Silbert Gift Expands Behavioral Health Services as Mental Health Cases Soar Amid Pandemic

sibert_family_web.jpgFamiliar with the pain that mental health, alcohol, and drug-related issues can have on a family, Ken and Carol Silbert recently gave $250,000 to Atlantic Behavioral Health at Morristown Medical Center. Their gift seeded the hire of a peer recovery specialist. Additionally, it increased the hours of a psychiatric advance practice nurse (APN). Both positions work closely with patients to maintain and prevent relapse issues.

This generous gesture gave the Warren Township couple a chance to heal from their experiences with their daughter, Hayley Silbert, now 21, who developed anorexia in seventh grade, and their son Jordan, now 24, who also developed anorexia and an addiction to alcohol and drugs while in high school. At the same time, it helps others in the community who face similar challenges, especially during the global pandemic as struggles with these issues are on the rise.
 
The Silberts spent many hours in counseling, gaining insight and advice through support groups and receiving expert medical intervention. Now on the other side of their crisis, paying it forward is vital to them.
 
“We found out along the way that the cost of getting help is a huge problem,” Ken Silbert said. “We were lucky to have the resources to help our son and daughter. My son alone was an out-of-pocket expense of $400,000. We were looking for ways to help others facing similar problems and my good friend, Glenn Yarnis, a member of the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, introduced me to behavioral health needs at Morristown Medical Center. We realized it was a perfect fit for us.”
 
Carol Silbert hopes their involvement with Morristown Medical Center brings relief to other parents going through similar circumstances with their children, knowing how hard it is to discuss painful struggles, especially when it involves your children.
 
“The reason my husband and I are so candid about our story is that many people feel embarrassed to talk about these things,” Carol Silbert said. “The more people that come out and say ‘me too’ – it helps. Not everything is rosy in this life. Everyone has hard times. As much as we want a perfect life, it is never that way. We’ve learned how to become resilient because of it; we are all stronger now, and we are glad we are in a position to help.”
 
The support the family received made a positive impact, and they are grateful that today their children are thriving. Their son Jordan Silbert is set to graduate next spring from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in business and marketing. Hayley Silbert is in her junior year, pursuing a B.S. in communications at Ohio State University.

In its fourth year, Atlantic Behavioral Health at Morristown Medical Center uses advanced methodologies in detecting substance abuse. Patients are assessed by a psychiatric APN who determines the extent and severity of a patient’s drug and alcohol problem, treats withdrawal, and offers psychotherapy and care coordination upon discharge as part of the program’s multidisciplinary approach. The program provides consultation to all medical and surgical floors, the Sameth Emergency Department, and Goryeb Children’s Hospital for children ages 12 and up.

If you would like to learn more about giving to behavioral health, please contact Susan Johns, major gifts officer, at 973-593-2413 or email f4mmc@atlantichealth.org. You can also donate now

Pictured above (LtoR): Hayley, Carol, Jordan, and Ken Silbert at the Rockefeller Christmas tree in December 2019, a holiday family tradition that began when Jordan was a toddler.

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