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A Place to Call Home

‘A Place to Call Home’, Recovery-Focused Independent Transitional Living was created to facilitate safe, supportive and sober housing for expectant and postpartum women who have struggled with substance abuse and are in early recovery and their children. The recovery-focused program provides parenting support, vocational counseling, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and connections to community resources for up to 10 women at a time.

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Adolescent Mentoring

The Adolescent Mentoring program links adolescents and young adults that are involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency or Childrens System of Care with mentors who will serve as a positive role model and engage the adolescent in positive activities. The goal of this program is to form lifelong friendships between the youth and their mentor through bi-weekly contacts over the course of at least one year.  

Counties served:

Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Adult Counseling & Therapy Services

At Acenda, we understand the unique challenges of the modern world. It can be tough balancing family, friends, work, and your physical and mental health coupled with financial pressures. By looking at your psychological and social needs, we are able to quickly assess and develop a customized support plan to get you back to feeling great. Our therapists provide essential mental health services, including adult counseling, tele-psychiatry, and family-focused therapy to improve your overall well-being. Our caring and nurturing clinicians utilize evidence-based therapy treatments to guide each client as they navigate their personal path to success. Individual and Group Adult Counseling Whether you need help overcoming a sudden loss or are having difficulty with longer-term challenges, our therapists will develop a plan to address these issues in a timely and positive manner. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBT is a practical short-term approach to changing negative thinking and behavior patterns which cause stress and anxiety. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) DBT is designed to help change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, including self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and substance use. It has been called the “gold standard” for treating non-helpful and harmful behaviors in adolescents and adults. Pre and Post Adoption Support Groups Skilled therapists trained in the unique needs of foster, adoptive, and birth families work to ease all stages of the adoption process. Parent Management Training Negative behaviors in the home can have long-term effects for both parents and teenagers/pre-teens. This evidenced based therapy helps families learn successful ways of interacting. Pre and Post Bariatric Support Includes pre surgical evaluations and post-surgery support and counseling. Telehealth Services Together, we are facing truly unprecedented circumstances. COVID-19 is affecting our families, our communities, and our way of life. Our top priority is providing additional care for those experiencing stress and anxiety due to these extraordinary circumstances. Acenda is now accepting new clients for counseling services via telehealth—a remote phone or online therapy & counseling solution. Click here to learn more about our expanded Telehealth Services. Counseling & Wellness Center Locations Glassboro Egg Harbor Township Woodbury How are you feeling? Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Click here to take a self-assessment

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Adult Partial Care

Adult Partial Care is a full-day service that provides individualized care for people with serious and persistent mental illness. Our goal is to treat individuals challenged by mental illness with compassion, concern and therapies that can help maximize their quality of life and empower them. Working together, our caring, experienced team of psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, case managers and technicians provide individual care for a wide range of disorders such as, schizophrenia, bi-polar, serious depression and co-existing addictions. Our Adult Partial Care program offers the best possible care in a supportive environment through therapeutic approaches and activities specially designed for individuals with mental illness. We’ll work with you and your loved ones over the course of treatment to help you achieve your personal goals. Our board-certified psychiatrists will meet with you to talk about your psychiatric concerns and make recommendations for designing a treatment plan that meets your needs. We’ll also provide case management services that can help you access important benefits to which you may be entitled. Free transportation and lunch are provided by the program.

Counties served:

Cape May, Gloucester

Atlantic County Council for Young Children

Atlantic County Council for Young Children provides parents, caregivers, and community members with an opportunity to improve the Health and Education outcomes for children from birth through 8 years of age. Atlantic CCYC educates families through workshops and trainings specific to their needs. Parent leadership opportunities and initiatives are community driven. The Council meets regularly throughout Atlantic County in Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton and Pleasantville to identify challenges and concerns. Families can enroll by contacting the Atlantic CCYC Project Coordinator.

Counties served:

Atlantic

Bridge Program

The Bridge Program identifies, assesses and develops plans to address the needs of the Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) population incarcerated for non-violent offenses. Through the Bridge program, this population is given the option of receiving mental health and non-mental health services when released into the community. Program staff works in collaboration with the Gloucester County Jail staff and Community Providers to create a seamless transition from the jail to the community. Transition planning is critical to the success of the client after release. During the period of incarceration, program staff develops a pre-release plan that outlines the client’s resource needs. Coordination of identified services begins prior to release to ensure that the client’s immediate needs are addressed upon release. Case management services continue in the community with contact occurring in the client’s residence. Psychotropic medications are provided without cost to the client until benefits are in place. The case manager assures that all required followup is completed and that all necessary services are in place. Clients are monitored in the community for approximately 3 to 6 months. Client support is then maintained by community providers where the consumer has accepted services. Services are client driven and focus on the strengths and needs of the individual. Participation is voluntary and involves learning skills that will promote the client's ability to manage the illness and make responsible choices in all areas of life.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Cape Community Home

Cape Community Home is a transitional residential program for clients with chronic mental illness who have been discharged from Ancora Psychiatric Hospital. The primary objective of program is to assist clients in the development of their skills for successful transition back into the community.

