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The following is list of resources and digital meetings for Unity clients for them to turn to while they are unable to attend in-person meetings due to the pandemic.

The first link is for open all-recovery meetings, which means people in or supportive of recovery from any type of behavioral health disorder or quality of life concern are welcome. No matter the program, pathway, or type of recovery you are in, this is a meeting for you. As a reminder, we typically introduce ourselves as “Hello, My name is ____ and I am a person in recovery”, but feel free to identify however is comfortable for you.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance online support groups:


County-specific Resources

Monmouth County
(732) 222-3030: Monmouth Medical Center – Mobile Screening.
(732) 923-6999: Monmouth Medical Center – Crisis Hotline.
(732) 776-2325: Jersey Shore Medical Center (Neptune) telephone and in-person crisis services

Ocean County
(732) 886-4800; Kimball Medical Center; phone and in-person crisis services
(732) 886-4474; Community Medical Center; phone and in-person crisis services

Other Resource:

Smart Recovery

Refuge Recovery

Virtual NA

In the Rooms: and online recovery community

Article about non 12 step/AA/NA Fellowships/Groups/Organizations/Communities


Mental Health/Other Support groups:







By Lorraine Laura, Program Director

The safety and well-being of clients, families and employees has always been and will continue to remain a top priority at Unity Place.

As such, under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and state and local officials, we have implemented a number of precautionary measures within our program in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Because our treatment facility, will remain open and active for as long as deemed safe and appropriate, we believe it is important to communicate the steps we are taking to help keep our clients, families and employees safe and healthy.

  • The program is assessing and evaluating incoming clients by inquiring about travel during the previous 14 days, other potential exposure to COVID-19 and presence of flu-like symptoms or flu prior to admission, and we will for the time being deny admission to those who have screened positive
  • We have been communicating actively and daily with our employees and clients relative to proper hygiene including frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer regularly and to stay home if they feel ill or are demonstrating signs of illness such as fever, cough or shortness of breath
  • We screen all clients daily for fever, cough and shortness of breath
  • Our maintenance and housekeeping departments have increased their sanitization efforts in client and employee areas as well as on our vans.

We will remain open and continue to provide care until directed otherwise by the Government.

Should any client stay home due to having symptoms please advise or have a family member advise the Program Director, Lorraine Laura immediately at 848-208-2636 EXT 304

We will continue to closely monitor updates issued by the CDC, WHO and state and local authorities surrounding COVID-19, and will follow all recommended steps to ensure the continued safety, health and well-being of our clients, families and employees.




Unity Place of Monmouth County was recently profiled in a paper written by Crystal Williams. The paper is for Ms. Williams’ Foundations of the Counseling Profession class at Rutgers University. In addition to her classwork, she works at Easter Seals. Ms. Williams interviewed Jamie Paris, Unity Place’s Outreach Supervisor for the paper. Following are excerpts from Ms. Williams’ paper describing the Unity Place history and mission, its clients and the services those clients receive, as well as some general information about the tremendous need for mental health and substance use treatment.

Millions of Americans struggle with drug and alcohol abuse and many are unaware of their disease and of those that are unaware, hundreds of thousands may never obtain treatment. “Additionally, the disease burden of mental illness is among the highest of all diseases” (Health Improvement Coalition of Monmouth County [HICMC], 2016). The data of individuals struggling and not receiving services emphasizes the need for treatment programs in New Jersey. In Monmouth County, specifically, a Community Health Improvement

Plan was established to “increase access to and knowledge of mental, behavioral, and substance use resources” (HICMC, 2016). Unity Place is a day program for adults where a therapeutic environment is fostered to provide much needed treatment to individuals living with substance use disorders, chronic mental illness, or co-occurring disorders. Unity Place accepts referrals from state and community hospitals, other community mental health agencies, and most often from self or family/friend referrals. Although located in Monmouth County, Unity Place provides services for residents of Monmouth, Middlesex, and Ocean counties. Jamie Paris, the interviewee, is the Outreach Supervisor responsible for educating the community about the mental health services provided at this agency through the website, blog, flyers, and in-person meetings with other community agencies.

Unity Place of Monmouth County, LLC was established to provide a therapeutic environment for clients to be able to find success in handling life’s challenges. Unity Place provides various mental health services and life skills groups in the hopes that these interventions will prevent hospitalization or relapse. Unity Place staff recognize that wellness and recovery is an ongoing journey and staff seem committed to assisting their clients through the process. The Director of the day program shared that the agency aims to celebrate the individuality of each client to ensure that every individual living with mental illness, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder can achieve community reintegration, as viewed on the Unity Place website

 Population Served

 Adults 18 years and older are welcome at Unity Place as long as they are living with a chronic mental illness like schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, or major depressive disorder, a substance use disorder like alcohol or opioid use disorders, or a co-occurring disorder. The interviewee reported that the majority of the population served are low-income individuals who qualify for Medicaid insurance.

