Oppose the AHCA

Dear Friends,

Our mission is, and always has been, to advocate for individuals and families to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.  Which is why we feel obligated to write to you as one of countless groups that has denounced the American Health Care Act (AHCA).  We don’t take sides politically.  We don’t support one candidate over another.  But we appeal to the humanity in each person, if this bill were to become law, millions will lose insurance coverage, thousands of your fellow citizens will suffer and die.  

We implore you to be vocal and to become active.  You can start by contacting your elected representatives.   You can obtain their contact information here.  




Sincerely yours,



Center for Assessment and Treatment

A New Jersey Nonprofit Corp.  



Jayme's Fund for Social Justice donates stuffed bears to Center for Assessment and Treatment

Center for Assessment and Treatment was privileged to receive a donation of stuffed bears from Jayme's Fund for Social Justice (JFSJ). Jayme's Fund for Social Justice is a nonprofit organization started by Jayme’s mother, Caren B. Lipkin Rifkin, with the mission to promote human rights for children in memory of her daughter. Center for Assessment and Treatment's intern Elizabeth Worth, who attends Southern New Hampshire University, volunteered with JFSJ during the previous school year.  The Jayme’s Bears Project provides hand-sewn bears for children living through difficult circumstances locally and around the world, states the Jayme's Fund for Social Justice website. We'd like to thank Jayme's Fund for Social Justice for their gracious donation of Jayme's Bears to our agency. To learn more about JFSJ and the Jayme's Bears Project visit www.jaymesfund.org/jf/.

Center for Assessment and Treatment staff with stuffed bears donated from Jayme's Fund for Social Justice.

Germanwings crash and stigma of mental health

The co-pilot involved in the Germanwings crash has brought to light concerns regarding the stigmatization of mental health. The fear of being ostracized for receiving mental health treatment may lead people to be less likely to seek out treatment. The recent death of comedian/actor Robin Williams has also put more of a spotlight on mental health issues and how people are or are not being treated. “Choosing the right mix of treatments and supports that work for you is an important step in the recovery process. Treatment choices for mental health conditions will vary from person to person. Even people with the same diagnosis will have different experiences, needs, goals and objectives for treatment. There is no “one size fits all” treatment,” states the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The NAMI lists different types of health professionals and different treatments available on their website. Erica Goode of The New York Times wrote about how the Germanwings crash is bringing mental health and how it is being treated to the forefront of society.  Her news article can be read here.

2014 Toy Drive

Center for Assessment and Treatment is running its third annual toy-drive. We're accepting toys for boys and girls ages 3-10+ that are in new, unopened packaging. Donations will be given to children who attend services at this agency. Any leftover toys will be handed-out on a first come-first serve basis. Donations can be dropped off at Center for Assessment and Treatment, located at 254B Mountain Avenue Suite 300, Hackettstown, New Jersey, between the hours of 11am-6pm.

Center for Assessment and Treatment presents LEGO Group


Here’s How It Works

Children come together each week in developmentally staged groups from ages 7-11 years. During the sessions they focus on collaborative projects in a specifically designed LEGO room. To prompt interaction among the children and help them come up with their own solutions, I will divide up tasks so they have joint and interactive jobs to do. This collaboration requires close interaction and communication among group members naturally reinforcing social contact and good behavior.

The participants collaborate on building sets, freestyle projects .

 How Will This Help My Child

You will see your child identify with a peer group and begin to be motivated by social approval and social status within the group. It has been shown that to become a better LEGO® builder, children need to learn from each other, cooperate, solve disputes, follow rules, and be helpful. These skills are often learned and reinforced by their peers throughout the weekly sessions and generalize to school and home environments.

Our goal will be to build a Lego set each week, importantly with a social division of labor. In a group of two, one person is the supplier (finding the right pieces) and the other is the builder (puts the pieces together).  Group members will have to communicate and follow social rules to complete the LEGO build.  Each activity requires verbal and non-verbal communication, collaboration, joint problem-solving, joint creativity and joint attention to the task.

Connecting schools with community mental health resources

Ten years ago, I was in my office at school when a student came in, threw herself in the chair and stated emphatically, “Life really sucks, and I hate all my teachers.” She then burst into tears with such force that she began to hiccup uncontrollably. I immediately sat across from her, handed her tissues and quietly began instructing her to breathe. After she calmed down, it became clear that she was very depressed. She was abusing drugs and failing four courses. For the next 45 minutes, one thought kept creeping into my mind: To whom am I going to refer this student? Who has experience and expertise in working with adolescents who are depressed and abusing drugs?

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Backpack drive

School supplies are essential to academic success.  Thankfully we have individuals like Jenna Houston and the Girl Scouts of America.  For her Gold Award she tirelessly raised donations from local office supply stores, organized the backpacks by age/grade, and even made beautiful tags for each backpack.  Thank you Jenna!