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December 2016 - "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."
CarePlus Achieves Behavioral Health Home 
Certification from the Joint Commission
CarePlus recently earned Behavioral Health Home Certification from The Joint Commission. The   certification demonstrates CarePlus's commitment to the integration and coordination of behavioral health care services and primary physical health services through a rigorous process of external validation by recognized experts in the field.
"CarePlus has demonstrated its ability to provide services that address the physical and behavioral health needs of the whole person, which can improve overall satisfaction with the care experience," said Peggy Lavin, LCSW, Interim Executive Director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.

CarePlus underwent a rigorous onsite survey on Friday, September 2. During the review, a Joint Commission surveyor evaluated compliance with a set of standards that focus on the integration and coordination of person-centered health care that improve the quality of life for the individuals we serve who have mental illness or other behavioral health conditions.

"We are delighted to be the first, and only, organization in the state of New Jersey to receive Behavioral Health Home Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Kathy Bianco, VP of Clinical Services at CarePlus. "By achieving this certification, we have demonstrated our commitment to quality and safety consistent with The Joint Commission's national, consensus-based standards of care. It is a mark of distinction that shows we are operating within an established framework to better meet the needs of the people we serve."

Launched in January 2014, the certification is available to organizations accredited under The Joint Commission's Behavioral Health Care Accreditation  Program, and is awarded for a three-year cycle. Organizations may achieve the certification by providing primary physical health care services directly, or by coordinating care with physical health care providers.

Thank you and congratulations to all involved in this important accomplishment! 

CarePlus Bergen & Crossroads Medical Center

CarePlus teamed up with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Integrity House, Inc., as CarePlus Bergen to submit a proposal to take over operations of Bergen Regional Medical Center. The team proposed a new system of care focused on "integrated care models", rather than the "divisions of treatment" which currently exist. Even the renaming of the hospital that the group proposed - Crossroads Medical Center - is a nod to the same notion that t he individuals who come for care are at a crossroads in their life, and the care that they receive will determine their path to sustainable health.

The contract for the current for-profit operators of Bergen Regional Medical Center ends in March of 2017. CarePlus Bergen is one of several groups that have submitted proposals to take over management of the beleaguered hospital. A decision is expected in early 2017.

Stay tuned for more information!

A Message from Joe...

"I want to express my immense gratitude to all of you, for the part you played, whether huge, or small, in developing the response to the Bergen Regional Medical Center Request for Proposal. I believe that it is a very strong proposal, and, of course, I hope that we are successful.
"I want to especially express my admiration for the outstanding leadership that Shelby, Brigitte, and Kris have provided throughout the development process, and for their indefatigable efforts in this major accomplishment."


Trauma Informed Approaches: Screening, Assessment Tools and Review of Intervention Models for Engagement and Treatment
2 CEHs for Social Workers
Jan. 12, 2017 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register Here  

Mental Health First Aid
7 CEHs for Social Workers 
Feb. 6, 2017 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Register Here 
Basic Meditation Training:
Engaging Youth 

Basic meditation training will be offered at the CarePlus Headquarters in Paramus, courtesy of Lulu Lemon Athletica for the next three months. This is a great opportunity to learn self-care and mindfulness techniques, and share your experience to benefit those with whom you work.

The next training will be in January and will focus on how to engage children and adolescents in meditation. All who have expressed interest will receive an email with the date and time in the new year!
If you haven't already, please RSVP to Caitlyn if you are interested in this or similar opportunities, so that you can receive updates directly to your inbox.

Foundation Updates 

We are in full swing for the 2016-2017 fundraising season! Donations received through the Foundation directly support clients of CarePlus through housing and medication assistance, educational scholarships, program support, as well as advocacy and community education.

Courage Awards Gala


We need help getting items donated for our live and silent auction! If you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Gala planning committee, contact Keri Diamond.  


