Mental Health Association in Passaic

Clifton, NJ   |  www.mhapassaic.org

Mission

The mission of the Mental Health Association in Passaic County is to serve children, adults and families affected by mental illness through support services, education, and advocacy. We are dedicated to increasing public awareness and understanding of mental health issues and enhancing mental health services in Passaic County.

The geographic area that we serve is primarily Passaic County, New Jersey.

Ruling year info

1987

Principal Officer

Rebekah Leon

Main address

404 Clifton Avenue

Clifton, NJ 07011 USA

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EIN

22-2668712

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

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Intensive Family Support Service

At the Mental Health Association in Passaic County, we recognize that caring for a family member with a serious mental illness can be stressful and lonely. Our program provides the support, education and advocacy needed to cope effectively and help the mentally ill adult relative. We provide a variety of services such as individual consultation, telephone support, support groups education workshops, respite, information and advocacy.

Individual consultations are provided as often and as long as the clients need them. Caregivers learn about mental illness and the mental health system and how to care for themselves while caring for their relative.

The Family Circle Support Group is a self-help group for family members who are caring for an adult with a mental illness. The group meets twice a month in a professional and peer-facilitated environment.

Monthly educational workshops are held where speakers address mental health topic such as law, mental health and social services. In 2007 topics included social security Benefits, Psychiatric Medications, Estate Planning, Caring for the caregiver, navigating the Mental Health System and Residential Services.

Respite is a non-emergency service for the family member to give relief from the responsibilities of care giving. It is provided either in the client’s home or during scheduled community outings.

We also have a lending library of books, directories, brochures, audio materials and videos on various mental illness and treatments. All services are provided in English and Spanish and are free.







Population(s) Served

Parents with mental illness face the same challenges that all parents face; housing, employment, money management, transportation, childcare and more. Parents with mental illness encounter the additional challenges of medication, hospitalization, the fear of loss of custody of their children and the isolation created by the stigma of mental illness. The consumer Parent Support Network recognizes the importance of the relationship between parents and their children. The purpose of the program is to support parents with a diagnosis of a mental illness in their parenting efforts and to promote the healthy functioning of their families. Our Parent Advocates are both parents and consumers. They help negotiate the challenges of parenting by acting as a mentor, sounding board and source of encouragement.

Consumer Parents Spanish support Group is a professionally facilitated peer support group for adult Passaic County parents or caregivers who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Population(s) Served

The Community Outreach Advocates offer the benefits of their life experience. They are trained, supervised employees that have had similar experiences as consumers of mental health services. They offer mentoring, advocacy and linkage to other services. Most importantly, they offer support and help on an individual basis. The goal of the program is to promote independence by linking consumers to existing mental health, medical, housing, employment, and self-help groups in the community. Support is also provided in teaching and modeling activities of daily living skills and social support.

Population(s) Served

Double Trouble in Recovery (DTR) is a twelve-step fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others recover from their particular addiction(s) and mental disorder(s). It is designed to meet the needs of the dually diagnosed and is clearly for those having addictive substance problems as well as having been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

Population(s) Served

New Jersey ranks fifth among Arab –American population centers. Passaic County is home to a growing population of Arab-Americans estimated at approximately 20,000. Mental illness is often stigmatized in Arab-American communities and there is a reluctance to seek help from a mental health professional, particularly if the professional does not speak Arabic or understand the culture. In 2006, as a result of the Arab-American Community Services Partnership, MHAPC received funding to hire a full time Arabic speaking mental health clinician. In addition the clinician provides training to other mental health providers to increase their knowledge of Arab-American culture.

Population(s) Served

Passaic County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Task Force For the past 6 years, the Mental Health Association in Passaic County has spearheaded a task force of police officers and mental health professionals with the goal of bringing CIT to every municipal police department in Passaic County. So far, we have trained over 200 law enforcement officers in this nationally recognized best practice model of police based crisis intervention built upon partnerships between the mental health system, law enforcement community and consumer and family advocates.

Population(s) Served

) MHAPC started the Passaic County DBSA Chapter, which is an adult self-help group for individuals who have been diagnosed with a mood disorder.

Population(s) Served

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Program provides court ordered mental health monitoring, intensive case management and assistance to mental health consumers who have been resistant to and have had difficulty engaging in outpatient treatment. The goal of IOC is to assist consumers to live safely in the community, to avoid repeated inpatient hospitalizations, and or incarcerations, and to ensure they have access to comprehensive outpatient services. Through a court ordered treatment plan, consumers have the opportunity to better engage in consistent ongoing treatment and to ultimately graduate to less restrictive mental health services.

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Mental Health Association in Passaic

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as of 12/23/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization