Annual Report

Dr. Anthony DiFabio
President & CEO

Dear Friends and Family,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our dedicated staff, I would like to thank you for your commitment to Acenda. Together, we are continuing to make a lasting impact in the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout New Jersey.

Acenda is also taking great strides in enhancing community collaborations to improve the lives and communities throughout New Jersey. Through a premier partnership with Rowan College of South Jersey, we will be able to support mental health and wellness for students and employees by giving them direct access to comprehensive counseling services as well as resources necessary to help them navigate their lives in a healthy way. The premier partnership benefits the state as a whole as there is a priority on building the workforce needed to support the increased mental health needs in our communities. There will be a direct connection employment program which creates a pathway to explore the numerous employment opportunities at our organization. Not only will this partnership ensure access to vital services, but we will be building the behavioral health workforce of the future.

In an effort to make New Jersey a healthier, more equitable state, Acenda participated in a highly competitive grant process and was awarded $1 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to serve as the incubator organization to launch the state’s first public health institute. This two-year grant will serve as the administrative, operational, and strategic home for the development of New Jersey’s Public Health Institute, joining 33 other states who are served by a public health institute, but the first to have advancing health equity as a founding priority.

At the heart of Acenda, providing quality care is our number one priority. In 2022, 16,180 infants, children, youth, adults, and families received top-quality care through our over 120 innovative programs, delivered by mission-driven, compassionate team members.
-Dr. Anthony DiFabio, President & CEO

Where We Serve

Committed to providing advanced treatments and personalized care to children, teens, adults, families, and the community at large throughout all of New Jersey.

Individuals and families served in 2022
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Out of State 276 1.71%
Unknown 371 2.29%
2022 Program Impact Highlights


individuals and families served in 2022...

through 120+ innovative programs for children, adults and families with a focus on positive and proactive care.


of Client Satisfaction surveys rated 4+ out of 5...

surveys were collected to provide feedback from clients receiving services; additionally, over 85% of clients responded with a rating of 4+ that they were likely to refer a friend.


of youth in the Steps Towards Independence program with employment goals demonstrated improved job readiness skills...

additionally, 100% of youth with educational goals worked towards attaining a High School diploma, GED, or post-secondary education and 100% of youth were discharged into stable housing.


youth received support through School Based Youth Services...

including Life Coaching to guide students in accomplishing their personal goals including improving health, boosting grades, saving money, career prep, and drug-free education as well as informal supportive counseling for individuals and families.


of Keeping Families Together clients connected to stable housing...

140 families served; KFT provides short and long-term supportive housing, therapy, and case-management for families facing homelessness; additionally, 100% of Caregivers had access to services in their individualized plans during their involvement with KFT.


youth and young adults received immediate response through Children’s Mobile Response...

and were provided with ongoing support for escalating emotional or behavioral issues both in the home and via telehealth; In March 2022, 341 total youth were seen–the highest volume in any one month in the history of the program.


active clients served through the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic...

including 205 admissions and 237 discharges; clients receive individualized care and wrap around services to support their unique mental health needs and substance misuse.


families referred to Acenda’s Maternal Health home visiting programs...

and were connected to community resources needed to raise healthy children through Connecting NJ; Nurse Family Partnership provided care for 210 expectant mothers to empower the family to raise happy, healthy babies; 104 families received in-home support with health and parenting education and supportive services through our Parents as Teachers program; and Healthy Families served 224 and completed 4,716 home visits to provide in-home education and supportive services.


individuals and families participated in the Family Success Centers...

through their one-stop shop community-based program, including educational workshops, connections to resources, family activities, and overall support.
Client Testimonials

Through our three divisions of care: Prevention, Children and Families, and Integrated Health, we provide support that is integrated, collaborative, and efficient to ensure we are meeting the needs of our communities and providing the vital services to support and strengthen the lives of the individuals and families living there.


In an effort to reduce and prevent the cycle of abuse and build happy, bright futures for at-risk children and families, our teams provide education to new parents to help guide them to raise healthy babies, host community-based workshops and activities designed to give families a place to build invaluable skills to help them become more self-sufficient and provide one on one support to youth who are transitioning into adulthood so that they are set up for success.

  • I am the first in my family to ever graduate from high school. Now I have graduated from Rowan with a four-year degree! I never even imagined this was possible until I got involved with the PACES (Pathways to Acedemic Career Exploration to Success) program.

  • If it wasn’t for my nurse in the Nurse Family Partnership program, I don’t know that me or my baby would be here today. She went above and beyond when I was showing signs of a medical emergency and made sure I received the care needed to save me and my baby. My baby has now been home for three months and is thriving.

  • I first visited the Oceanside FSC (Family Success Center) to get help with renewing my license and getting a job at the local casino. The staff helped me to update my resume and complete several online applications. They also taught me to advocate for myself through the renewal process and eventually I was successful in obtaining employment. I credit the Oceanside II FSC staff for this life-changing accomplishment.

