PARSIPPANY, NJ - NewBridge Services has opened a 15,320-square-foot, centralized service center providing counseling, substance abuse treatment and other programs to better serve Morris County residents.

“NewBridge has long served Morris County, but with the opening of this center in the county’s most populous town, near the crossroads of routes 80 and 287, we’ve greatly improved accessibility,’’ NewBridge CEO Robert L. Parker said. “Throughout the region, residents have had to endure long waiting lists to get the care they need, but NewBridge has the capacity to accept new clients immediately,” Parker noted.

Located in the Troy Office Center off eastbound Route 46 in Parsippany, the facility has 20 counseling rooms and spacious group therapy rooms, as well as a drop-in center for clients. It’s also the new home of NewBridge Jobs Plus, a free program that has helped more than 3,000 young adults earn their high school diplomas and prepare for careers.

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NewBridge has made significant investments in its information technology to meet federal health care requirements and changes to state funding formulas, and expanded its evidenced-based practices. Last fall, NewBridge opened a 13,000-square-foot center in the Haskell section of Wanaque Township, expanding the nonprofit’s presence in Passaic County.

“NewBridge has a strong reputation for innovative programs and community responsiveness, and our new center in Parsippany gives Morris County residents easy, immediate access to our highly regarded services,’’ Parker said.

NewBridge is hosting an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 4-6 p.m., at the center, located at 1259 Route 46, Building 2. At 5 p.m., NewBridge will dedicate one of the two NewBridge Jobs Plus classrooms to the memory of founder Jim Ryan and his wife, Marie, both champions of people with mental illnesses. For more information, visit newbridge.org or call (973) 316-9333.

About NewBridge

NewBridge Services, a 501c(3) nonprofit, is a premier provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey serving more than 8,500 children, adults and seniors each year. NewBridge treats mental illnesses and addictions; teaches skills for coping with stress, grief and challenging relationships; builds and manages affordable housing; offers school-based programs that teach children and adolescents resiliency skills for healthy emotional development; helps young adults succeed in their education and prepare for careers; and supports seniors so they can remain independent. Throughout its more than 50-year history, NewBridge has remained true to its mission of bringing balance to people’s lives by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them.