Counties served:

Cape May

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)

EXPANDING CARE TO THOSE IN NEED Acenda's Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, or CCBHC, provides individualized care and wrap around services to support the unique needs of each client across the mental health and substance use disorder spectrum. Utilizing evidence-based practices, a team of mental health clinicians, substance & recovery staff, nurses, and psychiatrists integrate behavioral health with physical health care services. Acenda's CCBHC provides screening, assessment, diagnosis, and linkage to community services for all behavioral health conditions. The continuum of care includes individual and group therapy as well as case management, medication monitoring, crisis response, and peer support services. Who is eligible? Adults, children and adolescents who have ongoing or severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. What is the referral process? Individuals can contact Acenda through the Access Center to determine their eligibility for CCBHC services. Local emergency room and hospital personnel can refer discharged patients to our CCBHC. Crisis Screening and Mobile Response services can also refer clients.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Child & Teen Counseling & Therapy Services

We want to ensure all children and teens can learn, grow, and develop to realize their fullest potential. Childhood and adolescence can be a difficult time that is often intensified by social and familial complexities. Our clinical staff help youth navigate life’s challenges by teaching coping skills, building self-confidence, and managing emotions. Individual & Group Youth Counseling Our highly skilled therapists provide individual and group counseling sessions to help children and teens cope with challenges in their lives. Clinicians help teach self-confidence and social skills, manage anger and emotions, and develop other essential life skills. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) PCIT is a fun, interactive therapy for children ages 2 to 8 and their parents. We help parents learn effective ways to get a child’s undesirable behaviors to stop. Undesirable behaviors exhibited by children include disruptiveness, acting out at school or home, failure to pay attention or follow simple directions, and having frequent temper tantrums. Autism Spectrum Disorder Groups Acenda offers social skills groups which teach appropriate social interaction. Five different social skills groups are available based on a child or adolescent’s age and needs. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) DBT is designed to help change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and substance use. It has been called the “gold standard” for treating non-helpful and harmful behaviors in teens and adults. Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) TF-CBT is an evidenced based treatment for children and adolescents who have been impacted by trauma. Pre and Post Adoption Support Skilled therapists trained in the unique needs of foster, adoptive, and birth families work to ease all stages of the adoption process. Telehealth Services Together, we are facing truly unprecedented circumstances. COVID-19 is affecting our families, our communities, and our way of life. Our top priority is providing additional care for those experiencing stress and anxiety due to these extraordinary circumstances. Acenda is now accepting new clients for counseling services via telehealth—a remote phone or online therapy & counseling solution. Click here to learn more about our expanded Telehealth Services. Counseling & Wellness Center Locations Glassboro Egg Harbor Township Woodbury How are you feeling? Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Click here to take a self-assessment

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Children Residential Cape Community Home

Children Residential Cape Community Home is a psychiatric community residence for youth licensed by the Department of Children and Families. Cape Community Home serves clients, both male and female, from ages 11 - 17, who have serious mental illnesses and have been determined to need comprehensive residential care to ameliorate symptoms and behaviors associated with their diagnosis. Collaboration within the child's support system, including family, DCP&P and CMO members, addresses other social and environmental which influence the child's well-being and ultimate goal of being discharged from residential care into other appropriate settings or with family. Referrals are generated from the CMO and in-patient hospitals. Cape Community Home provides a strength-based, goal oriented approach to helping youth meet their needs.

Counties served:

Cape May

Cognitive Life Skills

The Cognitive Life Skills program provides youth who are currently on Gloucester County Juvenile Probation with weekly group sessions that focus on life skills training and leadership and trust building. The program provides a safe and supportive environment for youth to talk and learn about real life situations in an interactive way.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Connect to Home

Connect to Home provides permanent supportive housing for youth and/or parenting youth ages 18 to 21 who are at risk of homelessness and are currently or were previously involved with the Division of Child Protection & Permanency. Staff provide youth with support services to enhance life skills, education, employment, community supports, and stability.

Counties served:

Burlington

Connect to Well-Being

The Connect to Family and Connect to Well-Being program seeks to achieve permanency, social connections, and emotional well-being for youth. Acenda staff will work to establish permanency by creating stable adult relationships, plans for the future, and maintaining contact with meaningful and committed individuals in the youths’ lives.

Counties served:

Burlington

Connect Two

The Connect Two program provides in-home counseling to children and their families who are involved with or at risk of being involved with the Juvenile Justice System. Therapists work with the youth and their families to help the youth set positive goals, improve family functioning and well-being, and provide appropriate linkages with community resources.

