Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Rich McDonnell, CEO of FGCWC, February 26, 2016. Overview of Family Guidance Center.


Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Rich McDonnell, CEO of FGCWC, February 29, 2016. Overview of Family Guidance Center continued.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director, March 9, 2016. Description of Outpatient Program and Intensive Outpatient Program.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Brianne Shappell, Supervisor, IOP Mental Health, March 14, 2016. Opportunities for Wellness and Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Program.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director, March 21, 2016. Description of Senior In-Home Counseling Services Program.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Annette Smith, Lead Clinician, Family Crisis Intervention, March 31, 2016. Description of Family Crisis Intervention Program.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director, April 7, 2016. Description of Outpatient Mental Health Program.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Julie Becker, FGCWC Case Manager, April 14, 2016. Describes individual and family experience with mental illness and story of recovery.

Dave Kelber of WRNJ Interviews Jennifer Conaty, Supervisor, IOP Substance Abuse for Women, April 19, 2016. Description of HER Program.

Dave Kelber of WRNJ Interviews Melissa Meyer, Outpatient Supervisor, Overview of Outpatient Sex Abuse Treatment Program, April 29, 2016.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Laurie Boehm, Director of Program Services, Overview of Crisis Intervention and Family Support Service Programs, May 5, 2016.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Darrell Buckner, Coordinator Crisis Intervention Unit, In-Depth Description of Mental Health Emergency Services and Traumatic Loss Coalition Programs, May 9, 2016

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Barbara Lear, Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services, Discusses Partial Care and Supported Employment Programs, May 17, 2016

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Jeff Greenfield, Director of School Based Youth Services, Discusses the School Based Youth Services Programs, May 31, 2016

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Kathy Deats, Manager Better Future Self-Help Center, June 6, 2016. This interview discusses the consumer operated, self-help center services and activities.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Laurie Boehm, Director of Program Services, Overview of Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Program, June 16, 2016

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Jamie Grosslicht, Coordinator Intensive Family Support Services (IFFS), June 22, 2016. Description of Intensive Family Support Services program.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Diane Bonelli, Supervisor Prevention Connections, June 29, 2016. This interview provides an overview of substance abuse prevention services.

Mike Galley of WRNJ interviews Mary Jo Harris, Coalition Coordinator, July 7, 2016. Mary Jo describes substance abuse prevention services provided by the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities, a part of the Family Guidance Center’s Prevention Connections Program. She discusses the prevalence and impact of substance abuse in our community, the environmental change strategies initiated by the Coalition and the impact of these initiative on our community.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director, July 14, 2016. Description of services provided by Family Guidance Center’s Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment program.

Dave Kelber of WRNJ interviews Rich McDonnell, CEO of FGCWC, July 19,2016. Rich discusses the stigma and other barriers that may prevent people from seeking help and treatment for mental health disorders. He discusses the impact of stigma and how individuals and families can benefit from an overall health and quality of life approach to getting help just like they would for any health care need.

Mike Galley of WRNJ interviews Darrell Buckner, Coordinator Crisis Intervention Unit, July 27,2016. This interview featured suicide prevention services including the prevalence and impact of suicide nationally and locally, warning signs of suicidality and where to get help.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Laurie Boehm, Director of Program Services, August 9, 2016. Description of services offered by Family Guidance Center’s Better Future Consumer Self-Help Center.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Jeff Greenfield, Director of School Based Youth Services Program at the Warren Hills Regional School District, August 15, 2016. Discussed transition issues for students moving from a middle school to a high school environment and provided recommendations to counteract stress associated with this transition and for successful adjustment for students and their parents.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Barbara Lear, Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services, August 25, 2016. Description of services provided by Family Guidance Center’s Supported Employment program.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director, August 31, 2016. Description of facts regarding the current national and local opioid drug crisis including: What are opioid drugs?, How do people access them and become addicted?, and What treatment alternative are available to treat opioid dependence and abuse.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Richard McDonnell, Executive Director, September 9, 2016. Description of the present need for volunteers for the Family Guidance Center Board of Trustees. Rich McDonnell describes board member roles and responsibilities, qualifications and commitment needed, and the areas of expertise needed on the board.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Glen Welch, President of the Board of Trustees, September 13, 2016. Description of the present need for volunteers for the Family Guidance Center Board of Trustees. Glen Welch describes board member roles and responsibilities, qualifications and commitment needed, and the areas of expertise needed on the board.

