Jewish Family Service Helps Clients Through Health Agency Linkages Program Enters Fifth Year | Cape May

MARGATE — For nearly five years, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has offered the innovative Links to Health program, a behavioral health home model that provides individuals with health care assistance, care coordination, mental health and medical services and coaching.

“At JFS, our professional staff have extensive expertise in a range of medical and mental health services,” said Ann Thoresen, JFS Chief Operating Officer. “By engaging individuals, we are able to provide a level of support, help meet their needs, and increase access to education and services related to their physical and mental health, which promotes autonomy thereafter. Recently, LTH began offering participants educational and support groups and the feedback has allowed JFS to continue to improve and improve the program.

As healthcare advocates, the LTH team, led by Integrated Case Management Services Program Director Marie Reyes-Canales, a JFS staff member for nearly 25 years, manages appointment scheduling , connects individuals to medical and mental health specialists and serves as a communication liaison between providers including doctors, nurses, therapists, case managers and more.

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With a dedicated team, Case Managers Sheila Concepcion and Winter Harmon, Nurse Educator Eileen Boyer Durante and Nurse Care Specialist Jasmine Shelley, maintain an area of ​​experience providing information on how to engage clients working towards health goals, coaching and supporting chronic patients. disease management, depression, targeted medical screenings for cancer, asthma and cardiovascular disease, facilitating wellness groups and activities and other individualized needs.

Since its inception, Links to Health has helped over 245 clients in Atlantic County. LTH is available to people over 18 who reside in Atlantic or Cape May counties. Program participants must have a chronic or at-risk medical condition diagnosed with any form of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and/or bipolar disorder. Participants receive an ongoing level of care that helps them stay healthy and out of the hospital and emergency room. LTH also prioritizes facilitating communication between behavioral health care and medical care providers on an acute and ongoing basis to ensure a person’s needs are met and addressed in a timely manner.

JFS Links to Health is certified by the State of New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. JFS is currently accepting new program participants and referrals are highly appreciated. For more information on Links to Health, contact 609-822-1108, ext. 153 or [email protected]

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