Bleuler Psychotherapy Center's hosted events, news-worthy articles, and other happenings from the psychotherapy and chemical dependency fields
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
BPC staff attended the Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week celebration on April 10, 2019, at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. The event was sponsored by Queens District Attorney, Richard A. Brown and Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz. We are reminded that victims of crime and their loved ones need the support of services that can help them to work through the physical, emotional, and financial impacts of these acts. BPC provided resources and information to families and loved ones who were impacted by crime across the city.
NYS Office of Mental Health Operating Certificate
Message from BPC’s Executive Director, Steven Helfand, PsyD:
It is with much thanks and pride that I announce that Bleuler Psychotherapy Center, Inc. received official recertification as an Article 31 Outpatient Clinic Treatment Program from the NYS State Office of Mental Health. The certification is in effect from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2022.
The OMH audit team spent their time reviewing patient and personnel files, policies, as well as interviewing our staff and patients, and inspecting the physical plant.
Thank you to each of you who played a direct and indirect yet equally important part in the success of this recertification review that found substantial compliance with applicable regulations and requirements resulting in the maximum three year certification. This certification was dependent on everyone to include; our front office team, administrative support team, billing team, clinicians, psychiatrists, clinical supervisors, directors, management team and our contracted compliance and legal partners.
This is an exciting time as we move towards more outcome driven care and access to clinical service reports to evolve our services and maintain compliance.
Onward and Upward!
Consumer Advisory Group
BPC’s Consumer Advisory Group met on April 1, 2019 for the first quarterly meeting of the year. The Consumer Advisory Group is made up of BPC patients and serves the purpose of obtaining feedback about their experiences at the center. This feedback includes quality of services, efficiency of programs, physical plant, and suggestions for improvement. The group is facilitated by Clinical Supervisor, Dr. Leonard Tuzman. At this most recent meeting, consumers shared their compliments about the courtesy and efficiency of the reception and front desk staff. The new text and phone call reminder system was noted as being helpful to most. Suggestions were made for improvements of the waiting area as well as creating a new group for Caregivers coping with family members with various illnesses.
Bard High School Early College Queens’ Mental Health Fair & Symposium
On March 20, 2019, staff from BPC took part in Bard High School Early College Queens’ Mental Health Fair & Symposium. Dr. Sasha Soon, Director of Intake & Community Relations, facilitated a discussion after the film “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” where students were able to talk about their experiences with mental illness, symptoms, prognosis, and treatment.
Phase One of Renovations Complete
In early March 2019, the first part of our third floor renovations was completed with the staff of Bleuler Chemical Dependency Recovery Services (BCD) settling into their space. We project that phase two will be completed by the end of May 2019 and will provide at least five new treatment rooms coming on line to provide quality rapid engagement to behavioral health care. Once completed, the third floor will be utilized to provide services for both the Mental Health and Chemical Dependency programs as well as serve as a space for staff trainings and community workshops. The date of the official ribbon cutting will be announced shortly.
BPC is pleased to have created a Safety / Maintenance Associate position as we strive to create and maintain a clean and welcoming environment. Your feedback is valuable to us we seek to improve our care environment.
BPC is proud to welcome our 2018-2019 class of 5 Masters Program interns from Columbia University, Hunter College, and New York University to provide additional support to individual and group programming.
Renovations to our BCD Program
Renovations to our BCD program and BPC program on the 3rd floor are underway with a completion date hoped for prior to the end of February. Our new space will offer a welcome and streamlined waiting room with options for counter or traditional seating. Treatment rooms will be furnished with comfortable chairs and the space will include built in white noise for optimal privacy. Below are pictures of the final space.
Staff Appreciation BBQ
On August 5, 2018 we celebrated the BPC staff at our first summer event offsite at Flushing Meadow park in Queens. We had a great turn out and everyone enjoyed the great food, games, and company. We look forward to more events like this where we can show our appreciation for the dedication and hard work our staff does on a daily basis.
Groups at BPC this Summer
Exterior renovations are completed. Interior renovations to begin in Summer 2018
Now interviewing for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 internship class
New Groups at Bleuler this Spring
Exterior renovations are almost completed. Interior renovations to begin in Spring 2018
At Bleuler we take patient feedback seriously…
At Bleuler we take patient feedback seriously and strive to create a clean and comfortable environment for all who utilize our services. We have recently updated our waiting room with new chairs and signage and welcome you to share your thoughts with us about any additional changes you would like to see. Please feel free to speak with anyone from our Front Office or Leadership team about your thoughts.