Russ Long of WRNJ Interviews Richard McDonnell, Executive Director, September 21, 2016. Description of the present need for volunteers for the Family Guidance Center Board of Trustees. Rich McDonnell describes board member roles and responsibilities, qualifications and commitment needed, and the areas of expertise needed on the board.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews Gary Albrect, Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Gary describes board member roles and responsibilities, qualifications and commitment needed, and areas of expertise needed on the board.

Mike Galley of WRNJ Interviews a client participating in the Drug Court program receiving outpatient substance abuse treatment services at the Family Guidance Center (FGC). Jen talks about the impact that substance abuse had on her life and how the services she received at FGC changed her life for the better. October 11, 2016.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews a client, “Jen” who has received services in our partial care and supported employment programs and now works as a facilitator in our consumer operated Better Future Self Help Center, October 20, 2016. “Jen” talks about the problems that brought her to the Family Guidance Center and their impact on her life and how the services she received helped her and affected her life in a positive manner.

Mike Galley of WRNJ interviews a client, “Jose” who has received services in our outpatient and supported employment programs and now works in our Quality Commercial Cleaning enclave, October 25, 2016. “Jose” talks about the problems that brought him to the Family Guidance Center and their impact on his life and how the services he received helped him and changed his life for the better.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Rita Lawler, Outpatient Therapist in the Outpatient Mental Health program, November 2, 2016. Rita describes the service population needs and problems, the services provided by this program and relates a client success story to illustrate the positive impact and outcomes for clients served by this program.

Mike Galley of WRNJ interviews Jamie Grosslicht, Coordinator Intensive Family Support Services Program, November 10, 2016. Jamie describes the need for and services of this program and tells a client success story to illustrate the impact of services and outcomes for clients served by the program.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Diane Berger, Intake Therapist for Outpatient Mental Health Program, November 15, 2016. Diane describes the range of services provided by this program and relates a consumer success story to illustrate the impact of the services and successful outcomes achieved.

Mike Galley of WRNJ interviews Ron Schroeder, Supervisor of Outpatient Mental Health Program, November 22, 2016. Ron describes the range of services provided by this program and relates a consumer success story to illustrate the impact of the services and successful outcomes achieved.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Kristen Fink, Team Leader Supported Employment Program, November 30, 2016. Kristen describes the services provided by Supported Employment Services.

Mike Galley of WRNJ interviews Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director, December 6, 2016. Bill describes the services provided by our Outpatient Substance abuse program as well as a consumer success story to illustrate the impact of services and outcomes.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Laurie Boehm, Director of Program Services, December 12, 2016. Laurie describes the services provided by our Involuntary Outpatient Commitment program and a consumer success story.

Mike Galley of WRNJ interviews Jeff Greenfield, Director School Based Youth Service programs, December 19, 2017. Jeff describes the services provided by this program and a student success story to illustrate the impact of services and outcomes.

Dave Kelber of WRNJ interviews Richard McDonnell, Executive Director, January 11, 2017. Richard provides an overview of the services provided by the Family guidance Center and the need of the agency for volunteer and charitable support to meet the behavioral health needs of the Warren County community.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Diane Bonelli, Supervisor of the Prevention Connections Program, January 19, 2017. Diane describes substance abuse prevention services and activities provided by this program and how it is impacting the Warren County community.

Dave Kelber of WRNJ interviews Liz Montalvo, Prevention Specialist for the Family Guidance Center Prevention Connections program, January 24, 2017. Liz describes the substance abuse prevention services provided by this program featuring the activities and goals of the Warren Hills Community Coalition that works with the communities belonging to the Warren Hills Regional School District and focuses on youth substance abuse issues. Liz also presents information on NIDA’s Drug Facts Week addressing marijuana use among teens.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Debi Natale, a volunteer member of the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities, January 30,2017. The Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities focuses on preventing and reducing substance abuse in Warren County and is operated by the Family Guidance Center Prevention Connections program. Debi is one of the parent members of the coalition who founded Parent to Parent, a support and advocacy group for parents. Debi describes what Parent to Parent is , what they do and why, and how to reach Parent to Parent.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Rich McDonnell, Executive Director, May 11, 2017. Rich discusses the intent and message of National Mental Health Awareness Month in May and community outreach events conducted by the agency.

