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West Bergen Mental Healthcare Awarded Highest Level CARF Accreditation

West Bergen Mental Healthcare

July 8,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood  NJ, West Bergen Mental Healthcare, with offices in Ridgewood, Mahwah and Ramsey, has once again been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a period of three years for the following programs: Day Treatment: Mental Health (Adults), Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults), and Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents). West Bergen received its first Three-year Accreditation in 2003 and has maintained this accreditation ever since. This latest accreditation is West Bergen’s sixth consecutive.

West Bergen CEO, Michael Tozzoli, says of the accreditation, “We are extremely proud to be awarded another Three-Year Accreditation from CARF. This independent designation demonstrates West Bergen’s commitment to ensuring our clients receive the best possible care across our many programs. Congratulations to the entire West Bergen staff on a job well done.”

This acknowledgement by CARF represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to approximately 2,500 standards established by CARF. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation outcome has voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

West Bergen Mental Healthcare is a private, nonprofit agency providing counseling, psychiatric and specialized services for all members of our communities – regardless of ability to pay. Since opening in 1963, the Agency has been a leader in the provision of quality, evidence-based mental health care programs and services. To learn more visit; follow us on Facebook or Twitter

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. More information about the CARF accreditation process, can be found at

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West Bergen Mental Healthcare Invites you to their 7th Annual Grand Slam for West Bergen’s Kids


May 19,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, On Wednesday, June 6th, West Bergen Mental Healthcare will hold its 7th Annual Grand Slam for West Bergen’s Kids. This year, the event will be held at the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club. Women’s tennis and mixed doubles Pickleball will be held in the morning followed by a luncheon and raffle.
All funds raised from this event will benefit West Bergen’s programs and services for children and teens suffering with depression and anxiety.

West Bergen maintains a tradition of excellence as well as a commitment to providing service on a sliding scale to those who qualify.

If you have any questions please contact Carol Cohen at (201)444-3550

west bergen mental healthcare invites you to their 7th annual grand slam for west bergen’s kids
Wed, June 06, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club, 915 Glenview Rd., Ridgewood, NJ 07450


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Building Safe and Resilient Communities: the Intersection Between Mental Health, Schools and Law Enforcement

West Bergen Mental Healthcare

May 12,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, West Bergen Mental Healthcare Panel Discussion: building safe and resilient communities: the intersection between mental health, schools and law enforcement
Joins West Bergen Mental Healthcare for a panel discussion on: Building Safe and Resilient Communities: The Intersection Between Mental Health, Schools and Law Enforcement
Panel guests will include mental health, school and law enforcement representatives

Friday, May 18th from 12:30—2:00
The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood
*113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood
*Parking is available next door at
Christ Church in the front
A light lunch will be served
Please RSVP by May 14th to:
Barbara Krusko
Direct: (848)480-0878

Fri, May 18, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450


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West Bergen Mental Healthcare

February 18,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  West Bergen’s Social Discovery Program is pleased to announce that it is again sponsoring the SOAR Experience, a program for children and teens, ages 6-17, with solid verbal skills who experience the social communication and social skills challenges seen in Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, HFA and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities) and related disorders such as Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder. The SOAR Experience, a therapeutic social skills program in a day camp-like environment, will be held at the Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane in Ramsey. The SOAR Counselor In Training (CIT) Program offers teens and young adults (14-24 years old) with the same diagnostic criteria listed above, vocational training and an opportunity to develop various work and social skills.

This is the tenth summer that West Bergen is able to provide these unique services. The SOAR Experience is a small, nurturing program, specifically designed to help children with social challenges thrive and succeed in a supportive environment.

The Program is held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The six-week program is from July 9 to August 17, 2018. The three-week programs are from July 9 to July 27 and from July 30 to August 17. Other highlights include: social skills training; weekly themes; field trips and fun filled activities.

Under the direction of West Bergen’s professional staff, participants will expand their skills in a number of important areas including: building relationships; increasing flexibility; resolving conflicts; successful transitions; improving social scanning; decreasing anxiety; experiencing newness and change and coping with sensory issues.

Contact Richard Miller, LPC, NCC, Director of The Social Discovery Program, for additional information at 201.934.1160 x7234 or

Free information sessions on the SOAR Experience and the Counselor In Training Program will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 to 7:40 PM; Thursday, April 19, 6:30 to 7:10 PM and Monday, May 14, 7:00 to 7:40 PM at the Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane, Ramsey, NJ. SOAR Counselor In Training (CIT) Program Information Sessions will be the same dates immediately following the general information sessions for 45 minutes. Reserve a spot by calling (201) 934-1160, Ext. 7200.

