Somerset County’s mental health center expanding

Source: MyCentralJersey.com

Construction has begun on new medical and dental suites at Somerset County’s Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center that will be staffed and operated by Zufall Health.

When the Zufall Clinic opens, the North Bridge Street facility, located opposite the Bridgewater Library, will be officially changing its name to the Richard Hall Community Health and Wellness Center.

“Richard Hall has a reputation as a top-tier mental health care facility, and with this integration of Zufall’s primary and dental health care it will provide even greater service to its clients,” said Somerset County Commissioner Paul Drake, liaison to the Human Services department, said in a statement. “

The county received a federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration in May 2020 for the project. The grant allows Richard Hall to partner with Zufall Health to integrate medical, dental, mental health treatment, substance use treatment, and other wellness programs under one roof for the first time.

Richard Hall has worked with Zufall Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, as one of its offsite partners for the past six years.

Zufall’s experience in providing primary medical and dental care for infants, children, adults, and older adults has proven beneficial for the needs of Richard Hall clients and the Somerset County community.

“There is tremendous value in combining our two treatment plans and treatment teams to attend to the whole health of individuals,” Richard Hall Executive Director Nicci Spinazzola said in a statement. “As we integrated primary care and wellness activities into client care, it became apparent to us that this was an essential piece to the sustained recovery of those living with mental health and substance use challenges.”

Richard Hall, a public, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare system operated by Somerset County, provides mental health and substance use treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. The facility opened in 1983 and was named in honor of the county’s first mental health administrator.

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