Russ Long of WRNJ interviews Julie Becker, Case Manager for the Intensive Outpatient programs at the Family Guidance Center, May 18, 2017. Julie discusses the intent and message of National Mental Health Awareness Month in May and community outreach events conducted by the Center.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey on March 1, 2016

This March 1, 2016 “Help Brings Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ with guests Richard McDonnell, Executive Director, Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director and Laurie Boehm, Director of Programs Services and Quality Improvement of the Family Guidance Center (FGC). Topics addressed in this talk show included an overview of the programs and services provided by the FGC; the nature and prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders in the Warren County community; overcoming stigma to access treatment and help; and, the positive service outcomes and recovery for those individuals and families who engage in treatment.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey on April 13, 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring the Family Guidance Center Coordinator, Barbara Lear. Topics addressed in this talk show included information about Family Guidance Center’s rehabilitation services unit which includes partial care, supported employment and self-help center programs. Barbara was joined by a consumer who has participated in all three of these programs along with her father. Barbara presented information on the persons served in these programs, the range of services provided and the impact on our consumer’s recovery from serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. The consumer talked about the impact of a mental illness on her life, her journey of recovery and the positive outcomes from the services she received through these programs. The consumer’s father shared his experiences as a family care giver of a loved one with a mental illness and how Family Guidance also assisted him in coping with and managing his daughter’s illness.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey on May 11, 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring the Family Guidance Center Outpatient Supervisor, Melissa Meyer, Lead Clinician Family Crisis Intervention Program, Annette Smith and the Director of School Based Youth Services Program, Jeffrey Greenfield. Topics addressed in this talk show included ways in which youth and their families are served by the Family Guidance Center, how we work in partnership with other community and governmental entities (schools, law enforcement, prosecutor’s office and the courts) to provide a range of services and treatment to youth and their families in Warren County.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey on June 8, 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring Dr. Akhtar Hossain, Medical Director of the Family Guidance Center, Diane Berger, Outpatient Therapist and Laurie Boehm, Director of Program Services. This interview described a client’s journey from first contact with the Family Guidance Center through treatment and recovery. Topics discussed included first telephone inquiry, initial clinical and psychiatric intake evaluation, client centered treatment planning, therapy, pharmacology, education and support services, and the various ways that inter-related services can be provided based on a client’s needs.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey on July 13, 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring Darrell Buckner, Coordinator Crisis Intervention Unit, Tiffany Oeckinghaus, Supervisor Crisis Intervention Unit, Annette Smith, Lead Clinician Family Crisis Intervention Program and Laura Gianacone, Supervisor Involuntary Outpatient Commitment. This interview described Family Guidance Crisis Intervention Unit programs including our Psychiatric Emergency Screening, Family Crisis, Involuntary Outpatient Commitment and Traumatic Loss Coalition programs.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey on August 10, 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring the Family Guidance Center Executive Director, Rich McDonnell, Associate Executive Director, Bill Stover, and Director of Program Services, Laurie Boehm as they discuss stigma as a barrier to treatment of mental health disorders and how to overcome it. Stigma associated with mental illness prevents many people from seeking help and treatment for mental health disorders. Although 1 in 5 people will experience a serious mental health disorder in their lives, two-thirds will not seek treatment. Over 70% of those who do seek treatment experience significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life. The impact of stigma and how individuals and families can benefit from an overall health and quality of life approach to getting help for mental and emotional problems just like they would for any health care need was discussed.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey on September 14, 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring the need for volunteers for the Family Guidance Center Board of Trustees. Participants included Glen Welch, President of the Board, Jeff Guidette, Vice-President of the Board and Rich McDonnell, Executive Director who presented information on board members roles and responsibilities, what qualifications and commitment are required, what areas of expertise are needed and why we need volunteer board members. Glen and Jeff also discussed why they serve on our board and on the value and impact of the services our Center provides to the residents of Warren County and the community at large.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, October , 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring Annette Smith, Lead Clinician Family Crisis Intervention, Ron Schroeder, Supervisor Outpatient Mental Health Services and Barbara Lear, Coordinator Rehabilitation Services. This interview highlights services provided in five programs operated by FGC, their impact on the individuals and families served and personal client success stories for persons who attended these programs.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, November 2, 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ featuring Jeff Greenfield, Director of School Based Youth Services, Darrell Buckner, Coordinator Crisis Intervention Unit, and Melissa Servedio, Mental Health Clinician. This interview described the role of School Based Youth Services in the Warren Hills Middle and High Schools and how the Crisis Intervention Units assist Warren County schools. Topics discussed include services for students who may have stress, anxiety or other mental health issues, as well as, issues of transitioning to middle school and bullying.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, December 2016

“Help for Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ with Richard McDonnell, Executive Director, Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director and Laurie Boehm, Director of Program Services on “Helpful Hints on Surviving and Thriving During the Holiday Season”. A number of topics were discussed including: holiday blues-what causes them and how they can be alleviated; how to manage holiday spending and family expectations; risks of increased substance abuse during this time of year and how to manage the stress associated with the holiday rush and preparations; how to avoid political discussions and family squabbles; and how to address cross-cultural issues within families such as the juxtaposition of Christmas and Hanukah.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, January 2017

