New clinician, Jeff Stone, LCSW joins Pingora Behavioral Health Clinic
Pingora Behavioral Health Clinic, operated by Volunteers of America (VOA), is committed to providing patients the opportunity to live a sober, productive, and balanced life. That’s where Jeff comes in.
Jeff Stone and his wife, Lisa, recently relocated to Wyoming all the way from New York. With him, Jeff brings nearly 3 decades of in-field experience. For a good nine years, Jeff treated patients affected by mental illness. He then transferred to substance abuse treatment for the last 20 years, 7 of which were with VOA in NY.
Jeff graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York in 1998. Adelphi’s School of Social Work is one of the Best Graduate Schools in U.S. News & World Report‘s rankings.
USA Today College published “The top 10 U.S. colleges for a major in social work.” Adelphi ranked sixth in the nation out of 513 accredited Bachelor in Social Work programs. This list was based on student outcomes and ability to find a job.
“We’re anxious for Jeff to get integrated,” explained Sage Weber, RN Case Manager. “Jeff’s skill sets are a great compliment to our program. His experience in mental illness and substance abuse treatment make him a well-rounded clinician, suitable for the needs of Fremont County.”
When presented with the opportunity to transfer to Fremont County, Jeff and his wife welcomed the change. And a change it has been. Jeff explained the unique cultural differences between New York and Fremont County, Wyoming. Despite the addiction, the mission is always the same.
“For Pingora and VOA, the mission to help people is real.”
“It’s really what they’re about. Our treatment is people-focused for sure,” Jeff continued. As a social worker, Jeff’s key role is to identify the roadmap for each patient, then enable them to succeed in whatever way possible.
Pingora’s intensive treatment plan encompasses the comprehensive opioid response with the twelve steps (COR-12) program, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and a full range of counseling to increase the success of the journey through this program.
They also provide:
- case management
- family/friend counseling
- group therapy
- and other services to provide a holistic approach to recovery.
Well-rounded services support patients in full, long-term recovery and an increased quality of life. Jeff will be a significant agent in executing Pingora’s treatment plan.
Jeff is anxious to begin building relationships with the various agencies in the area to best serve his patients. In just 4 short weeks, he’s already felt the synergy among the Pingora team, including the coordination with the group’s Peer Specialist.
“I’m where I need to be and where I want to be, personally and professionally.”
Pingora Behavioral Health Clinic is located at 625 E Madison ST, Ste. 1 in Riverton, Wyoming. The offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each Monday through Friday and can be reached by phone at 307.463.0337or email at Pingora@voanr.org.