Strong Ties Will Hold Open House at New Facility in Brighton

June 01, 2005

Strong Ties Community Support Program will hold an open house Monday June 8 to highlight new, larger offices at 2613 W. Henrietta Road in Brighton.

The program is run by the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. The new facility, which is 25 percent larger than the program’s previous home on Elmwood Avenue, allows for expanded services, including a computer lab and kitchen training.

The two-hour open house will begin at 4 p.m. Guest speakers include Dr. Eric Caine, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, and Dr. J. Steven Lamberti, M.D., associate chairman for clinical programs for the department.

Refreshments will be served and tours will be offered. “Airstrike,” the Strong Ties chimes band, will provide entertainment.

Strong Ties, part of Strong Behavioral Health, is nationally recognized as a leader in the care, teaching and research of severe mental illness. More than 85 mental health professionals provide outpatient care to about 1,200 adults affected by severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Strong Ties is the psychiatry department’s largest outpatient program.

The program’s goal is to help clients and their families recover from severe mental illness in a way that allows them to achieve personal goals and participate fully in the community, said Joy Koziol, Psy.D., executive director of Strong Ties.

Adoption of a rehabilitation and recovery treatment approach makes the new and larger space more important. The new facility houses specialized training facilities, expanded areas for group therapy, and alternative services provided by peers.

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