Watch current and former children and providers from Community Treatment Solutions programs talk about what a new arts and recreation center would mean to them. This video premiered at the CTS 25th Anniversary Shining Star Gala on May 8, 2015.
The Seaside Park-based Berkeley striper Club, one of the largest surf-fishing clubs in New Jersey, continued its partnership with Community Treatment Solutions this summer by taking children and youth on fishing outings.
Longtime members Sara and Fred Bogue met children from CTS’ residential program at Laurel Acres Park in Mount Laurel in early August, where the first-time fishermen caught a number of small fish in the park’s pond. The Bogues provided the kids with fishing rods and bait, as well as a picnic lunch afterwards.
Later in the month, the Bogues joined with other members of the club to meet a larger group of youth from CTS’ group homes for their third annual fishing day at Sea Girt. Showcasing their club objectives of “promoting and protecting recreational fishing interests while safeguarding our natural resources,” the members distributed educational materials, demonstrated the use of lures and hooks and practiced casting on land before taking the CTS youth and clinicians to the beach for fishing in the ocean.
The slightly overcast day turned out to be great for fishing, as the group caught numerous fish. One girl in particular caught 25 herself! The outing ended with sandwiches and excited talk about their experiences, with the youth allowed to take their rods with them to fish another day. Thanks again to the Berkeley Striper Club for providing a unique experience that the children and youth of CTS will not soon forget.
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TWO VALUED NJ AGENCIES BRING CONTINUUM OF SERVICE TO ALL AGES
AND FORM A NEW AFFILIATION …
* LEGACY TREATMENT SERVICES and COMMUNITY TREATMENT SOLUTIONS *
Mt. Laurel, NJ (June 20, 2017) — New Jersey’s most vulnerable children, adults, and families will benefit from a new affiliation, effective July 1, 2017, between Legacy Treatment Services and Community Treatment Solutions that will provide a continuum of mental health and developmental services spanning 14 counties in New Jersey as well as Delaware. The organizations share a goal of supporting individuals in overcoming challenges and working toward a life of wellness and recovery.
In the reorganization of these agencies, Roy Leitstein, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Treatment Services will oversee the new collaboration with Lynn Santilli Connor, MSW, LCSW, BCBA serving as Executive Director of Community Treatment Solutions. Susan Buchwald, the current Chief Executive Office of Community Treatment Services will become Legacy’s Chief Strategy Officer. CTS will maintain all their existing programs and contracts but all administrative functions including finance, quality improvement and human resources will be centralized at LTS.
Established in 1990, Community Treatment Solutions is a community-based continuum of care for children, youth and their families. Services are designed for youth who have experienced trauma and present with behavioral and addiction issues. It also has programs for youth who are developmentally and/or intellectually delayed and are victims of human trafficking.
With over 200 years of experience serving New Jersey’s most vulnerable and at-risk children, youth, adults and families, Legacy Treatment Services serves as the premier resource in the region for residential, behavioral, and mental health needs.
There is enthusiastic support by members of both boards who see this alliance as greater strength and resources for the clients they serve. Legacy Board Chair Gloria Miller said, “This affiliation takes two stellar organizations and joins them into one creative, dynamic and viable force. Sarah Zuba, Community Treatment Solutions Board Chair adds, “We have had a long standing positive relationship with Legacy Treatment Services. Affiliating with Legacy is a natural extension of our mission and gives us new opportunities that are very exciting.”
Legacy Treatment Services is headquartered at 1289 Route 38 West, Suite 203 Hainesport, NJ 08036. For more information, visit http://www.legacytreatment.org/ or call 609-267-5656. Community Treatment Solutions is located at 236 W. Route 38, Suite 210, Moorestown, NJ 08057. For more information, visit http://www.ctsnj.org or call 856-642-9090.
Brakeem Henderson (pictured 3rd from right)
A youth from Community Treatment Solutions’ TRAIL (Transitional Assisted Independent Living) program recently had the honor of serving on a Youth Advisory Board panel at the Statewide Adolescent Networking Conference.