Counties served:

Cumberland, Salem

Creative Visitation

Creative Visitation provides supervised visits between children in foster care and their parents, relatives, and siblings with the goals of promoting permanency, maintaining the family-child bond, and improving parent-child interactions. Visit coaches help parents appropriately identify and meet their child’s needs during visits, and work to teach, model, and coach parents on appropriate and effective parenting skills.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Employee Assistance Services

A passionate focus on providing you with the best quality care possible to improve your workplace performance. At Acenda, we understand the unique needs of today’s workforce, as employees work to juggle a host of workplace, home, social, health, behavioral, and/or financial pressures. Our standard is to quickly assess a situation, provide proper supports and get you back to functioning at your highest level. With a single phone call or in person meeting, we can provide you with the support and assistance you need.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Expectant and Parenting Youth

Our Expectant and Parenting Youth program supports expectant and/or parenting youth who are currently involved with the DCP&P and are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The program is modeled after our Life Link Homes, and will allow youth to secure stable housing with voluntary supportive services and life skills training.

Counties served:

Camden

FamCare

Through our affiliate partnership with FamCare, Acenda clients now have seamless access to comprehensive family planning and reproductive healthcare services.

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Family Connections

The Family Connections program provides intensive in-home therapy, skill building, family resource education, and assistance to families involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency who have children under the age of 17. Using a team approach of a therapist and counselor, families work towards the goal of stability and improvement of their family functioning and well-being.

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester

Family Counseling & Therapy

Acenda staff work with parents to enhance their parenting skills and offer them community resources to ensure that their children are receiving the necessary care to grow and develop. Our supportive staff work to promote positive parenting, child wellbeing, and strong family bonds. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) PCIT is a fun, interactive therapy for children ages 2 to 8 and their parents. We help parents learn effective ways to get a child’s undesirable behaviors to stop. Undesirable behaviors exhibited by children include disruptiveness, acting out at school or home, failure to pay attention or follow simple directions, and having frequent temper tantrums. Parent Management Training Negative behaviors in the home can have long-term effects for both parents and teenagers/pre-teens. This evidenced based therapy helps families learn successful ways of interacting. Pre and Post Adoption Support Skilled therapists trained in the unique needs of foster, adoptive, and birth families work to ease all stages of the adoption process. Telehealth Services Together, we are facing truly unprecedented circumstances. COVID-19 is affecting our families, our communities, and our way of life. Our top priority is providing additional care for those experiencing stress and anxiety due to these extraordinary circumstances. Acenda is now accepting new clients for counseling services via telehealth—a remote phone or online therapy & counseling solution. Click here to learn more about our expanded Telehealth Services. Counseling & Wellness Center Locations Glassboro Egg Harbor Township Woodbury

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Family Court Counseling

The Family Counseling Program provides short-term family counseling for at-risk youth referred by Children’s Mobile Response, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), and other agencies. The program is designed to address the needs of children and their families related to one or more of the following areas: family conflict, truancy, threats of running away, safety concerns and issues related to past or future legal involvement. The program works to stabilize the child and family and support positive behavioral change in the context of outpatient family therapy.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Family Outreach

The Family Outreach program provides in-home family and individual therapy, support, and advocacy to children and their families, with the goal of improving family functioning and well-being. Staff work with families to teach positive conflict resolution and problem solving, coping, behavior management for children, feelings expression, and self-empowerment, as well as link families and offer advocacy as needed to community resources.

Counties served:

Gloucester, Salem

Family Outreach II

The Family Outreach II program provides in-home counseling, skill building, life skills training, resource education, and assistance for families and children, with the goal of improving family functioning and well-being.

Counties served:

Salem

Family Preservation Services

Family Preservation Services provides intensive in-home crisis intervention and family education for families at imminent risk of abuse/neglect or out of home placement or recently reunified with goals to ensure child safety, well-being, and permanency. Staff works with families to ensure child safety, create stability, prevent out-of-home placement, improve family functioning, and link families with appropriate community resources.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Cape May, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem

Family Success Centers

Family Success Centers are community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering places where community residents go for family support, interactive workshops, activities, and groups. Family Success Centers are beautiful spaces designed to bring the community together to build relationships, strengthen the community and the families in it. They are places where residents and volunteers share their time and talent to build community capacity and enrich the lives of community members, and make families and neighborhoods stronger. A variety of family friendly events take place each month. We offer fun and educational workshops and activities, connection to resources, and volunteer opportunities. All services are free and open to all families in the community. LOCATIONS Bird’s Eye FSC 364 S Broadway Pennsville, NJ 08070 (856) 517-9100 www.birdseyefsc.org Connections 350 Blackwood-Clementon Road Pine Hill, NJ 08021 250 West Branch Avenue Pine Hill, NJ 08021 (856) 562-5927 www.connectionsnj.org Mosaic FSC 110 E. High Street Glassboro, NJ 08028 (856) 347-4338 www.mosaicfsc.org Oceanside I FSC 201 Melrose Avenue, Unit 3 Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 236-8800 www.oceanside1fsc.org Oceanside II FSC 3201 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 594-4990 www.oceanside2fsc.org Orchards FSC 416 Sicklerville Road, Unit A-2 Sicklerville, NJ 08081 (856) 513-8829 www.orchardsfsc.org Oasis FSC 175 Gunning River Road, Building C Barnegat, NJ 08005 (609) 994-0200 Ext 651 www.oasisfsc.org Riverview FSC 157 W. Main Street Penns Grove, NJ 08069 (856) 517-0029 www.riverviewfsc.org Shore FSC 1046 B Route 47 Rio Grande, NJ 08242 (609) 778-6226 www.shorefamilysuccess.org

