SafetyCare Names Director of Wellness

Charles L. Nechtem brings two decades of experience in behavioral health consulting to central monitoring firm


HACKENSACK, N.J. – SafetyCare has named Charles L. Nechtem, Ph.D, as the company’s Director of Wellness.

“Dr. Nechtem has an impeccable reputation in the behavioral health field, with more than four million people nationwide now supported under his care and management,” said Glenn Fischer, president and CEO, SafetyCare. “His experience in behavioral health consulting and management will ensure SafetyCare provides its members with unparalleled service in such critical areas as intervention and problem resolution.”

Dr. Nechtem is the founder of Charles Nechtem Associates, Inc., a privately held corporation based in Newark, N.J. He established his firm in 1981 to provide employee assistance programs to corporations and institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Charles Nechtem Associates, Inc. has contracts with corporations and institutions providing employee assistance and managed mental health services to more than two million employees and their families. Over two decades, the agency has established a reputation for providing the highest level of professional expertise and performance in the employee assistance and managed behavioral health fields.

In addition to Charles Nechtem Associates, Inc., Dr. Nechtem founded Oasis Behavioral Health Care, which provides behavioral carve-out programs and Oasis Health Care, Inc., a medical insurance company for self-insured organizations. Dr. Nechtem also founded Pre-paid Quality Counseling Services, Inc., a national leader of affordable solutions for psychological counseling and low-cost therapy for the uninsured.

“For more than two decades, Dr. Nechtem has cared for the needs of families,” said Peter P. Giacalone, executive vice president, SafetyCare. “He has worked with museums to Fortune 500 companies, from churches to health care institutions. Companies have relied on him to maintain a healthy, reliable and productive workforce. He has responded to needs with integrated programs of counseling, executive coaching, dependent care information and referral and managed behavioral health services. Dr. Nechtem is a great addition to the SafetyCare team.”

Dr. Nechtem completed his undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA and his graduate degree at Teachers College, which is part of Columbia University in New York. He has served as a psychologist at three New York hospitals, including, St. John’s Hospital, the Hospital for Joint Disease and Beth Israel Medical Center. He has founded and now sits on the boards of several prominent wellness organizations.

Dr. Nechtem, who envisions pathways to better people’s lives through his affiliation with SafetyCare, demonstrated such interests early in his career through volunteer work. He was a former coach of women’s volleyball and track and field at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. He is also author of Hunter at Penn Station, a book of poetry and photographs, as well as a Newark Museum trustee and finance committee member.

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