February 2019 Message from the Executive Director

Beacon Place is a work in progress. We began as a Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver provider offering a Structured Day Program. As it grew we began to offer, in response to demand and need,  two counseling components of the waiver (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (to address problematic behaviors) and Community Integration Counseling (counseling to help someone adjust to and succeed in the community)).

As noted in my previous message people expressed their need and we found that there are gaps in services available
  • For those individuals waiting for the Medicaid Waivers but not approved as yet
  • For people ineligible for Medicaid or the Waiver and with other insurance
  • For children that have had a TBI or other issue but have not been followed up
  • For those people discharged from hospitals or services that have become more isolated and need services to maintain or improve their functioning, independence and mood
  • For information and education that is, sadly, often not provided to individuals and families about their condition
  • For wraparound mental health and medical services. Services that can be used in whole or in part- someone coming to us for a service is not going to be required to get all services with us. We believe that free choice, our reputation and quality of service will lead people to us.

In response to need we opened our Mental Health Services. We are in the process of credentialling a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, an Adult Nurse Practitioner, a Neuropsychologist for counseling and testing as well as therapists. We also began our second Medicaid Waiver, the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver. It serves those 18-64 with physical disabilities or those 65 or older that demonstrate a need and are Medicaid elegible. 

We believe in celebrating strengths, identifying areas that may benefit from services and providing that information to those we serve. We believe in person-centered care- not as a "buzzword" but real person-centered care where the client or participant is the center of treatment. Their goals, needs are concerns provide the direction and framework for treatment. We work together to address their needs, their goals, and what they want and need from treatment.

It is a great reward to see people overcome their challenges, believe and achieve. Our growth has demonstrated that there is a need, and that we are succeeding in our mission. We do not push people to come or to recruit others to come or receive more services from us. We believe in attraction rather than promotion. People come to us because they want to , not in response to pressure. Our staff and the treatment are the reason for the success. 

I have the pleasure of having a caring, intelligent, dedicated and experienced staff who care. For them, and I, this is not just a job but a mission. 

Warmest regards,
Executive Director Randy Bleiwas, LCSW, MA, CASAC, CBIS, CHt

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to send me an email at [email protected] or call me at (845) 827-6680. 
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