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Ocean, Salem

Family Ties

Family Ties provides supervised and progressive visitation for children in foster care and their parents. Visit coaches guide parents in meeting their children’s needs during weekly visits, with the goal of achieving reunification and permanency within 12 months. Therapists work with select parents and families to address needs related to their child’s permanency.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Fostering Independence

The Fostering Independence Program provides life skills instruction and case management to youth who are aging out of foster care and involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The program provides case management and advocacy and assists adolescents and young adults during their transition from foster care to independent living. This is an open purchase program and requires a SAR (Special Approval Request) through the DCP&P.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Fresh Start Program

The Fresh Start Program is an innovative service dedicated to the treatment of individuals with both chronic mental illness and chronic addictions. It is a full day program of individually tailored care. Services are provided to clients who are 18 years-of-age or older and reside primarily in Gloucester County. Out-of-county residents can be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. We provide comprehensive, non-residential, structured therapeutic programming, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:30am and 3:30pm. Our team of psychiatrists (specializing in addictions), and therapists experienced in both mental health and addictions will provide you personal care in your recovery. The program is designed to deliver the very best in current mental health and addictions practices. Our number one goal is to support you on the road to recovery and encourage you every step of the way. We will work with you and your support system over the course of treatment to help you achieve your goals. You will have an opportunity to consult with our doctors and your personal therapist about your concerns. Together you and your team will develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs. We will also provide assistance in helping you access important benefits to which you may be entitled. Free transportation and lunch are provided by the program.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy is an evidence-based in-home family therapy program for youth who have been involved with the legal system in some capacity, e.g., police called to the home, runaway, and probation.

Counties served:

Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Gloucester County Prevention Program

Gloucester County Prevention Program provides short term case management and support for families living in Gloucester County that have primary custody of at least one child under the age of 18 and are experiencing hardship or instability. Financial assistance to assist with instability is available as appropriate.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Grounded

The Grounded program is a Detention-Alternative program which provides sufficient short-term supervision to youth who have charges against them in Salem County. The supervision allows for youth to safely remain in the community while awaiting the final disposition of their care, and ensures that the youth will be present at their next court hearing. Youth receive weekly in-home counseling, detention, support, and monitoring during the length between their court hearings.

Counties served:

Salem

Healthy Families

The Healthy Families program provides in-home education and supportive services to new and expectant parents. Home visitors work to link parents to existing social service and health care resources, and promote positive parenting and healthy child growth and development. The program typically lasts from pregnancy through the child’s 3rd birthday. Ages & Stages Questionaire

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Here2Heal

Affordable and secure video or phone counseling. Times are tough, so no monthly subscription required. Only schedule what you need. How can we help? COVID-19 is making me or someone in my household feel more anxious or stressed. I’m worried about money and how long I may be out of work. Our family does not seem to be getting along. I’m feeling lonely and am not sure of how to handle it. My child needs help developing coping skills. I get really angry or frustrated a lot. My specific need isn’t listed here, but I just need someone to talk to. Talk to us. We're here to listen.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Hispanic Counseling & Therapy Services

Our team of team of bicultural, bilingual experienced clinicians provides comprehensive counseling & therapy services for hispanic clients in need of individual, couple, family, or group therapy. By looking at your psychological and social needs, we are able to quickly assess and develop a customized support plan to get you back to feeling great. Our therapists provide essential mental health services, including adult counseling, tele-psychiatry, and family-focused therapy to improve your overall well-being. Our caring and nurturing clinicians utilize evidence-based therapy treatments to guide each client as they navigate their personal path to success. ¿Cómo se siente? El comportamiento de salud, incluye salud mental, abuso de sustancias y más, como parte clave de su bienestar en general. Evaluaciones breves son la forma más rápida de determinar si usted, o si le preocupa un ser querido, debe comunicarse con un profesional del comportamiento de salud. Imagínese esto como un chequeo de la nuca hasta la cabeza. Este programa es completamente anónimo y confidencial. Inmediatamente después de un breve cuestionario podra ver sus resultados, recomendaciones y recursos claves. Tome un cuestionario

Counties served:

Camden, Gloucester

Integrated Case Management Services

Integrated Case Management Services (ICMS) engages individuals at the point of hospitalization and participates in the discharge planning process to assist with the transition from hospital to community. Case management provides post discharge follow-up to support the client with community integration. This is done through direct in home contact and linkage to community resources. The client is linked to resources that support the ability to remain stable within the community. Client's needs are assessed holistically and linkage to both mental health and non-mental health services are coordinated. Clients may receive up to eighteen months of service based on Axis I diagnosis.

