New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome.
New program offers comprehensive services for NJ children and adults with TS.
The Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey’s (TSANJ) mission is to support the needs of families with TS, to advocate for individuals with TS, and educate the public and professionals on TS. A new initiative supporting their efforts is the creation of a model program called The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS).
Made possible with funding provided by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, the NJCTS is a unique partnership among TSANJ, Rutgers University and the NJ teaching hospitals.
The model interdisciplinary and cross-institutional program is the only one of its kind in the nation dedicated to providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment, research, education and training in Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders. It provides much-needed resources for people with TS and their families.
Providing operational oversight to the Center is Psychiatrist, Dr. Cathy L. Budman, an internationally recognized expert in Tourette Syndrome. Budman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at New York School of Medicine Department of Psychology, serves as a member of the National Tourette Syndrome Association medical advisory board and is on the steering committee of the International Tic Consortium.
The Center is also taking an active role in research. In cooperation with Dr. Jay Tischfield, world renowned geneticist, and director of the National Institutes for Mental Health Cell and DNA Repository at Rutgers University, a new DNA sharing resource has been formed, making available genetic samples to researchers looking into the cause and cure for TS.
Services offered by the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome include:
- Medical diagnosis and treatment
- Medication management
- Psychological services
- Coordinated patient care among partner and community organizations throughout the state
- Education and training at New Jersey medical schools and the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology to develop a new generation of professionals knowledgeable about TS and associated disorders
- Ongoing education and training for practicing physicians, educators and allied professionals
- Research into the causes and effective treatment of TS and associated disorders
To reach the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey, Inc., and info about the Center call 877 NJTS INFO, visit www.tsanj.org or write: TSANJ, 50 Division Street, Suite 205, Somerville, NJ 08876