Turning Point of Paterson recently hosted outreach and marketing representatives Daniel Meara and Bridget Cowan, from High Point of Flemington and Unity Place of Monmouth County, respectively. The Unity and High Point staff gave an in-service training on their facilities’ programs to the full complement of Turning Point clinicians; lunch was provided courtesy of Unity of Monmouth.
This was the second visit to Turning Point within a few months for Unity Place Jamie Paris joined Bridget at that earlier meeting.
Turning Point Clinical Discharge Planner Donnell Shearin helped arrange the recent presentation and made introductions. Turning Point has been a good partner to Unity Monmouth and High Point, and the meeting sought to strengthen the ties between the two organizations for the benefit of the substance use clients. One of the goals of the meeting was to ensure the best possible communication between to the organizations when making a referral, exchanging clinical information that is as thorough and timely as possible.
The clinical staff of Turning Point were impressed by the creativity of High Point and Unity outreach staff, who have developed activities to mark Gay Pride Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, and National Ice Cream Day, as well as others. These special groups engage clients and they appreciate the effort made to offer them. The two PC and IOP programs are knows for the large catchment areas they transport from.
Following the meeting, Bridget and Dan were given a tour of the facility, which ended with a brief meeting with the Manager of the Admissions Support Center. The manager is said to sit in his elevated command post like Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame.
Before leaving, the Unity and High Point representatives were presented with a certificate in appreciation of their presentation and of the ongoing partnership between the treatment organizations.