Counties served:

Cape May, Gloucester

Intensive Family Support Services

Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) provides support services to the families of the mentally ill through a network of social, community and group gatherings. IFSS services include educational presentations, one-on-one counseling and intervention, as well as respite care to lighten the load for families caring for mentally ill loved ones. IFSS can help your family navigate the mental health system to get access to the services you’re entitled to. IFSS also seeks to help reduce the burden and frustration that often goes hand in hand with caring for a family member with a serious mental illness. Our IFSS team is experienced in communicating on your behalf with other provider agencies that can be of value to your loved ones. Through IFSS, families can also learn skills to help them be effective advocates for themselves and their mentally ill relatives. We offer workshops throughout the year on medications, treatment options and coping strategies. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from relapse, crisis intervention and estate/future planning to employment and housing options.

Counties served:

Cape May

Intensive In-Community Services

Intensive In-Community Services provides short-term intensive behavioral health counseling to youth and their families in their homes or communities. Counseling is provided by master’s level and licensed clinicians.

Counties served:

Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides services for adults with significant mental health needs of a more urgent nature. Priority is given to individuals with recent phone or in-person contact with Psychiatric Emergency Screening (PES). Our program offers primarily group-based services as well as individual and family therapy, psycho-social education and medication monitoring services. Services are available to individual adults regardless of their ability to pay. Individuals must present with a primary mental health diagnosis. Individuals with co-occurring substance use issues are able to participate in IOP services providing they are not in need of medical intervention for detoxification. Individuals with co-occurring substance use issues must agree to service coordination with other substance treatment or medical treatment providers and agree to random testing for substances.

Counties served:

Cape May, Gloucester

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) serves individuals diagnosed with serious, persistent mental illness who, due to his/her mental illness are dangerous to him/herself, others or property in the reasonably foreseeable future. These individuals have also demonstrated a history of positive treatment response in an outpatient setting. IOC is an opportunity to effect change before an individual reaches a crisis point which results in an inpatient hospitalization. The individual must have some level of willingness and capacity to participate in the IOC program and plays an active role in the development of his/her treatment plan. IOC Services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of a psychiatrist, care managers, peer support specialists and a director with an emergency screening certification. Services include: case management, service linkage, court system coordination, transportation to IOC related appointments, interaction with family members or other significant social supports, peer support and interim psychiatric medication monitoring for individuals who are not in active treatment at the time of admission. The goal of providing these supports is to increase the individual’s participation and adherence to his/her wellness and recovery plan in order to maintain safety and stability in the community.

Counties served:

Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together provides both short and long-term supportive housing for high risk families who have a current or ongoing history of homelessness, with children at risk of removal or soon to be reunified. The program provides housing resource specialty, case management, therapy and support groups to families who receive either a program-based or rental assistant voucher.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Life Link Homes

Life Link Homes offer permanent supportive housing for youth who are homeless or aging out of the child welfare system. The program provides life skills, employment counseling, and therapy to ensure a successful transition to self-sufficient living and to prevent long-term dependency on social services. Young adults who comply with their lease requirements may remain until they determine they have the skills and self-confidence to live fully independently.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Lifelong Connections

The Lifelong Connections program helps to establish permanent connections with supportive adults for youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Staff work on identifying supportive adults and connecting them with youth aging out of Division of Child Permanency and Protection supervision. These relationships allow for adolescents and young adults to work towards goals of independent living, long-term specialized care, or stabilization.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Mental Health IOP Transition Towards Wellness

This is a 3-4 day per week program, 3 ½ hours a day which utilizes groups, individual therapy, psycho-education and medication monitoring to work towards wellness and recovery. Transportation is available when needed. To be eligible, clients must be 18 years or older, a resident of Cape May County, and have an Axis I mental health diagnosis—they may a secondary substance abuse diagnosis as well. Clients should present with a high degree of clinical risk as evidenced by recent hospitalizations or multiple screenings. This is not a partial hospitalization program.

Counties served:

Cape May

Mobile Response and Stabilization Services

If your child is having a mental health crisis in the home, we can provide help within the hour. REQUEST SERVICES FOR YOUR CHILD CALL 877-652-7624 Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) provides immediate support for families with children up to the age of 21 who are experiencing escalating emotional or behavioral issues. Call toll free 877-652-7624 and ask for "Mobile Response Services". Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can come into your home, or provide support by phone or video. Crisis interventions include de-escalation, service linkage, and short term stabilization management. Currently, we are able to provide crisis interventions via telephone or telehealth (video) platforms.  Additional Resources: Five Tips for De-escalating Your Teen’s Behavior Does My Child or Teen Need Emergency Mental Health Intervention?

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Nurse-Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership Program is a free service that pairs a first-time mom by 28 weeks gestation with a personal registered nurse to ensure the best possible pregnancy outcome, the best health and development of the baby, and to help link mom to community resources. Moms can keep the service until their child’s 2nd birthday. Ages & Stages Questionaire

Counties served:

Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Older Adult Services

Older Adult Services provides in-home and office based counseling services to adults age 60+ and their familial caregivers. The services and support provided are unique to each individual depending on their needs, mobility, and living situation. Whether you are challenged with depression and grief, or just need someone to talk to as you head into the next stage of your life, our therapists are trained to provide the highest quality of care and support.   How are you feeling? Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Click here to take a self-assessment.

