GenPsych Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation From The Joint Commission

(New Jersey–March 2017) GenPsych is proud to announce that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

GenPsych underwent a rigorous onsite survey in order to receive this achievement. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellection/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

“Join Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend GenPsych for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at


NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification: Is Ambulatory Detox Right for You?

Appointments: (855) 436-7792 | Request Form

In 2015, nearly 70,000 people in New Jersey received treatment for addiction (NJ State Department of Human Services). Countless more, however, did not receive the treatment that they needed to recover. NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification is the first step for individuals who are struggling with addiction.

As the state of New Jersey works to address this epidemic, specifically through restrictions on opioid prescriptions and increased insurance coverage, GenPsych continues to provide a number of substance abuse treatment options that make recovery more accessible.

One of these programs is Ambulatory Detoxification. This outpatient detox option allows clients to safely and comfortably detox from all substances during the day, and return to their families and lives in the evening. Now available in Bridgewater.

Read more: 3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification at GenPsych

Longer Care & Relief from Withdrawal Symptoms

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detoxification program is able to accept all major private insurance plans. Our intensive treatment is billed at a much lower rate than inpatient detoxification, and is available to many clients who don’t meet criteria for detox coverage.

As a result, our clients receive 14-21 days (as necessary) of medicated detoxification. During this time, clients not only receive complete relief from withdrawal symptoms, but also can be properly tapered off of any withdrawal medication. With a shorter detoxification, clients are more likely to relapse and require repeat care.

Therapeutic Services & Skills Practiced Daily

In addition to detoxification, clients in our program receive therapeutic services, including daily skills and education groups. These services can be carried with clients not only when they go home in the evening, but throughout the rest of their recovery. (Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient Programs are available after discharge.)

While clients are in an isolated environment during the day, they are given the opportunity to return to their home environment in the evening, where they are able to practice the skills learned in treatment. Our daily program is able to address any relapses in recovery immediately, and bring clients back on track.

Other benefits:

  • Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations to determine co-occurring disorders
  • Medication management, including Vivitrol
  • Aftercare planning and psychiatric referrals
  • Same day or next day appointments available
  • Transportation provided as needed
  • All private insurances accepted

For admissions, call (855) 436-7792 or fill out an appointment request form here.

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ | GenPsych, PC — Brick, Bridgewater, & Lawrenceville, NJ

Appointments: (855) 436-7792 | Request Form

Learn more about eating disorder treatment NJ here. All major private insurances accepted.

Millions of Americans struggle with eating disorders, but very few receive the professional help they need to overcome these debilitating and potentially fatal disorders.

Did you know?

  • More than nine percent of Americans struggle with an eating disorder.
  • Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa affect .9 and 1.5% of women, respectively.
  • Binge eating disorder affects nearly three percent of all adults in the US.
  • Eating disorders are more fatal than any other psychiatric illness. Without treatment, as many as one in five individuals with an eating disorder will die.
  • Only one in 10 people with an eating disorder receive treatment.

Statistics from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Read more statistics here.

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ — The HEAL Program

GenPsych’s Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program offers premier Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for eating disorders in Bridgewater, Brick, and Lawrenceville, NJ.

Who is the program for?

GenPsych treats both adolescents (13+) and adults* who are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders NOS (not otherwise specified). Our clients may be stepping down from an inpatient level of care, or taking the first steps in their recovery.

*Our Lawrenceville program is for adults only.

Who is involved in treatment?

Our clients meet with licensed psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, dietitians, and other related professionals during treatment. Other mental health and substance abuse professionals are available for those coping with co-occurring disorders.

We work closely with other supportive services, such as primary care physicians, behavioral healthcare providers, employers, schools, and family members as needed to ensure a continuity of care.

What can clients expect from treatment?

Clients in our Partial Care Program will attend program five days per week (Monday through Friday) for 6.5 hours each day. During their day, they will have two group monitored meals.

Clients in our Intensive Outpatient Program will attend program three days per week (morning and evening times available depending upon day and location– read more here) for 3.5 hours each day. During their day, they will have one group monitored meal.

