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Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network Hosts Psychiatric Symposium to Educate Health Care Professionals

05/17/2016

Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network recently held a Psychiatric Symposium to explore integrated collaborative approaches in caring for patients with mental illness and addiction. Hosted by Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center in Toms River, more than 100 health care professionals throughout the Network attended.

The day-long symposium covered lectures on important issues facing health care professionals, including: “Population Health Impact on the Mental Health Patient and Healthcare,” presented by Jennifer Velez, JD, senior vice president of community and behavioral health, RWJBarnabas Health; “Prescription Opioid Addiction and Abuse,” presented by Stephan Uhlyar, PharmD, pharmacy practice resident, Saint Barnabas Behavioral Health Center; and “Treatment of the Psychiatric Patient Who Self-Medicates,” presented by Mary Jane Maser, PhD, APN. Other topics included: Mental Health Crisis - the Patient Experience and Diabetes in the Mentally Ill Patient.

“As one in four Americans experiences a mental illness or substance abuse disorder each year, and a majority of these patients are also affected by a comorbid physical health condition, it’s critical for the health care community to stay informed, collaborate and share best practices so we can deliver the best patient outcomes possible,” said Teresita (Tess) Medina, MAS, BSN, RN-BC, chief nursing officer, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network.

Caption: Jennifer Tucker-Geib, Cindy Basile, Patti Kotch, Donna Cutler, Danielle Levy, Lynn Bronstein (missing: Denise Morrow). Together, they make up the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center Professional Nurse Practice Council.

Caption: Jennifer Tucker-Geib, Cindy Basile, Patti Kotch, Donna Cutler, Danielle Levy, Lynn Bronstein (missing: Denise Morrow). Together, they make up the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center Professional Nurse Practice Council.

Caption: Jennifer Velez, JD, senior vice president of community and behavioral health, Barnabas Health

Caption: Jennifer Velez, JD, senior vice president of community and behavioral health, RWJBarnabas Health

Caption: Teresita (Tess) Medina, MAS, BSN, RN-BC, chief nursing officer, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center

About Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers an extensive array of high-quality, clinically-focused programs. These programs include a 100-bed acute care psychiatric facility which provides inpatient and intensive outpatient programs for adults and older adults diagnosed with psychiatric and dual disorders. At the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, the multidisciplinary staff includes experienced professionals in nearly every facet of behavioral health care. This allows the provision of truly customized and highly specialized treatment tracks. For more information on programs and services or to make a referral, call the 24/7 Access Center at 800-300-0628.

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