Counties served:

Gloucester

On My Own

The On My Own program provides aftercare services to youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Services within this program include training for employment seeking and retention, enabling youth to receive their high school diploma, counseling services on an individual or group basis, and assistance in obtaining independent housing.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Parent Counseling & Therapy

Acenda staff work with parents to enhance their parenting skills and offer them community resources to ensure that their children are receiving the necessary care to grow and develop. Our supportive staff work to promote positive parenting, child wellbeing, and strong family bonds. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) PCIT is a fun, interactive therapy for children ages 2 to 8 and their parents. We help parents learn effective ways to get a child’s undesirable behaviors to stop. Undesirable behaviors exhibited by children include disruptiveness, acting out at school or home, failure to pay attention or follow simple directions, and having frequent temper tantrums. Parent Management Training Negative behaviors in the home can have long-term effects for both parents and teenagers/pre-teens. This evidenced based therapy helps families learn successful ways of interacting. Pre and Post Adoption Support Skilled therapists trained in the unique needs of foster, adoptive, and birth families work to ease all stages of the adoption process. Telehealth Services Together, we are facing truly unprecedented circumstances. COVID-19 is affecting our families, our communities, and our way of life. Our top priority is providing additional care for those experiencing stress and anxiety due to these extraordinary circumstances. Acenda is now accepting new clients for counseling services via telehealth—a remote phone or online therapy & counseling solution. Click here to learn more about our expanded Telehealth Services. Counseling & Wellness Center Locations Glassboro Egg Harbor Township Woodbury

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem

Parent Support Services

Parent Support Services provide in-home and concrete services to link parents to community resources and provide skill building necessary for reunification to occur or to stabilize those reunified within the last month. Staff work to model and coach parents on basic skill development, such as budgeting, employment, and housing, so that the parent can provide a safe, stable home environment for their children upon reunification. Parents must be involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers is a home visitation program that provides health and parenting education and supportive services to families. Home Visitors educate families on prenatal health, infant/child health and development, positive parenting practices, nurturing parent-child relationships, child safety, and education and employment. Designed to be a 3 year program, Parents as Teachers can provide support to expectant parents from the birth up until the child is ready to enter kindergarten. Visits are made 2 to 4 times per month. Ages & Stages Questionaire

Counties served:

Gloucester, Salem

PATH / Homeless Mentally Ill

Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) is an intensive case management service which provide mobile outreach services to the psychiatrically disabled homeless living in the community. This program is designed to reach out to consumers who have not accepted traditional center-based mental health services. This service includes: supportive services, advocacy, housing assistance, mental health services, substance abuse services, and transportation.Each counselor functions as part of a team, and all clients interact with all members of the team.

Counties served:

Cape May, Gloucester

Pathways to Academic and Career Exploration to Success (PACES)

PACES is an in-home service that aims to support adolescents involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) by providing effective transition practices to obtain a high school diploma and engage in post-secondary education, career exploration, vocational training, and other supports and services to assist the youth to secure employment. Individuals must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and meet one of the requirements below to be eligible for the NJ Foster Care Scholars (NJFCS) program: • For youth currently residing in DCP&P out-of-home placements, they must be between the ages of 15 and 16. • Youth must have been adopted through DCP&P after age 12 or entered Kinship Legal Guardianship after age 16. • For youth experiencing homelessness, they must reside or have recently resided in a Transitional Living program or independent living arrangement.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Pettirosso Community Home

Pettirosso Community Home provides an intensive therapeutic community home setting in which females will receive 24 hour supervision and intensive treatment services in a trauma-informed treatment milieu, with a goal of transitioning to a lower level of service or family reunification. Services are available to females living in any county in New Jersey, and last 8 to 10 months on average. Referrals are received through PerformCare, and females are placed in the home following an assessment through the Division of Children’s System of Care that indicates they need this level of care. A meet and greet is held with the youth and family prior to acceptance into the program. ​

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Post Adoption Counseling Services (PACS)

Adoptive and kinship families have a unique journey that requires a unique approach to support. At Acenda, we are proud to offer Pre & Post Adoption and Guardianship Counseling Services which are personalized based on a family’s need and designed to address specific challenges. Post Adoption Counseling Services (PACS) programs provide in-home family and individual therapy and group support to stabilize adoptive and relative placements and enable caregivers to meet the needs of children who have been exposed to abuse/neglect and removed from their birth families. “I believe one of the most sacrificial acts of love that adoptive parents can do is to give up their preconceptions and agendas about what their child’s views should be and be open to hear the conflicting emotions and thoughts their child often experiences.” —Sherrie Eldridge, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew Core Services Include: • Personalized individual and family focused attachment-based therapy • Parent education and support • Child life story development and understanding • Follow-up support as needed Your therapists will: • Increase parents’ confidence in overcoming challenges. • Strengthen positive family relationships. • Increase the child’s ability to regulate their emotions and utilize coping skills. • Process grief and loss surrounding out of home placement and adoption. • Strengthen the Parent/Child bond, address loyalty conflicts, and ensure the child has an age-appropriate understanding of their biological family history. What Families are Saying “Our Acenda therapist provided excellent service and was so empathetic and considerate. She clarified goals that we needed to work on and provided helpful information about adoption and ways to overcome stress.”