Child and Family Services

Designed to strengthen the family unit, our staff work alongside them to foster healthy relationships and improve family functioning through support, counseling, and advocacy.

  • The staff of KFT (Keeping Families Together) has helped my family and I for the last 7 years. As a result of working with this program, we were able to move into long term stable housing. I appreciate all the help and the staff is excellent.

  • I really enjoyed working with FPS (Family Preservation Services). My counselor helped our family create goals and provided tools to help us achieve them. Our DCPP case closed early due to the great progress we made with the support of this program.

  • Shortly after starting services with Acenda, I went to a domestic violence shelter with my daughter. With the support of the KFT program, I obtained my high school diploma and became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and am on my way to becoming a Certified Drug and Alcohol counselor. I am grateful for the support and motivation of my KFT counselor.

Integrated Health

By providing clients with essential mental health and substance misuse treatments and support using a holistic approach, individuals are receiving all the resources necessary to improve their overall quality of life.

  • I went through foreclosure on my condominium and had many financial stressors. PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) has helped me so much with things I would never have been able to do on my own and helped me get a fresh start, in a new apartment with new furnishings.

  • I have gained so much knowledge from Connect to Home, and it has made me more independent. I feel confident about achieving the goals I set for myself. I know who I can contact if I am ever in a situation. I appreciate all the support, knowledge, and information I have gained from this program. I am proud to say I passed my state exam and am now a certified Universal HVAC Technician.

  • My husband and I along with our two children were able to find stable housing and I became employed within two months of enrolling in the RISE program. Not only that, but I was also able to achieve 90% of my goals and am on a path to complete all of my goals with the support of this program.

Impact on Community

In 2022, Acenda was awarded to lead the Regional ACEs Collaboration South (RAC) by the State of New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families Office of Resilience to combat the effects of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)…

Through this collaborative, community groups and individuals can apply for a microgrant, funded by the State, to address issues facing their communities as a result of ACEs. Once selected, the winning applicants receive guidance and technical assistance through the RAC to implement their initiative. In the first round, Acenda received 80 applications and awarded 6 microgrants in the southern region, totaling $677,122.00 in funding.


Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) launched in Gloucester and Cape May County in the Fall of 2022. These Mental Health Urgent Care facilities, which are co-located with the agency’s Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services and other acute care programs, serve as an alternative to the emergency room…

and uses a holistic approach to mental health care. EISS ensures consumers who are in crisis have access to appropriate psychiatric care 27/4 and are provided with interventions and a range of services and linages immediately along with referral to long-term care if appropriate.


The Acenda Institute for Health Innovation (AIHI) hosted a variety of hybrid events and webinars in 2022 to ignite ideas and accelerate sector innovation for some of the most pressing public health issues affecting our communities today.…

including gun violence, the opioid epidemic and maternal-child health. These events featured guest panelists and speakers from all over the state and country to not only talk about the issues but to discuss efforts being made to combat them and problem solve in real time with attendees to come up with solutions and next steps.

Giving Back

Acenda provides many opportunities for the community at large to get involved. From attending or sponsoring our Annual Gala and Golf Classic to participating in our Backpack Drive or Spirit of the Holidays initiatives, there are many ways that individuals, organizations, and businesses can move lives forward.

school aged youth received backpacks and supplies during our annual Backpack Drive.

infants, children and teens received gifts through our annual Spirit of the Holidays event


Statements of Financial Position

By providing clients with essential mental health and substance misuse treatments and support using a holistic approach, individuals are receiving all the resources necessary to improve their overall quality of life.


Cash and Cash Equivalents 15,055,181 13,360,619
Investments 4,252,813 4,552,182
Receivables 5,862,308 6,179,278
Prepaid Expenses 775,663 907,979
Property and Equipment 17,037,576 17,822,140
Other Assets 2,736,994 261,374
TOTAL ASSETS 45,720,535 43,083,572

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

Accounts Payables 4,722,312 4,507,656
Refundable Advances 9,864,343 8,984,676
Accrued Expenses 1,157,743 1,032,467
Other Liabilities 3,761,308 593,640
Mortgages & Notes Payable 6,911,101 6,875,521
TOTAL LIABILITIES 26,416,807 21,993,960
TOTAL NET ASSETS 19,303,728 21,089,612

2022 Revenues

Service Contracts 38,097,237 81%
Service Fees 7,085,376 15.1%
Contributions 911,075 1.9%
Special Events (net) 140,622 0.3%
Investment Income 23,463 0.0%
Miscellaneous Income 816,510 1.7%
TOTAL 47,074,283 100.0%

2022 Expenditures

Personnel 34,541,667 71.2%
Professional Fees 2,644,043 5.4%
Materials & Supplies 2,194,860 4.5%
Facility Costs 5,141,889 10.6%
Specific Assistance to Clients 707,279 1.5%
Travel, Communications & Other 3,318,908 6.8%
TOTAL 48,548,646 100%