Welcome to Our New President and Chief Medical Officer
We are delighted to congratulate and welcome Hilary Jacobs, LICSW, LADC I, as our new President of Lahey Health Behavioral Services, and Dr. Barry Ginsberg as our Chief Medical Officer.
Together, Hilary and Dr. Ginsberg will oversee and lead our agency, including all of its clinical teams and strategic initiatives. Hilary and Dr. Ginsberg have a long history with our agency and in the field of behavioral health.
Mass. Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives Meets with Family Mental Health Therapists in Haverhill.
Haverhill, Mass--Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (standing: second from right) recently met with a team of Lahey Health Behavioral Services clinicians in Haverhill. The Senator's May 19 visit was in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month.
New Locations in Haverhill
We have a long history of providing mental health and addiction treatment services in greater Haverhill.
This spring, it's been open house season in Haverhill, where, among 100 other guests, we had the pleasure of welcoming City of Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini (second from left in photo) to our new downtown facility at 200 Main Street.
At 200 Main Street, our Cornerstone Adult Behavioral Learning Center works with adults (18 and over) with significant mental illness diagnoses, such as anxiety, clinical depression, bipolar disorder and others. Cornerstone is a five-day-per-week recovery and rehabilitation program that includes group counseling, life skills, music therapy, mindfulness and other modalities.
We also welcomed guests, colleagues and our provider associates to an open house to showcase our new offices at 26 Parkridge Road (Ward Hill). In this location, our home-based family therapy programs work with residents in many towns in the upper Merrimack Valley, including greater Haverhill, Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburport, Rowley, Salisbury, Topsfield and West Newbury. Using a family-centered approach, we work together to develop and define individualized goals for each family. Therapeutic mentoring is also available, when indicated as part of the youth's care plan.
New Year’s Resolutions: Making Your 2017 Health Changes Stick
This is the time of year when we vow to eat better, exercise more, practice mindfulness or seek professional treatment for mental or physical health issues.
It’s wonderful to make those New Year's Resolutions, but how can we make these behavioral modifications actually stick? How can they help us to make a long-term lifestyle change?
Here are some tips for making long-term healthy changes:
Our 10 Tips for Holiday Wellness
1. Say ‘yes’ to your health: Create a list between now and New Years of healthy and joyful things that you will do for yourself. Practice saying a polite “no” if you are asked to participate in events that are beyond your comfort zone or not included on that healthy to-do list that you have created. Or check out these tips for sharing holiday meals with people in your life who may add to your stress.
2. Breathe and be present: Practice a simple breathing, meditation or centering technique to help you keep a sense of calm. As you join the flurry of pre-holiday shopping or parties (or not), make sure you are truly present for each person and event and place.
3. Plan ahead for the workplace holiday party: Nervous about the workplace holiday bash? Prepare ahead of time for how you will act, how much you will drink, when you will arrive and leave, and how you will get home safely. Newly in recovery from problem drinking or alcoholism? Pre-planning for the workplace party is even more crucial. Or, better yet, bring along a non-drinking friend or support person. Don’t go it alone.
4. When is it more than holiday blues? Learn and recognize the signs of depression. Ask for professional help. Speak to your doctor about the many resources on the North Shore and in the Merrimack Valley that will help you to cope with depression, grief or loss before or during the holidays (see # 10, “Ask for help”).
5. Get exercise: Find time every day to walk outdoors. In the winter, when light is low, our systems slow down and outdoor light can help to lift our spirits. Exercise will also offset those extra holiday treats and calories. This doctor helps you to keep to a consistent 30 minutes’ exercise per day.
6. Role models for your kids: Children and teens need to see a consistent policy around drinking and other drug use in your home. If you need to, create new family memories with healthy meals and alcohol-free celebrations with your children.
7. Sleep: It’s not uncommon to lose sleep as our holiday activities increase. Have fun while maintaining your regular sleep patterns.
8. Trust your values: Test your friends’ and loved ones’ requirements or expectations against your own values. Be clear about those values and why they mean so much to you. For example, if you would rather donate to charity than purchase or receive gifts, be clear about your preference and invite them to join in activities which will bring you both together in joy.