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Program for Assertive Community Treatment

Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) provides comprehensive treatment to people with serious and persistent mental illness. People served by PACT receive individualized multidisciplinary services that include staffing available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week, and a staff Psychiatrist. PACT’s primary goals are to: - Promote appropriate self-management of symptoms - Facilitate community integration - Prevent unnecessary psychiatric hospitalizations - Maximize independence PACT services include: - Symptom assessment, management and supportive counseling - Medication prescription administration, monitoring, documentation and continuing education - Crisis assessment and intervention - Direct assistance to ensure that each client has the basic necessities for daily living - Support of recreational and social activities and inter personal relationships - Substance abuse assessment, counseling and treatment referral - Vocational and employment services, including job coaching, training and employer liaison - Family and social network support

Counties served:

Cape May, Gloucester

Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week crisis intervention service that offers face-to-face crisis and emergency intervention to individuals who are suicidal, homicidal, or acutely psychotic. PES is not able to assist with prescription renewals, evictions, or non-crisis calls.

Counties served:

Cape May, Gloucester

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatry adheres to the biopsychosocial model of care in which treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team. Psychiatry involves the client, and whenever possible, their families, in the development of the client’s individualized care plan. Psychiatric Services is sensitive to a client’s cultural values and affords every client dignity, respect and the right to be treated in the least restrictive setting. Treatment is provided in the most efficient manner while utilizing the use of community supports. Psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring services are provided by licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners, both onsite and through telepsychiatry.

Counties served:

Cape May

Recovery Outpatient

If you find yourself dealing with substance abuse, trying to face challenges alone can be overwhelming. There is help, and its right in your community. Acenda offers a full range of services at the outpatient level to address abuse and addiction chemical issues with both the adolescent and adult population in Cape May County. The goal of care is to intervene in the progression of the disease of addiction in an atmosphere of compassion, safety and understanding. These clinical services include drug and alcohol awareness classes, outpatient one day a week recovery groups, intensive 9 hours a week group counseling, and weekly relapse prevention groups. For those who need a higher level of care in a residential setting, a placement specialist will assess, place and follow-up with in care individuals who need detoxification, residential rehabilitation and half-way house services. This placement service is dedicated to remove the financial barriers in accessing care so that treatment is available and affordable. Click hare to view 5 frequently asked questions concerning Acenda’s substance and recovery services in Cape May. For more information on recovery services available in Cape May County, please call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9501).

Counties served:

Cape May

Residential Service Program

Our Residential Service Program offers a continuum of housing for the acutely and chronically mentally ill with supervised residences, family home care and supported housing. Our purpose is to help those suffering from severe mental illness to live in the least restrictive setting that is compatible with their level of functioning. Our goals are: - To provide affordable housing. - To help those we serve be as independent from the mental health system and as self-sufficient as possible by providing the least restrictive setting necessary to assure safety and promote personal growth. - To provide a meaningful context for personal rehabilitation by focusing on helping individuals acquire daily living skills. - To prevent psychiatric hospitalization by providing support systems within the community, linking individuals to the right social services and natural support.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Resource Family Support

Resource Family Support provides support services, including home visits, group support, and telephone contact for resource parents who are awaiting placement of a child, have a child, or are awaiting completion of the legal adoption process. Staff provides ongoing and individualized support based on the need of the family, with the ultimate goal of stabilizing placements and retaining them as resource parents.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Respite Care

Families who have their loved one living with them may qualify for planned time away. An afternoon, evening or overnight break can restore emotional equilibrium, regain social connections, and renew strength. Informal educational workshops provide up-to-date information about mental illness and treatment options and also teach skills that enable caregivers to better cope their loved one's illness and improve the functioning of the family.

Counties served:

Cape May

RISE

Recovery, Independence, Support, and Empowerment RISE provides wraparound services for Cumberland County individuals and families struggling with homelessness or unstable housing and addiction. The program assists individuals and families with finding and keeping affordable housing as well as providing tools and resources to aid in addiction recovery. How does it work?  A team of case managers and peer recovery specialists will provide wraparound care that focuses on developing your goals to achieve an independent and healthy lifestyle. What is the cost? RISE is a SAMHSA-funded program that provides services and resources free of charge to you and your family, and our staff is equipped to meet you in your community.

