HACKENSACK, NJ -- The long time leader of one of the area's most vital providers of mental and behavioral health services received quite a send off last week, as Comprehrensive Behavioral Healthcare's Executive Director Peter Scerbo called it a career after nearly 50 years. Scerbo was joined by hundreds of colleagues, friends and local officials for a retirement party held at Seasons in Washington Township. There he received the best surprise of all when he was told that the Peter Scerbo Scholarship had been formed in his name, with an initial endowment of $42,000 and a mission of helping the organization's consumers acheive their dreams.
“I am so flattered that my friends and coworkers came out on such a cold night to honor my long career with CBH, and was blown away by the endowment of this scholarship in my name, which was a very pleasant surprise,” said Scerbo. “CBH’s growth to a multi-county agency that services people of all ages has been my life’s work. I am so grateful to Sue Devlin, the Board of Trustees, and all of our staff of almost 500 dedicated employees who work hard to provide the best services to people in our communities.”
Scerbo was first hired in 1970 when CBH was known as South Bergen Mental Health Center and operated out of a storefront in Lyndhurst. He was made Executive Director in 1973, and oversaw the growth of CBH into an organization with a $22.5 million annual operating budget that provides Outpatient Departments, Adult Partial Care, 24 Hour Emergency Services, Adult and Adolescent Residential Programs and many other needed mental health services to vulnerable residents.
In 2017, CBH provided services and counseling to approximately 4,000 adults and children in need from 67 Bergen County municipalities and dozens of surrounding communities. CBH works with the County Housing Center to find temporary and permanent housing for individuals in need, and coordinates with the Bergen County Jail to help prevent recidivism once inmates are released.
“A true social worker, Pete has spent his entire career helping others, in many cases literally saving lives,” said Sue Devlin M.A., L.P.C., the organization's current Associate Executive Director, who will now be filling Scerbo’s role as Executive Director. “We thought it was important for Pete’s legacy to create a way for our consumers to have more access to resources beyond the care we provide through grants, and we want to honor Pete’s exceptional career as we move on to the next 50 years of CBH’s service to the 200 plus consumers we see daily.”
“I am so proud of the work CBH has accomplished during my time here and excited for the next chapter of my life,” said Scerbo.
To donate to the Peter Scerbo Scholarship, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, call the CBH Development Office at 201-935-3322, Ext. 57.