We offer:

  • Initial comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • Daily meal planning and supervision
  • Daily vitals and weight monitoring with a registered dietitian
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Multi-family groups*
  • Medication management
  • Aftercare planning and psychiatric referrals
  • Transportation accommodations available as needed

*Our Multi-Family Group is available to family members and caregivers. We provide them with the opportunity to participate in a session with the client and learn the skills necessary to help them with their recovery at home.

How can I schedule an appointment?

If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, you can call our admissions line at (855) 436-7792 or fill out an appointment request form here.

Our admissions specialists are able to run your insurance* to ensure coverage, and will schedule you for an initial evaluation with a psychiatrist, who will determine the best course of action for treatment.

*We accept all major private insurances.

Learn more about our eating disorder treatment NJ here.

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

This week, Daylight Savings Time ends, triggering a loss of light and the beginning of winter.

New Jersey residents know that winters can be rough. It starts snowing in October, our cars are buried through March, and the roads are strewn with potholes for the rest of the year.

But for some individuals, the coming cold means more than just shoveling and defrosting–it means overwhelming sadness and lethargy that can’t be shaken until the next spring.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is characterized by feelings of low energy and depression during late fall and winter. While symptoms of SAD are nearly identical to depression, an individual will only experience these symptoms during certain parts of the year.

SAD most often occurs during seasons of the year with limited or reduced sunlight. This is most likely due to the body’s dependence on light to produce serotonin and to balance levels of melatonin, a chemical that is produced in the dark. Consider your body’s natural tendency to desire rest at night. In the same way, increased exposure to darkness in the winter, can cause an individual to feel especially withdrawn and lethargic.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

The following symptoms, if experienced during specific seasons, may be an indication of SAD. If experienced year-round, these symptoms may indicate another diagnosis such as major depressive disorder.

  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in diet
  • Irritability
  • Isolation from others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of hopelessness and persistent sadness
  • Abnormal sensitivity to rejection
  • Weight gain or loss


Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is most prevalent in young adults and teenagers, and, like depression, occurs most often in females. Individuals can help to reduce the effects of SAD by spending time outside. Exposure to natural light (not the harsh blue and white light of computers and smartphones) can help to boost one’s mood.

Individuals experiencing SAD may also benefit from therapy lights or softer lighting at home. In some cases, those with SAD are best helped through professional treatment or medication. If you or someone you know may be experiencing SAD, you should discuss treatment options with your doctor.

General Mental Health Programs at GenPsych

The Adult Psychiatric Program at GenPsych is an intensive and comprehensive program offered to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. Adults receive support, guidance, treatment, and education in a safe and calming environment without fear of judgment. We help you learn the skills you need to manage your symptoms, gain control, and cope with the daily stressors or triggers in your life.

To request an assessment for GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

GenPsych, PC Receives Best Businesses of Livingston Award

LIVINGSTON, NJ–GenPsych, PC has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Livingston Award in the Counseling & Mental Health category by the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that GenPsych, PC has been selected for this award.

GenPsych, PC is an outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment facility that provides programs for children, adolescents, and adults. Its Livingston site is based out of Suites 511 and 518 at 5 Regent Street in Livingston.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

“These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community,” according to Best Businesses. “These companies help make the Livingston area a great place to live, work, and play.”

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program

The Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Livingston area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

To request an appointment at our Livingston site, call (855) 436-7792.

Anxiety and Depression in College Students

College students across the nation are facing a rising problem–and it isn’t just the cost of tuition.

According to recent statistics, the number of college students being diagnosed and seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has risen dramatically in the past five years.

Nationwide, 17% of college students were diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems during the past year, and 13.9% were diagnosed with or treated for depression…That is up from 11.6% for anxiety and 10.7% for depression in the spring 2011 survey.” –American College Health Association, Wall Street Journal

The reason? To start, it is important to understand that many mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder become symptomatic in one’s late teens and early 20s.

But, beyond this biological tendency (which aligns perfectly with one’s “college years”), external stressors, such as finances, classes, and moving out, can play a large role in one’s mental health.

“Researchers suspect that people are predisposed to develop [mental illness] from birth or childhood, but don’t exhibit symptoms until they hit a particular phase of development and/or certain stressors,” according to NBC.

With the state of the economy, high cost of tuition, and pressure to get a job after college, it’s no wonder that students are feeling added stress.

