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Family Service to merge with Steininger Behavioral Care Services

October 18, 2011
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Mt. Holly, N.J. — After decades of serving New Jersey’s most vulnerable community members, Family Service and Steininger Behavioral Care Services have agreed to merge. The merger plan has recently been approved by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and Department of Human Services and will become effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Both private, nonprofit behavioral health agencies provide services to individuals and families struggling with mental illness. With a combined budget of $65 million, and over 1,300 employees, the new organization, called Twin Oaks Community Services, will be one of New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive, and forward-looking human services providers.

Bob Pekar, President and CEO of Family Service, will serve as CEO of the new entity and Len Altamura, President and CEO of Steininger, will serve as a consultant, helping to integrate programs and services.

The merger combines two strong, fiscally sound organizations with a shared mission focused on improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Most importantly, the partnership brings the promise of growth, giving more people access to quality, effective behavioral health services. Integrating operations will expand reach, spread best practices, strengthen effectiveness and ensure maximum efficiency.

“From day one, our vision was to create a state-of-the-art, highly-competitive organization integrating the best of both agencies while extending our reach into the human service community,” said Pekar. “Our new name reflects the qualities of the mighty oak, which has deep roots, many branches and as a work of nature continues to grow and reach the highest heights.”

Twin Oaks Community Services will offer over 90 behavioral health programs for vulnerable adults, children and families in nine counties throughout New Jersey. Programs will include group homes, in-home services, case management, day treatment, foster care and adoption support, outpatient and partial care services, crisis stabilization services and special needs supportive housing.