Bernard Dubnick Scholarship 


Every year, the Foundation awards the Bernard Dubnick Scholarship to support clients who are pursuing their educational goals. If you work with someone who wants to apply for the scholarship, please contact Chris Puig for full instructions on how to apply and redeem scholarship funds for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Become a CarePlus Hero

W e are pulling out all the stops this year to engage our staff, leadership and supporters in our efforts to attract a new group of donors by inviting you to officially become a CarePlus Hero.
As a CarePlus Hero , you can help share your enthusiasm and support for a mission you have been so instrumental helping us to build, and engage others within your social circle to join us in our efforts.
If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact the Foundation Office at
or 201-986-5070. 
Thank you for all that you do... you are already a hero to us!
Staff Recognition Day

Please be advised that, in recognition of everyone's stellar efforts during our recent licensing reviews, the triennial survey by The Joint Commission,  the everyday acts of compassion you perform on behalf of our clients, and the professional contributions to the excellence of our organization, the agency will be closed (except for Emergency and 24 hr. programs) on Friday, December 23rd.
Employee Assistance Program

Did you know that you have access to resources pertaining to everyday life right at your fingertips?  Get educated on what is available to you through the CarePlus EAP. With this Employee Assistance Program, you will have access to information and resources for family, health, money and much more.   
Be sure to explore the website: 
Login: CPNJ Password: 123  
Webinar of the Month 
"Lighten Up With Laughter"
Available On Demand
Starting 12pm Eastern Time 

Everybody needs a good laugh. Learn about the many benefits of laughter and develop an action plan for improving humor in your life.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Bell in the Human Resources Department.

State Funding Transition:
Advocacy Action Steps

1. Write Letters & Make Phone Calls
You can use the following link to find your legislators. Simply enter your hometown and you will get all of the information you need:
Please note: some letters will be more detailed than others, but short and simple contributions are important as well.
2. Story Telling Campaign
Part of our advocacy campaign is to collect written or video testimonials by clients, family, and staff. This campaign is expected to grow into a larger, more powerful storytelling campaign that will launch through a "Humans of CarePlus" Instagram account.
We need your help: if you are a staff member that would be willing to participate, or if you have a client that has a story to tell, please contact Caitlyn .
We will be able to work with people who would like to remain anonymous, and think that this will be a very engaging way to increase our culture of community and compassion.

3. Get Educated & Stay Up To Date 

By now, you might have seen the following press coverage: 
  • The Record - Advocates Say New Mental Health Funding Plan
    Would Slash Services
  • The Record - Safety Net Rips
  • NJTV - Health Care Changes Could Impact Mental Health Services
  • The Daily Voice - Demarest Woman Joins Fight To Save Mental Health Funding
  • Star Ledger - Christie Plan Could Endanger the Seriously Mentally Ill
There is also a Facebook page dedicated to these advocacy efforts. Created as a public group, this will be the forum for people to use with social media. This page will share resources for you to stay involved. Please "like" the page to stay up to date: Fund Mental Health In NJ 2017  
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Due to popular demand, we are holding a decorating contest again this year!  

1. If you are participating in the contest this year, please let Caitlyn know.
2. Submit pictures on the S Drive (AllStaff > _Decor 2016 > 2016 Submission Folder)

Get Creative!

The ACE team will judge submissions with a rubric on Wednesday, 12/21.

Here is some inspiration from last year... check out all of the submissions on the S Drive:
AllStaff > _Decor 2016 > 2015 Inspiration
Be sure to watch the "Office Decor Video" submitted by ICMS, too :) 


Connect with CarePlus on Social Media!

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Program Marketing 
It is important for staff to familiarize themselves with the variety of program and services offered through CarePlus so that we can make appropriate referrals for those in need. For that reason, we are working on streamlining information and materials so that they are more easily accessible.

This involves appropriately updated Program Fact Sheets, comprehensive marketing folders, social media spotlights, and up to date information on the CarePlus website.

A new folder has been added to the S Drive so that staff can quickly access Program Information Sheets. These Fact Sheets can be found in the first folder in 999 General titled _FactSheets.  

If you need any materials created, revised, or printed for your program or presentations you will need to utilize the electronic request form. This new system is being used to ensure timely and effective completion of projects.   


You may have noticed recent Facebook posts highlighting some of our services. This is the part of our effort to market each of our programs to the community.


If you would like to put your team, group or program in the spotlight, contact the ACE team to make arrangements.


You can also send positive reviews and feedback for coworkers who go above and beyond. If you have anything you would like to submit for the InsideLine, email your story and  information to Caitlyn Yerves.

Do YOU have a story to share? If you have a story, update, announcement, or photos to share on the InsideLine, on Facebook, or on the website, send it to the ACE team and we will work to get it out to staff and friends of CarePlus.

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