This “Help Brings Hope” talk show was conducted by Joyce Estey of WRNJ with Bill Stover, Associate Executive Director, Diane Bonelli, Supervisor of our Prevention Connections program and Mary Jo Harris, Prevention Specialist for our Prevention Connections program. This show focused on the substance abuse prevention and treatment services provided by our agency to the Warren County community. The first half of this show focused on the work and activities of our Coalition for a Healthy and Safe Communities and our Drug Free Community Coalition with the Warren Hills Regional School District outlining the various environmental change strategies utilized to effect population level changes to reduce and prevent substance abuse. The second half of the show focused on the services provided by our Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment programs and their impact and service outcome results.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, February 2017

This “Help Brings Hope” talk show features the services the Family Guidance Center provides to family members of individuals with serious mental illness and our collaborative relationship with NAMI Warren, the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, a family support and advocacy organization. Jamie Grosslicht, Coordinator describes the services provided by our Intensive Family Support Services program to family members providing care to a mentally ill loved one and the important role that families play in the treatment and recovery of their loved ones and their need as care givers for education and support. Darrell Buckner, Coordinator of our Crisis Intervention Unit describes the services we provide to families through our Emergency Services, Family Crisis and Involuntary Outpatient Commitment programs and how our staff help family members to handle and cope with their loved ones during a mental health crisis, how to seek and get help and how to assist their loved ones in recovering from their mental health crisis. Barbara Lear, Coordinator Rehabilitation Services describes how we engage family members in their relatives treatment in our partial care and supported employment programs and its’ impact on successful recovery.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, March 2017

This “Help Brings Hope” talk show features Mary Jo Harris, Prevention Specialist and Diane Bonelli, Supervisor from the Family Guidance Center’s Prevention Connections program and agency Executive Director, Richard McDonnell. Topics discussed included: information on a number of substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives that have come to the forefront in NJ in response to the heroin opiate epidemic and continuing substance abuse problems impacting our communities and citizens; and, information on the work of our Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities and the Warren Hills Community coalition regarding prevention initiatives and activities.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, May 10, 2017

This “Help Brings Hope” talk show features information on the intended message of National Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Richard McDonnell, Executive Director of the Family Guidance Center and Laura Richter, Mental Health Administrator for Warren County discuss efforts to increase community awareness of the prevalence and impact of untreated mental health disorders on the community; efforts to change perceptions about seeking help for mental health disorders, reducing shame, guilt and stigmatizing barriers to accessing mental health services; seeking treatment for mental health disorders as we would for physical health disorders such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease; and, the impact and rate of successful recovery for persons and their families who do seek help with mental health problems. Laura Richter also speaks about the role of the Warren County Division of Mental health Services and Mental health Board with regards to the funding and types of services they support and monitor.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, June 14, 2017

This “Help Brings Hope” featured Mary Jo Harris, Community Coalition Coordinator and Liz Montalvo, Project Facilitator from the Family Guidance Center’s Prevention Connections program. June is graduation month and this show provided information on community initiatives to reduce and prevent underage drinking and the dangerous consequences that can occur around the time of high school graduations. Initiatives such as project graduation that some schools now offer, municipal ordinances like Parents Who Host the Most, Lose the Most and TIPS training are presented. Also discussed are a number of other initiatives that have been implemented with our Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities and our Warren Hills Community Coalition that prevent and reduce underage drinking and the use of marijuana.

WRNJ “Help Brings Hope” with Joyce Estey, July 12, 2017

This “Help Brings Hope” Talk featured Laurie Boehm, Director of Program Services, Darrell Buckner, Coordinator Crisis Intervention Unit and Melissa Servedio, Therapist in our School Based Youth Services Program who presented information on suicide prevention. Darrell Buckner provides a brief overview of our crisis services and how to access them in relation to suicide prevention. He and Laurie Boehm provide specific information on risk factors and warning signs for suicide, QPR-question, Persuade, Refer intervention approaches and information on resources that can be accessed on this topic. Melissa describes suicide prevention activities and counseling approaches that are used in our school based programs and the various presentations and groups she has used to educate and inform youth of this serious issue and how talking about suicide helps to reduce the stigma and help youth to seek help for themselves and others. Information on state and national initiatives on suicide prevention and upcoming state and national initiatives on suicide prevention are also provided.