CarePlus NJ to Host Free Virtual Expert Roundtable to Explore Mental Illness and Addiction in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Paramus, N.J. (May 24, 2022) – Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus NJ”), a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children, announces it will be hosting a free virtual expert roundtable in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month titled

“Together for Mental Health,” which will explore the impact of mental illness and addiction through the trauma-informed lens of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The free event is open to the public and will take place via Zoom on May 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. Those interested in attending can register here.

During the event, a panel of experts from CarePlus NJ and the mental health community will come together to discuss the importance of advocacy, resources, faith and community collaboration in the fight against mental illness and addiction. The panel will also shine a light on ways to support those working to overcome these challenges by building and fostering a culture of supportive belonging.

Expert panelists include:

Chief Ken Ehrenberg, Paramus Police Department

Linda Lee, Employment Matters, CarePlus NJ

Andrea Saraswati Lee, Yoga Life Minister

Kate Kennedy, Care Coordinator, Integrity House

Judy Banes, Mental Health Advocate & Stigma-Free Champion

Tennille Jordan, Maternal Wraparound Program, CarePlus NJ

“Each year, the call to support those struggling with mental illness and addiction grows louder and louder especially as we continue to face the mental health fallout brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this panel, we will not only seek to provide information to those struggling but hope to frame the discussion of mental health and addiction through an inclusive, trauma-informed lens,” said Giesel Girona-Ussery, Associate Vice President, and Co-Chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) Committee at CarePlus NJ. “By emphasizing the importance of advocacy and support for all those suffering with mental health issues as well as the community resources available, we firmly believe that we can help our community find the support and services they need.”

Registration is now open for the free panel event and those interested in attending can register via the following link:

Please contact with any questions or for additional information.

About CarePlus NJ

For more than 40 years, Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus NJ”) has been a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children in northern New Jersey. Based in Paramus, New Jersey, CarePlus NJ is committed to providing the most comprehensive integrated treatment options through 72 programs designed to meet the full spectrum of health and wellness needs for adults and children in the communities it serves. Specializing in acute care, CarePlus NJ provides immediate, high-quality health services and support programs for individuals in crisis. Nationally ranked for excellence in customer satisfaction by the Mental Health Corporations of America, CarePlus NJ is mission driven ensuring that anyone who needs it has access to specialized care. To learn more about CarePlus NJ and its wide range of programs and services, visit


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