Getting to Know Mercer Services

Posted on January 20, 2016

On July 1, 2015 when Twin Oaks merged with Greater Trenton Behavioral Healthcare, we proudly welcomed 15 new programs from Mercer County to our family of services. Since 1981, Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare has helped tens of thousands of Mercer County residents find innovative, life-enhancing solutions to their mental health and substance abuse problems.

As we move forward together as Oaks Integrated Care, our roots are now stronger than ever. Mercer service areas include:

Last year, Mercer programs served over 3,000 children and adults in need of support in our community. Adults like Carlos…

Carlos was unemployed, living in a homeless shelter and trying his best to cope with his schizophrenia. Without a proper diagnosis or medication, Carlos was having trouble functioning day to day. A Mercer outreach coordinator met him at the shelter and over time, gained his trust. Carlos gained the courage to start attending Outpatient Services where he was evaluated, diagnosed and given the proper medication. He also began individual and group therapy. After just over a year in the program, Carlos is now employed full time, living in his own apartment and attending college part time. No dreams are too big- he hopes to one day graduate and become an engineer.

– Rachael

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Why Integrated Care?

Posted on January 4, 2016

Integrated Care As many of you know, on July 1, 2015 Twin Oaks Community Services merged with Greater Trenton Behavioral Healthcare to form Oaks Integrated Care. The most frequent question I receive is, “Why the new name?”.

By focusing on integrated care, we can begin to treat the whole person to achieve both mental and physical wellness. Individuals living with mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. In fact, adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than the general population.

The deaths are largely due to treatable, preventable medical conditions caused by risk factors including smoking, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, substance abuse, metabolic syndrome and inadequate access to medical care. The general lack of coordination between mental health and primary healthcare providers also contributes to the problem.

So how do we begin to address these issues? A variety of programs throughout our organization currently offer integrated care including substance abuse services, smoking cessation groups, nutrition planning, onsite flu shots, exercise groups and linkage to primary,specialty and dental care. Many also perform routine monitoring of blood pressure, weight and other vitals.

In October 2015, we took a big step toward expanding integrated care services by opening a Behavioral Health Home in Mercer County. Adults with a mental health diagnosis and their families will learn to develop the skills needed to manage their own health and reach personalized wellness goals.

The program offers coaching on how to manage chronic health conditions and works to coordinate treatment between all healthcare providers. Consumers have access to healthy lifestyle activities including exercise coaching, a fitness center, walking groups, nutrition/cooking classes and more.

This innovative approach paves the way for the future as we continue to expand integrated care services throughout the organization in 2016 and beyond. Thank you for your continued support along the way.

Respectfully,
Bob Pekar

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2015 Year In Review

Posted on December 31, 2015

In 2015, you helped us collect over 15,000 diapers, 900 backpacks, 400 prom dresses, 1,500 Thanksgiving meals, 8,000 holiday gifts, and MUCH more for vulnerable children, adults and families in our programs.

We can’t thank you enough for sharing the warmth and joy of your heart with those served by our organization. As our organization grows, so has your generosity. Thank you – our generous donors, volunteers, partners and advocates – for your continued support along the way. We truly look forward to working with you again in 2016.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from 2015:

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Show You Care Ministry of Green Grove Baptist Church Donates 700 Handmade Hats

 

Happy New Year!

– Rachael

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#GivingTuesday: Jackson’s Story

Posted on December 1, 2015

Share the joy this #GivingTuesday!

Make this holiday season special for children and families who need it the most. Children like Jackson… 

When Jackson was only three months old, his mother was murdered. Jackson’s grieving grandfather and disabled grandmother welcomed Jackson into their house. By eight months old, Jackson started showing signs of developmental delays. At three years old, Jackson was still non-verbal and expressing upwards of 60 behaviors a day.

Jackson’s grandparents reached out to Oaks Integrated Care’s Bridging Family Support Program which provides intensive in-home support services for children with developmental disabilities and their families. Through support, encouragement and expertise knowledge offered through BFSDD, Jackson has made huge strides. Jackson and his grandparents can go to the YMCA, park, beach, zoo – all of which they couldn’t do before! Even more promising is Jackson has less than 3 behaviors a week!

 Any income the family receives is used for necessities like food and heat as well as medical bills. Your contribution can make their holiday brighter!

By donating to our Holiday Giving Drive, YOU can make a difference for over 3,000 children, teens and adults in your own community.

Donate Today!