 Types of Services

 In fostering wellness and recovery, Unity Place tailors treatment and recovery to each client’s individualized valued life-role. Clients are evaluated for their service needs based upon the areas of wellness, which include physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social and occupational. This day program offers a partial care hospitalization, an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and an outpatient program (OP). Within the programs, therapeutic services like case management, psychiatric services, individualized counseling, urine drug screens, individualized recovery plans, group counseling, and medication education and management are offered. Group therapy is offered in areas such as stress and coping in recovery, motivation and self-esteem, emotion/anger management, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Some groups that Jamie highlighted during the interview were creative expression, journaling, brain workout and music for recovery.


In addition to its clinical programs and services, Unity Place serves breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. The agency holds fun events for holidays and other significant days for their clients. One area of improvement assessed during this interview would be the need for more multicultural services that might be able to serve a more culturally diverse population. Unity Place having the capability to accept Medicare may also diversify the current population. Overall, my impression of the agency is that they are running an essential behavioral health service in the community that seems to be operating successfully and offers a safe haven to an underserved population of adults living with chronic illness.



Unity Place of Monmouth County has recently expanded its insurance options through its participation in several commercial plans. The private plans Unity is now accepting include Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare and some others.  This change will mean more people in Monmouth and neighboring counties can access the high quality partial care and intensive outpatient care the facility offers for mental health, substance use and co-occurring disorders. With this expansion, Unity Place of Monmouth now will provide care to a mix of privately insured and Medicaid clients, along with some admitted though state-funded initiatives.

As a newly accredited facility accepting commercial insurances, Unity Place can offer residents of Oceanport and surrounding areas short or no wait lists, with the time required to see licensed clinicians and psychiatrist halved. Unity Places Partial Care program treats mental health and co-occurring clients; substance use clients are in the facility’s Intensive Outpatient program. Its substance use care includes Medication Assisted Treatment with Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Individuals often find it challenging to navigate insurance policies and benefits. The system Unity Place has created, however, eliminates most of the stress stemming from uncertainty and assesses incoming clients to place them in the proper level of care to address the needs of the client.

Unity Place of Monmouth’s three sister agencies, Unity Place of Atlantic County, Unity Place of Cherry Hill and High Point, located in Hunterdon County, have also begun to open their care to some enrolled in commercial plans, meaning people in many parts of New Jersey will have expedited access to the behavioral health care they need.


Unity Place of Monmouth County has a host of excellent and probing group topics that allow clients to confront a particular problem or set a specific goal. The staff who lead these groups each have certain subjects that give them greatest degree of satisfaction, and that they see as offering essential benefits to their clients.

Unity recently polled the staff about the various groups as asked them to name the one that means the most to them, or to their clients.

Critical to successful recovery is belief in oneself. For that reason, two Unity counselors, Beatrice B and Kate D., regard Motivation and Self-Esteem as crucial to her clients. Kate put it as follows: “I love seeing clients building themselves and each other.”

Clients’ health often is something clients with substance use and mental health may well have neglected before they came to Unity Place.  With that in mind, Health and Nutrition is the preferred group of Chris Terry, who also happens to very much like talking about food.

Two Unity staff most enjoy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. One of those, Nikki M., said that through CBT clients alter their thinking patters, which in turn helps them to change behaviors. Samantha A. also derives a sense of reward in guiding her clients through CBT groups.

Creating a cohesive team is something Tracy Tennis, LAC, views as critical to recovery, so Team Building ranks as her favorite. Working well together is something everyone needs and it benefits clients in their personal and professional goals.

Related to this is Social Education and Relationship and Boundaries, topics that Carolyn W. enjoys working with clients on. She wants to see them become more social and create and sustain strong relationships. This can include repairing relationships that suffered before the person entered recovery.

Tia Guerin favors Psych Ed. In that it teaches clients about their symptoms and, most importantly, makes them aware of their triggers. Awareness of triggers is critical to reducing susceptibility to relapse.

Both Jamie P. and Bridget C. enjoy doing intakes, which is central to their work. During the intake process, each say they appreciate how it gives them opportunity to get to know the person entering treatment at Unity Place. This introduction to the program gives clients a sense of the excellent care Unity will provide.


At Unity, our goal is to provide a therapeutic environment where each client can learn how to successfully handle life’s challenges.

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