Brakeem Henderson, who has been with TRAIL since 2014, was one of six on the panel, consisting of youth from across New Jersey. TRAIL supports youth who are aging out of the child protective system by helping them transition to independence, with interventions that focus on life skills, job skills and academic achievement.
The conference, which was hosted by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Rutgers School of Social Work, Institute for Families in New Brunswick, focused on promoting successful and sustainable relationships and partnerships between youth involved in the child welfare system and the adults that serve them.
Henderson, 19, who has served as President and Vice President of the Burlington County Youth Advisory Board (YAB), was elected to be a part of the conference panel by his peers. The YAB consists of current and former foster youth from age 14-22 who meet to discuss how to improve the policies, procedures and services provided to them by the Department of Children and Families, specifically the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). It is also a place for youth to connect with each other while building advocacy, leadership and professional skills.
“Brakeem (and others on the panel) spoke about what it means to be in foster care and his experiences on growing up in the system,” said Community Treatment Solutions Assistant Director of Community Services Alexa Morales. “Besides being on YAB, he holds two jobs. He’s very motivated.”
CTS youth were treated to complementary haircut and nail services recently by the high school cosmetology students at Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) Westampton.
The BCIT students stayed after school and were able to show off their skills to the benefit of the pleased teens from Community Treatment Solutions.
” My students were excited when they heard that they would be doing hair and nails for kids their own age,” said BCIT cosmetology teacher Kimberly Williams. “It’s a win-win. Our students got community service hours and more practice and the girls from CTS benefited as well. Even if they weren’t earning service points, my (BCIT) kids told me that they would have done it anyway, as they like to give back.”
Williams refers to the cosmetology department as one of the best kept secrets in Burlington County. While walk ins are not allowed, the general public can make appointments for services every Thursday that school is in session at 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM by calling 609-267-4226, x8358 or x8368.
Children and their parents had a lot of fun at Community Treatment Solutions during Take Your Child to Work Day! The future workers were busy interviewing staff about their careers, developing a first resume, working on crafts and adding rubber bands to the CTS Rubber Band Ball!
Thanks to all for participating!
American Biltrite (ABI Tape – Moorestown) employees, led by CTS Board Vice Chair Michel Merkx, raised $1,300 for CTS during its annual Dare to Wear Orange Day!
Begun by Merkx as a fun way to celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander Van Nassau, House of Orange of the Netherlands at his company, this year’s day was an “Orange Extravaganza” with a record number of participants including reps. and family members. Nearly 200 people chose to wear orange in some form.
With Merkx donating $5 per orange person and added contributions from colleagues, ABI Tape Moorestown raised $1,300 for Community Treatment Solutions!
Community Treatment Solutions CEO Susan Buchwald and COO Lynn Connor were invited to do a training for the Casework Supervisors and Managers at DCP&P (Division of Child Protection and Permanency) for Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem.
The workshops were conducted over a 3- week period and focused on Family Engagement. During a Comprehensive Program Review, it was noted that DCP&P rated low on Family Engagement, so CTS stepped in to assist. The goal is to have this training made available for all staff at DCP&P.
Investors Bank stopped by to present a grant check to CTS in order to fund our Peter Taub Music Program! We appreciate their generosity! To find out more about this program, which provides music therapy to our youth, click the link below.
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A mom’s home cleanup led to a holiday costume drive to benefit youth at Community Treatment Solutions.
Lynn Rosenblatt and her 13-year-old daughter Olivia directed a service project that resulted in their donation of 60 new and gently-used Halloween costumes for children in CTS’ programs.
“(After) my oldest daughter left for her freshman year in college this August, I got busy cleaning out a lot of drawers and closets,” said Rosenblatt, who does work with CTS Board member Cheryl Pliskin. “I had a number of Halloween costumes from over the years, most only worn once and still in really good shape so my daughter Olivia and I came up with the idea to start our own service project to collect gently-used costumes. I asked Cheryl if she knew of anyone who would take them and she suggested Community Treatment Solutions.”
Lynn and Olivia spread the word on Facebook and posted flyers at Olivia’s middle school and were able to collect a mix of various-sized costumes for boys and girls. Thanks to them and others who donated, this Halloween will be a little happier for CTS youth.