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Allendale Woman’s Club Fashion Show to benefit West Bergen Mental Healthcare

Allendale Woman’s Club Fashion Show
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:30 to 11:00 PM

SEASONS, 644 Pascack Road, Twp. of Washington, NJ
Healthy Mind, Hopeful Future: A Benefit for West Bergen Mental Healthcare
Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Open Bar, Basket and 50-50 Raffles, Fashion Show by Fig Leaf of Maywood
$80 per person, deadline April 4, 2017.
Allendale Woman’s Club
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August 20,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ , The Level 1 Autism Services Department (formerly Asperger’s Related Disorders) at West Bergen Mental Healthcare will present three workshops for professionals, family members and students. The co-facilitators are West Bergen professionals who are Masters and Doctoral level clinicians.
Participation is limited. The fee is $25 per workshop; pre-registration is required. All workshops will be held at the West Bergen Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane, Ramsey, NJ. Please complete the registration form on our website: and mail it with your check payable to West Bergen Mental Healthcare. Questions may be directed to Amy Whritenour at (201) 934-1160.

1. Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders 101 (formerly Asperger’s 101): – Designed for those new to the diagnoses or interested in better understanding this disorder and the changes being made to the diagnosis. Attendees will learn the diagnostic criteria, associated features and strengths of the population. Presented by Michela Tripodi, LPC, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

2. Therapeutic Social Skills for Individuals with Level 1 Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders – This Workshop will provide education on understanding the scope of social skills development frequently needed by those diagnosed with Level 1 Autism Disorders. The nature and complexity of social skills, various techniques and tools and how to target social skills development within the natural environment for children through adolescents will be examined. Presented by Loren Galese, LAC, on Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

3. Two or Three for One: The Complexity of Co-Morbidity (additional diagnosis) in Level 1 Autism and Related Disorders – This Workshop will review the symptoms and criteria for the most commonly experienced co-morbid disorders and examine various treatment options. Presented by Cory Birch, LPC, ACS, Thursday, September 15, 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

West Bergen is a non-profit organization providing a wide range of psychiatric and counseling services for all age groups with various levels of need. West Bergen is committed to meeting the psychological needs of each of its clients with sensitivity and responsive, innovative services of the highest quality. West Bergen strives to improve the quality of life in Bergen County and beyond – one life at a time. For further information on West Bergen and the services it provides please call (201) 485-7172.
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Contact: Carol Cohen, Director of Development, (201) 444-3550.

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West Bergen Mental Healthcare presents Fashions from W by Worth

West Bergen Mental Healthcare
Wed, April 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Ridgewood NJ, Summer is just around the corner! Come and see the new Fashion Trends and colors that would be most beautiful on you.

Please note that on any purchase, you are giving back 10 percent to WEST BERGEN MENTAL HEALTHCARE.
For more than 50 years, West Bergen has provided counselling and psychiatric services to youngsters, families and individuals in need.

In support of Autism Awareness Month, We invite you to…
Come and see the new Fashion Trends and colors that would be most beautiful on you.
Fashions by: W by Worth will be presented by Christina DeCarlo

For a preview, visit
West Bergen Mental Healthcare will receive 10% of any items purchased that day.

West Bergen is a leading provider of mental health services and programs for youngsters and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

Free Admission
RSVP to Carol 201-444-3550

Light refreshments will be served.

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Celebrate Ridgewood’s Downtown for the Holidays-30th Anniversary


Downtown for the Holidays-30th Anniversary
Fri, December 04, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood NJ

30th Year Celebration !

Santa IS in Ridgewood-bring your list!

Lots of Music and entertainment !

Early Event – “for the kids”
5:30 – 6:30 – Santa in the park for the “wee tots” along with live entertainment by the “clock”, in the stores and restaurants along E. Ridgewood Ave featuring the RHS Marching Band, RHS Ridgewood Carolers, RHS Orchestra, Taekwondo All In

NEW THIS YEAR -5:30-9pm Special Feature-Holiday Express Train-bring the family and ride this fun train up and down E. Ridgewood Ave.

7-8 – “on stage live”
Live entertainment and tree lighting Celebration featuring performances by Porch Light Productions, From the Top Studio, Art of Motion, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Santa and Much More!

8-9 “Merriment on E. Ridgewood Ave
Shh – Santa will be back in the park
Lots of music on the avenue
Restaurant reservation suggested

Specials going on during the Tree Lighting…
Femmebot has music and 10% store wide sale until 9pm on 12/4/15

Alex and Ani having in-store events-
10% off Store Wide at Femmebot

for the 30th Anniversary Celebration

Columbia Bank
Valley Health System
Van Dyk Health Care
Freedom Bank
CareOne at Ridgewood
Ridgewood News
Boiling Spring Saving Bank
PNC Wealth Management
Park West Tavern & Loft
West Bergen Mental Healthcare
ConnectOne Bank
Ulrich, Inc.
C.C. VanEmburgh Funeral Home
Pearl Restaurant
Daily Treat Restaurant
Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Country Pancake House and Restaurant
Life Opportunities Unlimited
Pink Bungalow
Hillmann Lighting
Lazarus & Williamson
The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood
Christ Church
Cupcakes by Carousel
Femmebot Clothing
Beauty Plus Salon
Gold Fish Swim School
Ridgewood Public Library
West Side Nursery School
Ridgewood YMCA
Ridgewood Party Rental

For more details, please call us at 201-445-2600 or email