed to promote growth in children's skills across many facets of development including social interaction, skill acquisition, play skills, communication, and adaptive skills. Behavioral Innovations' state-of-the-art facilities offer a fun, welcoming environment where learning and social interaction occur more naturally.

The new therapy center will be led by Clinical Director, Drew Mercer. Mr. Mercer has over 10 years of healthcare experience working in various settings including center-based development, which makes him a great fit to help kick start the new center.

"We are very excited to open our doors to the Friendswood community and serve as a great resource for those families dealing with a child with autism," said Mr. Mercer. "The surrounding community has already welcomed us openly and we look forward to partnering with other healthcare providers in the area as we all work together."

About Behavioral Innovations:

Behavioral Innovations started almost 20 years ago when founders Lori Russo, Carla Edwards and Billy Edwards, armed with their master's as Behavioral Analysts, saw a lack of services available to help children diagnosed with autism. They opened the first autism therapy ABA center in Dallas, Texas in 2003 and continued to expand. Behavioral Innovations now serves close to 400 clients across Texas and Oklahoma. As a result, their growing team includes passionate and dedicated personnel such as admissions, insurance, billing, operations and most importantly, a highly skilled clinical staff.

The new Friendswood center is enrolling clients now. The center will be located at 105 East Shadowbend in Friendswood, Texas.

For more information, or to connect with the Friendswood therapy center, please call (855) 782-7822 or visit

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Healthcare Stakeholders Comment on Special Registration for Telehealth

OMAHA, Neb. -- Encounter Telehealth, along with a number of healthcare stakeholders, submitted a letter with comments on the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) implementation of a Special Registration provision for telehealth under the Ryan Haight Act.

This letter strongly urged the DEA to consider how the design of the process and criteria for special registrations for controlled substance prescribing through telehealth can positively or negatively impact patients living with serious, chronic, and disabling conditions-such as depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, and many other conditions-in underserved communities.

To view more on the importance of Special Registration for Telemedicine Act of 2018, please read the full letter to the DEA HERE:

Encounter Telehealth serves patients in rural communities across America. Many patients are residents in rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. These patients suffer from debilitating conditions that make receiving healthcare outside of the facility extremely taxing for both patients and staff.

Encounter Telehealth is joined by the following national organizations in order to highlight the immense potential of telehealth:
* Alyvant, Inc.
* American Association of Nurse Practitioners
* The American Telemedicine Association
* Bipartisan Policy Center
* Centerstone
* Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill PLLC
* Encounter Telehealth
* Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
* HealthyWomen
* Heron Therapeutics, Inc.
* InnovaTel Telepsychiatry
* InSight Telepsychiatry
* InTouch Health
* Men's Health Network
* National Hispanic Medical Association
* National Minority Quality Forum
* Ochsner Health System
* Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
* Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA)

About Encounter Telehealth:

Encounter Telehealth, based in Omaha, Nebraska, was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide access to quality mental and behavioral healthcare. Our providers offer psychiatric medication management, staff training, evaluations, and therapy over a video telehealth platform to patients across America. Learn more:

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Anti-Psychotic Drug Reduction in Skilled Nursing Facilities Through Telepsychiatry

OMAHA, Neb. -- An Encounter Telehealth analysis of 40 skilled nursing facility partners in Iowa revealed a 6.7% reduction in the use of anti-psychotics. This reduction occurred after an average of 14 months of partnering with Encounter on psychiatric care. The national average was less than a 4% reduction during the same period.

The analysis shows the percentage of anti-psychotic drug use among facilities in 2015, prior to working with Encounter, and in 2018.

The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and can be accessed on CMS Nursing Home Compare:

Of the 443 nursing homes in Iowa, the 40 facilities that Encounter Telehealth partners with have shown an average 6.7% reduction in the use of anti-psychotics between 2015 and 2018. Some facilities have shown substantial reductions, including one facility that went from 28.6% in 2015 to a low 7.3% in 2018. That is a 21.3% decrease in the usage of anti-psychotics, and nearly one half of the current national average. Encounter Telehealth's partner facilities in Iowa had an average 12.1% of residents on anti-psychotic medications as of 2018, which is 2.4% below the average of total Iowa nursing homes.

CMS estimates that only a small fraction of long-term residents will ever have a condition warranting the use of anti-psychotics, however they are repeatedly over-prescribed and at a great price. Facilities that do not show a reduction in anti-psychotic medication distribution can be penalized with a maximum 2% Medicare reduction. However, facilities that prove a reduction in their use of anti-psychotics are eligible of a maximum bonus of 1.6% Medicare payouts.

Through Encounter Telehealth, patients receive evaluations and psychiatric medication management services by Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. This ensures proper diagnoses and medication management from the convenience of the facility. Encounter also offers talk therapy, which has been proven to be beneficial to patients with dementia and cognitive decline. In addition, Encounter provides staff training. Proper staff training can ensure quality healthcare and safety for everyone. When staff is trained to use alternative, non-pharmacological interventions, studies have shown statistical benefits in patients with dementia.

Encounter Telehealth provides behavioral mental healthcare in long term communities. At Encounter, our providers are focused on administering compassionate, consistent, and quality care.

About Encounter Telehealth LLC:
Encounter Telehealth, based out of Omaha, Nebraska, was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide access to quality mental and behavioral healthcare. Our providers offer psychiatric medication management, staff training, evaluations, and therapy over a video telehealth platform to patients across America.

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Encounter Telehealth, 900 S 74th Plaza, Omaha, NE 68114, Tel (844) 485-3041.

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