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Program Name: Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance Succasunna (DBSA Succasunna)
Agency Name: DBSA Succasunna
Year the Program was Started: 2003
Public Contact Person: Bonnie Rosenthal
Address: 26 Beaver Dam Road
Randolph, NJ 07869
Telephone #: (973) 647-8082
Fax #: 973-984-2880
Email Address: info@dbsasuccasunna.org
Website URL: www.dbsasuccasunna.org
Program Category: Support Group
Target Participants:
Men, Women, Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Borrowed Space (church, school, community center)
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 5-10
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available:
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Based upon a self-help model, DBSA Succasuna provides a venue where by persons may receive emotional support and education in a safe environment. DBSA Succasunna provides persons with educational information, resources, support, and empowerment skills in order to go along a person’s wellness journey. DBSA Succasunna provides person’s with an avenue whereby people can receive support, while also being able to give back support.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Outcomes are somewhat assessed for this program. DBSA Succasunna has a Board of Trustees that meets once a month. We also look to our group members for assistance on tasks and activities such as greeting newcomers, managing the lending library, and other tasks such as making phone calls, helping at special events, and preparing mailings. Therefore, we are able to assess our goals through whether newcomers are involved and move toward a wellness model. At board meetings, we discuss particular persons and how we might be able to get them more involved. We also have seen people who come to group in crisis, and at a later time get involved with assisting the leaders of the group. In this capacity, we are then able to assess whether the support group is achieving its purpose. We also receive feedback from support group members as to how the group has helped them and/or their family member or friend.
Program Mission Statement: DBSA Succasunna's mission, as stated in our by-laws is to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders by providing support and education to those persons whom the group is intended for in the Central/Western Morris County area.
Additional Information: DBSA Succasunna is a mutual aid self-help support group. The group offers different activities all aimed at a person being able to help themsef while living with depression and/or bipolar disorder whether they are a patient/consumer, friend, or family member. Evening rap group meetings a/k/a support groups are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 7:15 – 9:00 pm. A daytime support group meeting is held on the 4th Tuesday from 10:15 am – 12 noon. And educational lectures are held on the 2nd Thursday at 7:15 pm. Other opportunities for involvement are available including participating in personal psycho-education and recovery based programs through DBSA’s Living Successfully with a Mood Disorder program and/or the Pathways to Recovery program adapted by DBSA not to mention just getting further involved in the group and being able to give back. All activities are held at Temple Shalom, 215 South Hillside Avenue in Succasunna, NJ 07876. The group is non-denominational and the building is handicapped accessible. Self help support group meetings also known as rap meetings are held. Further offerings of DBSA Succasunna include our extensive free literature made available at meetings and our lending library and e-mail folder list whereby people can receive local and national mental health news at no cost to them.

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