Wall Street Journal writer Andrea Petersen adds that other contributors may be social media and “a so-called helicopter-parenting style that doesn’t allow adolescents to experience failure.”

She further quotes Micky M. Sharma, director of Ohio State’s Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service: “The coping, the resiliency is not where we want it to be. That’s a bad combination.”

Learning to Cope

For those who experience anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses, stress and distress can be difficult to overcome. At GenPsych, our mental health programs focus on skill-based therapies that help clients to cope with both internal and external stressors in their life.

Adult Mental Health Services at GenPsych

GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs are designed to help individuals manage their symptoms and regain control of their lives. Through these comprehensive programs (which include a separate Anxiety/Trauma track), clients can receive the support and education they need in a supporting environment free from judgement.

Our programs include individual, group, and family counseling, as well as medication management. Transportation is available for most New Jersey residents.

Learn more about our Adult Psychiatric Programs here.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

Thank You to the Bully

From Bullied to Empowered using DBT

GenPsych, in collaboration with John Mopper from Blueprint Mental Health, will be offering its free DBT in-services for staff and/or students in the fall and winter.

This presentation, “Thank You to the Bully” takes a different approach to coping with (and even learning to appreciate) bullies through DBT skills. It can be presented to staff as an in-service or to a large or small group of students. See below for full description.

For more information or to schedule this presentation, contact John Mopper, LAC at or call (908) 256-6965.


I know that the topic of bullying has been at the forefront of school counseling and mental health in general over the past few years. But seriously, how many presentations and trainings can we really have on this topic? I’m sure that at this point your fingers are calloused from all of the HIB reports you have had to fill out. Well, I’d like to offer just one more presentation on bullying, and I can assure you that this one is definitely not like anything you have seen so far.

Using DBT as the model, “Thank You to the Bully” will discuss how our handling of conflict with others and how we overcome obstacles in our lives are the foundation of the building of a person’s character. We will discuss finding gratitude for the bully, for that bully is offering us an opportunity to find strength and power within ourselves and affording us the ability to build resilience within to deal with what the future may throw at us.

The following 5 modules will be covered in a 1-1.5 hour presentation:

  1. Mindfulness: Am I really being bullied?
  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to be assertive and get what you want
  3. Distress Tolerance: How to avoid doing something impulsive and stupid
  4. The Middle Path: Compassion for the bully/Behaviorism
  5. Emotion Regulation: Checking the facts

This presentation can be offered as an in-service to counselors and teachers as a different approach to treating students who are being bullied. It can also be presented to a large group of students or a smaller group of students who may present a greater need for this information.

For more information, visit

Youth Program NJ

Youth Program Now in Livingston

The GenPsych Adolescent Program (GAP) in Livingston is introducing a new program and location for Fall 2016!

Youth Program in Livingston

GAP is now offering its Youth Program for children 8-12 at its Livingston location.

Our Partial Care (PC)Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and traditional outpatient programs provide treatment for various issues including anxiety, depression, defiance, anger, school refusal, and more.

Through group and individual therapy, children will improve in areas such as self-esteem, behavioral issues, and family dynamics.

At GAP, we offer a wide range of supportive and creative therapies, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Art & Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Wellness & Mindfulness
  • Anger Management
  • Family Therapy
  • and more!

New Suite in Livingston

Our GAP Livingston program will soon be moving to a new location. Find us across the courtyard of Regent Park in Suite 511!

5 Regent Street, Suite 511

Livingston, NJ 07039

For more information, contact Community Liaison Specialist Casey Shamy at

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ

Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ: Addressing an Epidemic

Appointments: (855) 436-7792 | Request Form

In 2014, opiate and opioid overdoses killed more than 28 thousand Americans (The Associated Press). According to the CDC, 1,253 (or 4.5 percent) of these deaths occurred in New Jersey. While such statistics can be overwhelming, state and nationwide treatment for addiction is improving and becoming more accessible. (Read more about Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ below.)

The Opioid Epidemic

“The latest overdose outbreak shows just how dangerous the heroin epidemic has gotten,” reads one of today’s Washington Post headlines following 26 overdoses in just four hours in Huntington, West Virginia.

Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate, and the ‘heroin epidemic’ contributes to the larger opioid epidemic. (Other semi-synthetic opiates include commonly prescribed drugs such as oxycodone. For more information on types of opiates, read here.)

This epidemic, which includes abuse of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids, is considered be the worst public health crisis in recent US history.

In NJ alone, nearly 270 thousand adults use pain relievers for non-medical purposes.

In order to address the opioid epidemic, a number of laws have been created to increase funding for opioid treatment and better regulate painkiller prescriptions. NJ has begun to see such funding, receiving $1 million in March 2016.

“The money will be used primarily for medication-assisted treatment. Heroin and opioid admissions accounted for 49 percent of all substance abuse admissions in New Jersey, the highest in at least a decade.”

An additional $22 million could be added to state funding under President Obama’s new $1.1 billion treatment and prevention plan.

Currently, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction is available at GenPsych.

Opioid Addiction Treatment NJ

GenPsych’s Opioid Addiction Treatment

GenPsych specializes in the treatment of opiate addiction and is licensed to provide Suboxone for medically-assisted detoxification through our Ambulatory Detox Program.

This outpatient detox program allows individuals to receive medication, support, and recovery resources during the day, while returning to their homes at night. Ambulatory detox from drugs and alcohol is available at our Bridgewater location.

For those who have safely detoxed and are seeking continued opioid addiction treatment NJ, we offer Adult Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis Treatment programs throughout our four locations.

We accept all private insurance and can schedule same day or next (business) day appointments.

Transportation accommodations are available for most New Jersey residents.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Outpatient Detox at GenPsych

3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

Learn more about GenPsych’s outpatient detox program here.

When breaking the cycle of addiction, treatment must address both mental and physical health. During detoxification from drugs and alcohol, some may experience withdrawal symptoms, which can make quitting a strenuous process on the body. However, with medical assistance, detox is made safer and easier through clinical support and withdrawal medication, such as Suboxone.

In some cases, individuals can choose between inpatient and outpatient detox programs. No single program is right for everyone, so it’s important to consider all options before making your decision.

What is outpatient detox?

When people think of addiction recovery, they often think of an inpatient stay. They might picture a celebrity going away for a few months at a California rehab or hospital. Outpatient detox, by comparison, looks a little bit more like visiting your local doctor for a checkup or going to a therapist regularly. During outpatient detox, an individual attends program during the day and returns home at night. Treatment lengths vary depending upon individual need.

3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

Continue living your life.

Life doesn’t stop for your addiction, and it doesn’t stop for recovery. While getting away and focusing entirely on recovery is often optimal, taking a break from life isn’t always realistic. For those who are juggling treatment and a family, school, or work, outpatient detox accommodates their needs. Clients are able to receive the treatment, support, and medication they need, while still being able to live their lives.

Practice learned skills in real time.

One of the benefits of inpatient detox is its isolation from the outside world. Patients are completely removed from the temptations of drugs or alcohol (such as their medicine cabinet, local liquor stores, or peers). However, life in recovery isn’t always so isolated, and eventually an inpatient stay ends, thrusting an individual back into life’s stressors and urges. Outpatient detox better simulates real life. Each day, an individual is faced with the world around them, and is given the opportunity to practice the coping skills they have learned in treatment. Instead of just talking about relapse prevention, clients put these messages into action, and are better prepared to transition once treatment ends.

Receive longer length of care.

The reality of inpatient detox is that it isn’t always covered by insurance, at least not for as long as it is needed. Without complete treatment, an individual is put at an increased risk of relapse. Outpatient detox is a good option for those who are experiencing difficulty getting coverage or who could not otherwise afford residential care. It makes recovery more accessible and possible for many individuals who are struggling with addiction. Always talk to a facility about insurance coverage and payment before enrolling in a program.

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detox Program

Appointments: (855) 436-7792 | Request Form

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detox Program provides individuals with all of the benefits of a detox program without the inpatient stay. Our clients receive support and medication for withdrawal and attend groups to receive education and skills in coping and relapse prevention. Transportation accommodations are provided in-state and lunch is included daily.

For Frequently Asked Questions about our Ambulatory Detox program, click here.

GenPsych accepts all private insurance and is a licensed Suboxone provider.

Assessments are scheduled 24/7 and we offer same day or next business day appointments. 

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.


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