SOUTH ORANGE – JESPY House is excited to announce two employees of its Clinical Services department were recently awarded the 2020 Behavioral Healthcare Hero award, presented by The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ). The winners are Kinga Lewinski, LAC, Lead Clinician and Christina Caporrino, LAC, Clinician.

JESPY House, based in South Orange, provides comprehensive services to adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 

These Clinicians were nominated by Sherry Scucci-Hamilton Clinical Supervisor at JESPY. She cited how, during the pandemic, both Lewinski and Caporrino greatly expanded counseling services to JESPY clients in response to their urgent needs. Within days of having to cease in-person counseling, they selected a platform to provide telehealth services; successfully maintained client caseloads; increased services to more clients that needed clinical services; and utilized a range of social media for messaging to clients.

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“I nominated Christina and Kinga because they worked so well as a team under extremely difficult circumstances,” Scucci-Hamilton said. 

Due to the pandemic, the way that clinical services were provided to clients needed to drastically change. “Our department has worked hard to provide all of our services exclusively through telehealth in order to continue to provide support to our clients and their families during this challenging time,” said Lewinski. “I am honored to be recognized as the July Behavioral Health Care Hero. As we continue to navigate through this global pandemic, I will continue to work hard to provide therapeutic services to my clients.”

Lewinski is a Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey who started with JESPY House as a counseling intern in September 2015. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Montclair State University.

Caporrino came to JESPY as a counseling intern in 2018, before beginning to work full time in 2019. She has a Master of Arts and Education Specialist Degree in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University.

“I am grateful to be able to encourage understanding, acceptance and management of the mental health needs of clients,” expressed Caporrino. “Working as a counselor is a reward within itself, but I am thankful for the recognition from an influential organization.”

Both Lewinsky and Caporrino have been able to seamlessly engage with clients virtually — all the while helping them to process their feelings, improve and adjust their coping skills, and provide support to clients during such a stressful time in their lives.

JESPY House also services clients in the areas of recreation, athletics, community-based supports, activities of daily living and most importantly, advancing independence. Clients range in age from 18-73. To learn more, visit jespy.org.

 

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