The Counseling Center at Cherry Hill hosts open house

Township officials attended the event for the new outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment center.

The Counseling Center at Cherry Hill, a new outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment center, hosted an open house recently attended by a number of local dignitaries and special guests including Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn and Chief of Police William Monaghan.

Approximately 40 local treatment professionals, including therapists, members of treatment centers and non-profit organizations, toured the facility and spoke to the counseling center’s team. Also in attendance were Cherry Hill Lieutenant Keith Mahan and Captain Amy Winters.

“First, we’d like to thank Mayor Cahn for taking the time to visit our new facility,” said Nina Kamelia, who is the center’s clinical director.

“Having the mayor and others join us gave us the opportunity to showcase our state-of-the-art counseling center, but more importantly, it was an opportunity for us to share what we have to offer the community, and all the important work that is being done to help our clients break free from a life of alcohol, drug use and mental illness,” she added.

The Counseling Center at Cherry Hill, licensed by the NJ Department of Mental Health, is a full service counseling center, offering adults and adolescents individual and group mental health therapy and state- of-the art substance abuse treatment programs.

Kamelia said the facility is striving to become an integral part of the Cherry Hill community. To begin that effort, they are offering a number of free incentives to get residents familiar with the center.

She said along with support groups for their clients’ families on Tuesdays, they will also offer community information sessions for any Cherry Hill resident on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. In addition, they will host free Narcan training sessions for community residents in the near future.

“We are in the business of caring for people around mental health and substance use,” Kamelia said. “But it is also important for members of the community to know who we are and where we are in the event that a loved one or someone they know is in need of help,” Kamelia added.

To find out more about the center, call their confidential hot line at (856) 685–5800.