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07 Jun, 2012 | News

CCBQ Behavioral Health Center Celebrates Opening of New Location

On Thursday, June 7, the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Behavioral Health Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new location in Jackson Heights, Queens. The Behavioral Health Center houses two of Catholic Charities programs: a mental health clinic and a Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) program.  The Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Center offers an array of services that provide those struggling with mental illnesses the support they need to get back on their feet.
Joining the celebration were: Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services, Diocese of Brooklyn; Susan Friedlander, Queens Borough Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services Representative, New York City Field Office, New York State Office of Mental Health; Melissa Thomas, LCSW, Program Specialist, Bureau of Mental Health, Office of Rehabilitation, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; representatives from the New York State Office of Mental Health; representatives from the NYC Departmentof Health and Mental Hygiene, andourcolleagues at the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies.
The Behavioral Health Center opened its site in November 2011, and was built to provide full accessibility to clients with disabilities.  The center is staffed with dedicated,diverse and caring professionals who are currently serving 450 clients at the Clinic and 100 through the PROS program, and when fully staffed, the clinic will be able to serve 625 patients.
Through the Mental Health Clinic, Catholic Charities provides those suffering from depression, substance abuse, adjustment difficulties, marital problems and other stress-related conditions, providing them with a wealth of services and support.
The Catholic Charities PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) Program is designed to integrate ongoing treatment and rehabilitation for clients who are suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, helping them improve functioning and ease them through the recovery process.