Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Health care professionals, government leaders and area residents attended an open house this week to celebrate the opening of the new NewBridge Parsippany Center, which provides mental health counseling, addiction treatment and wellness programs to the community.

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(l/r) Parsippany Mayor James Barberio, NewBridge CEO Robert Parker and Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo (Photo by Amanda Brown)

“Access to quality, affordable behavioral health care remains one of the biggest challenges in our state and the nation’s health care systems,” NewBridge Services CEO Robert L. Parker said on Tuesday. “We are happy to be addressing that issue here in the greater Parsippany area.”

“This new center here is Parsippany will make it more convenient for many people to take advantage of their wellness and behavioral health programs,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “It is amazing to realize how many Morris County families will be helped by this new center, offering hope to families in need,’’ she added.

NewBridge’s 15,320-square-foot center in the Troy Office Centre on Route 46 has 20 counseling rooms and spacious group therapy rooms. Located near routes 80 and 287, the center is also home to NewBridge Jobs Plus, a free program that has helped more than 1,000 young adults earn their high school diplomas and prepare for careers.

Parsippany Mayor James Barberio and Council Vice President Robert Peluso led a ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with Freeholder DeFillippo. Fulton Bank of New Jersey, the event sponsor, donated $2,500 to NewBridge Jobs Plus.

“Having this reputable nonprofit in Parsippany is a real benefit for our residents,’’ Barberio said. “I want to do my part to get the word out about all the wonderful counseling and educational services NewBridge has provided to communities for more than 50 years.”NB 2

Guests had the opportunity to tour the center and Zufall Health’s Highlands Health Van, which visits NewBridge twice a month to provide medical care to Parsippany area residents, including NewBridge clients.

“True wellbeing requires a healthy body and a healthy mind, so NewBridge partnered with Zufall Health to provide affordable, quality medical care as well as behavioral health care,’’ Parker said.

“There’s great mutual respect between Zufall and NewBridge,’’ said Zufall President and CEO Eva Turbiner, one of the guest speakers at the open house. “We believe that integrating primary medical and behavioral health brings benefits for all,” she said. “This patient-centered, collaborative approach is designed to improve health outcomes.”

For more information about the services NewBridge offers throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties, visit newbridge.org or call 973-316-9333.