– Rachael

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700 Handmade Hats Donated

Posted on November 6, 2015

Show You Care Ministry of Green Grove Baptist Church Donates 700 Handmade HatsThe ladies of Show You Care Ministry pose with the 700 hats they
made by hand for Oaks Integrated Care consumers.

The ladies of Show You Care Ministry, a part of Green Grove Baptist Church in Berlin, NJ, spent the last six months creating 700 handmade hats for Oaks Integrated Care consumers. The hats will go to people in need this winter. The dedicated team made hats for children and adults. The ladies met every Wednesday to crochet or loom the hats.

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Each hat is unique in color and shape. Some of the hats even have decorative flowers or a pom pom! While no two hats are the same, you can see the love, thought and care put into every piece.

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When the ladies dropped off the beautiful donation, 6ABC came by to cover the event. Watch their coverage of the story here. And check out some behind the scenes photos!

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– Rachael

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Let’s Talk Turkey

Posted on October 26, 2015

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There’s only one month left until Thanksgiving, which means we’re busy gearing up for our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive! Last year, with the help of our generous donors, we distributed over 900 turkeys with all the trimmings. This year, the need is greater than ever. Don’t miss your chance to make Thanksgiving traditions possible this year!

Ways to Get Involved

1) Hold a Food Drive! Gather your friends, family or co-workers to help. Drop off food donations to a Oaks Integrated Food Pantry:

Mt. Holly Food Pantry                           Berlin Food Pantry
770 Woodlane Road, Suite 16            128 Berlin Cross-Keys Road
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060                               Berlin, NJ 08009

Donation Ideas

    • Frozen turkey/ham
    • Canned sweet potatoes/yams
    • Cranberry sauce
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Canned vegetables
    • Bread/muffin mix
    • Macaroni and cheese
    • Pie filling and crust
    • Stuffing
    • Gravy

2) Donate Online or by Mail! For every $2.71 donated, we can purchase a Thanksgiving meal for someone in need.

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Mail monetary donations to:

Oaks Integrated Care, Attn: Development Office
770 Woodlane Road, Suite 15, Mt. Holly NJ, 08060

3) Volunteer! Volunteers are needed the week of Thanksgiving to pack bags and distribute food.
Questions? 

Contact Liz Lemmon at 609.267.5928 x99836 or elizabeth.lemmon@oaksintcare.org

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2015 Moorestown Progressive Dinner Photos

Posted on October 19, 2015

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Thank you to all the hosts, chefs, guests and local businesses that made this event so successful! Visit our Flickr page to see all the fantastic photos from the Moorestown Progressive Dinner.

– Rachael

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#IAmStigmafree

Posted on October 9, 2015

Mental Health Stigma

October 4 – 10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Although it’s important all year long, this week gives us the opportunity to discuss mental illness in America and the stigma surrounding it. Here are just a few stats about mental health in the U.S.:

Approximately 1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness in a given year.

Approximately 1 in 25 adults experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.

The good news is, mental health disorders are common, treatable, and many individuals go on to recover and lead full and productive lives. Unfortunately, many people are reluctant to ask for help or simply don’t know where to find it. Connecting to community resources helps reduce isolation, and increases each individual’s ability to make healthy choices.

We Can Help!
Oaks Integrated Care provides over 150 behavioral health programs for vulnerable children, adults and families in our community. Outreach services give adults living with mental illness the opportunity to manage their illness through supportive counseling, housing, vocational assistance, family support, medication education and crisis intervention.

One Way YOU Can Help – Take the Pledge!
Join Oaks Integrated Care and our friends at NAMI as we fight against the stigma surrounding mental health! NAMI’s theme this year for Mental Illness Awareness Week revolves around their StigmaFree initiative.

NAMI explains “Being Stigma Free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, focusing on connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues and taking the StigmaFree pledge.”

Learn more at: http://www.nami.org/miaw#sthash.EkfWrfbi.dpuf

– Rachael

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2015 Touch A Truck Photos

Posted on September 29, 2015

Check out all the fun from the 4th Annual Touch A Truck
on our Facebook and Flickr pages!

Oaks Integrated Care Touch A Truck 2015

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Registration for the 2015 Moorestown Progressive Dinner is now open!

Posted on September 17, 2015

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Registration is now open for our Moorestown Progressive Dinner!

Begin the evening with a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception at the beautiful home of Ed and Barbara Omert. From there, move on to share an intimate dinner with friends prepared by a talented area chef in a Moorestown home.

Proceeds benefit our Food Pantries and Mt. Holly and Berlin.

For more information on tickets, sponsorships and more, visit our Moorestown Progressive Dinner page.
– Rachael

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