“Empower House is the next step in our administration’s commitment to supporting mental health care that specifically addresses unique challenges in different communities,” said County Executive Tedesco. “The young women who will join our team of leaders, instructors, and mental health professionals at Empower House will find a program dedicated to serving them not just as patients but as people. In addition to required weekly attendance at one therapy session and one evening session, these girls and young adults will have access to classes and workshops that will inspire personal development and growth.”
“I am very proud that our Freeholder Board supports initiatives, like Empower House, that take care of some of Bergen County’s most vulnerable residents,” said Freeholder Sullivan. “Working with Dr. Montello and the Division of Family Guidance, we are providing professional treatment in safe, innovative group setting for young adult women struggling with mental health issues or drug addiction.”
The Empower House is a voluntary program designed specifically for females, ages 16 through 22, which provides clinical services and activities in a home-like atmosphere. The only commitments for clients are for them to attend one evening and one therapy session a week. The hours of the program are from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Prosocial activities, a house meeting and a family style meal are provided each evening. Clients may come to the program earlier in the day if their schedule permits and may attend more than one evening a week. Staff includes a “house parent,” mental health professionals, and a variety of consultants who provide prosocial activities such as art, culinary workshops, exercise groups, and other activities designed to foster empowerment and skill building. The program uses a positive youth development model and incorporates trauma informed care. The program’s design fosters cohesiveness among clients and staff and provides support and services to assist young women as they transition to adulthood.