Oaks Integrated Care and Preferred Behavioral Health Group


Oaks Integrated Care and Preferred Behavioral Health Group
Announce Plans to Affiliate in October 2016
Changes in Healthcare Landscape Lead to New Partnership Opportunities


Mt. Holly, NJ-  On July 5, 2016 Oaks Integrated Care and Preferred Behavioral Health Group announced their plan to affiliate in October of 2016. The affiliation unifies two private, nonprofit health and social service agencies dedicated to serving children, adults and families living with a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability. Oaks provides programs in 9 New Jersey counties and Preferred Behavioral Health Group covers 8 counties with a primary focus in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The new partnership brings together two clinically strong, financially healthy organizations with a shared mission of improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Affiliating will allow the organizations to expand geographically, strengthen service delivery and maximize efficiencies. Most importantly, the affiliation brings the opportunity for growth, giving more people access to compassionate, quality care.

Bob Pekar, Oaks Integrated Care CEO, shares, “We’re extremely excited that Preferred Behavioral Health, under the leadership of Mary Pat Angelini, has decided to join the Oaks Integrated Care family. Together we have the potential to grow and embark on new service areas while continuing to improve the health and well-being of our communities.”

As an affiliate of Oaks Integrated Care, Preferred Behavioral Health Group will keep their name and remain an independent company while becoming a member of the Oaks family of services. The affiliation is dependent on the final approval from the State of New Jersey and the organizations’ Boards of Trustees.

“This strategic alliance with Oaks Integrated Care will enhance our mission, create positive change in the communities we serve and increase our continuum of care across the state,” says Mary Pat Angelini, CEO of Preferred Behavioral Health Group.

Oaks Integrated Care Board Chair, Joe Aristone of Pennsylvania Real Estate Trust Company adds, “In the changing healthcare landscape, our future success relies on strategic planning and the strength of state-wide partnerships. While we cannot predict all that lies ahead, we must consider innovative approaches to ensure we will be here to help those who desperately need our services.”

With a combined budget of 124 million dollars, nearly 200 programs serving 42,000 people and over 2,200 employees, Oaks Integrated Care will emerge as one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive human service providers. The wide-ranging variety of programs will include group homes, in-home services, substance abuse services, prevention and education, case management, outpatient counseling, supportive housing, partial care, crisis stabilization services and food pantries.

About Oaks Integrated Care

Oaks Integrated Care offers over 150 health and social service programs for vulnerable adults, children and families in nine counties throughout New Jersey. By focusing on integrated care, the organization strives to treat the whole person to achieve both mental and physical wellness. Oaks Integrated Care formed in 2015 when Twin Oaks Community Services merged with Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare.

For more information, visit www.oaksintcare.org or call the Development Office at 609-267-5928.

About Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG)

PBGH, headquartered in Brick, NJ, provides a comprehensive range of services needed to improve and maintain mental health and healthy lifestyles for children and adults in eight New Jersey counties with a primary focus in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Their continuum of care includes three 501c3 organizations: Prevention First, Preferred Behavioral Health and Preferred Children’s Services.

For more information, visit www.preferredbehavioral.org or call 732-458-1700.

oaks Photo Caption: Bob Pekar, CEO of Oaks Integrated Care with Mary Pat Angelini, CEO of Preferred Behavioral Health Group