9. Be a good host: If you’re hosting that party or holiday dinner, you are responsible for all your guests’ safety. Serve a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Use standard, measured drinks. Never serve anyone under 21, and ensure that all guests have a safe and sober ride home. The Massachusetts Social Host Law defines your responsibilities.
10. Ask for help: If the holidays bring you more stress than joy, or if they evoke unhappy feelings or memories, our local newspapers often have health-event calendars and updates on local support groups. Your local hospice has support groups for those who are grieving around the holidays. Your local 12-step group will give you a support system if you are trying to stay clean and sober. Your doctor will recommend (or call our agency) for an outpatient counseling option. Or check out the local branch of NAMI for resources near your home.
Note: This article is informational only, and does not, as such, constitute or replace clinical treatment or intervention.
Doing a media story on holiday wellness? Contact us for expert commentary. 978-968-1736 or gro.htlaehben@snoitacinummoc.
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation Funds Substance Use Program for Adolescents, Families on the North Shore
The Team 14 team with Nick Randell (rear, right), Program Officer, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.
Earlier this year, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation awarded a grant of $264,066 to Lahey Health Behavioral Services (LHBS).
This fall, the three-year grant has allowed LHBS to launch Team 14, a specialized individual and family therapy services for local youth with substance use concerns. The team is now working with its first group of adolescents and their parents or guardians.
The Team 14 initiative addresses a documented lack of mid-range level and community-based substance use treatment services (for adolescents) by offering youth and their families access to treatment at home or at school during convenient afternoon and evening hours.
The clinical team is comprised of outreach mental health counselors and case workers with expertise in substance use treatment. The team will provide evidence-based, family-centered and highly focused interventions.
Team Fourteen will serve youth ages 12-25 and their caregivers who live on Boston’s North Shore.
For referrals, contact the program at 978.867.7137. All inquiries and services are 100% confidential and provided at no cost to the youth or family.
About Lahey Health Behavioral Services
Lahey Health Behavioral Services is a non-profit agency that provides a range of outpatient, inpatient and residential care, including mental health clinics; addiction treatment; family services; mobile crisis teams; psychiatric treatment and school-based programs for children and teens. The agency serves communities in greater Boston, the North Shore and the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts.
About The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation seeks to support community programming that will result in children, adolescents, and young adults affected by substance abuse, learning disabilities, mental illness, and intellectual disabilities achieving their full potential. The Foundation makes grants totaling 7-8 million dollars annually. For more information on The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, please visit thetowerfoundation.org.
Two New Medical Directors for Lahey Health’s Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Programs
Barry Ginsberg, M.D. has been appointed as the medical director for Lahey Health Behavioral Services’ Addictions Treatment Services Division. In this role, Dr. Ginsberg will oversee clinical care across 11 treatment programs in Boston, the North Shore and the Merrimack Valley.
Lahey’s addiction treatment programs provide various levels of inpatient and outpatient care for adults with substance use disorders, ranging from medical detoxification services, to residential care and medication‑assisted treatments for opioid dependency.
In addition to this new role, Dr. Ginsberg serves as medical director for Lahey Health Behavioral Services’ Population Health and Emergency Services Division as well as its Inpatient Psychiatric Services.
He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, and is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Certified Physician Executive and member of the American Association for Physician Leadership. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, from which he received their first voluntary faculty award in 2009.
Medical Director, Outpatient Division
Patrick R. Aquino, MD has been appointed as medical director for the Ambulatory Services Division at Lahey Health Behavioral Services. In this role, Dr. Aquino will oversee care delivery across 7 outpatient clinics and outreach programs in the Merrimack Valley and on the North Shore.
The clinics provide various modalities of outpatient mental health care for adults, teens and children.
In addition to this new role, Dr. Aquino oversees Lahey’s acute and primary care-embedded behavioral health services and chairs the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.
Dr. Aquino is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
In addition to his clinical leadership at Lahey Health, Patrick is assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.