Counties served:

Cumberland

Robins’ Nest Group Home

Robins’ Nest Group Home is a community based out of home treatment setting which provides services to adolescent females (14-17 years of age) who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Individualized treatment plans are created to guide services to meet each resident’s individual needs. Services include behavior management, life skills training, and therapy.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

School-based Services

While school is designed as a place for children to learn and grow, many students face difficult challenges in the classroom that range from behavioral missteps to problems interacting with their peers. To help make these challenges easier on both parents and educators alike, Acenda clinicians partner with local school districts to find strategies and methods that work in the classroom and help make the learning environment a better place for everyone. CLINICAL COUNSELING We utilize a variety of evidenced based protocols in working with your students. Our staff are trauma informed clinicians who specialize in working with school age youth. We provide both individual and group counseling, and work tirelessly to engage parents in the clinical process. PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION On-site psychiatric evaluations to meet zero tolerance and child study team requirements, or to provide barrier-free access to psychiatry in rural communities. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT On-site psychiatric medication management SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS Many of our schools have a need for students to engage in social skills. We utilize an evidence-based protocol which students enjoy! TEACHER CHILD INTERACTION TECHNIQUES Based on the core skills from Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Teacher Child Interaction Techniques (TCIT) allow teacher and classroom assistants to address behaviors utilizing positive, reinforcing feedback, and interaction. TCIT will reduce the number of outbursts and tantrums in your classes. FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENTS Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts provide assessments, observations, and full plans. HARASSMENT AND BULLYING We provide policy development and staff training for required Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) protocols.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem

School-based Youth Services

School Based Youth Services seek help young people navigate the adolescent years and graduate healthy and drug free. Services include: after-school activities, recreational trips, individual, group, and family counseling, referrals to primary and preventative health services, substance abuse counseling, life skills groups, support groups, mediation and conflict resolution, advocacy, employment services, individualized goal setting, and other identified needs.

Counties served:

Cape May

Second Chance

The Second Chance program provides services to youth who have begun to engage in antisocial and low-level delinquent behavior in an effort to prevent them from continuing down the wrong path. Staff provides weekly in-home counseling to address the underlying family issues that impact the youth’s behaviors and work towards finding the family community resources and case management that will benefit them.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Steps Toward Independence

Steps Toward Independence (STI) is a transitional, supportive housing program that assists homeless youth, especially youth leaving the child welfare system, with life skills and support services to make a successful transition to self-sufficient living and to prevent long-term dependency on social services.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Street Dreams

The Street Dreams program works with juvenile probationers and connects them with education and employment opportunities in order to engage them in planning and setting goals for their future. The program includes assistance with resume building, employment seeking and retention, and accessing community resources, budgeting, and housing.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Strengthening Foster Children and Families

Strengthening Foster Children and Families provides in-home family and individual therapy for foster children and their resource families. Staff provides support, therapy and education to children with the goal of strengthening family functioning and stabilizing placements. Families receive weekly sessions with a PACS trained therapist.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Strengthening Youth

Strengthening Youth is a free three month long program designed to help at-risk youth from becoming formally involved with the Juvenile Justice System. Provided to residents of Burlington County under the age of 18, Strengthening Youth gives youth the opportunity to meet weekly with a Youth Counselor to discuss their goals and how to accomplish them.

Counties served:

Burlington

Supported Employment Program

The Supported Employment Program actively assists adults with severe and persistent mental illness in choosing, securing and retaining competitive full or part time employment. Services include job development, on and off site job coaching, benefits planning and the Career Paths Internship Program.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Therapeutic Visitation Services

In our Therapeutic Visitation Services program, therapists and visit coaches provide progressive visitation and therapeutic support for children who are in out of home placement who are likely to be reunified with their families within 9-12 months. Staff coach and guide parents in meeting their children’s needs during weekly visits, with the ultimate goal of achieving reunification and permanency.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Salem

Traumatic Loss Coalition

The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care is New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program and is funded by the Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Behavioral Health Services. The TLC is an interactive, statewide network that offers education, collaboration, and support to professionals working with school-age youth. The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses due to suicide, homicide, accident, and illness. This is accomplished through county, regional, and statewide conferences, training, consultation, and technical assistance. The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth from a variety of disciplines and programs have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, trauma response, and resiliency enhancement. The TLCs are available to: Provide county coalition meetings for the purpose of networking, disseminating information, and reviewing best practices in the areas of mental health, traumatic loss and suicide prevention. Educator Professional Development Credits are available for attending the educational component of these meetings. Provide schools with assistance from the TLC’s Lead Response Teams (LRT) in the event of a traumatic loss. Assistance can range from phone consultation and support to the provision of on-site services. Coordinate a two hour Suicide Awareness Training for Educators to fulfill the professional development requirement, per N.J.S.A. 18A:6-11. Consult with schools and communities regarding evidence-based suicide curricula. This consultation can help schools fulfill the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Counties served:

Cape May, Salem

Veteran Support & Counseling

Our skilled clinicians are trained in helping our returning heroes adjust to the stresses and challenges unique to our veterans and their families. Whether it’s adjusting to being in a parenting role again or dealing with trauma, we are trained to meet your needs.   How are you feeling? Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Click here to take a self-assessment.

Counties served:

Gloucester, Salem

Women’s Choices

Women's CHOICES assists mothers who are in recovery from a substance use disorder, Acenda provides clients with encouragement and accountability, along with weekly one-on-one meetings, facilitated peer support groups, life skills development, and transportation for client and child(ren) to any program service or activity. Additional services are available for clients experiencing postpartum depression.

Counties served:

Cape May

Youth Outreach Services

Youth Outreach Services provide services such as: Comprehensive Clinical Assessments and Recommendations with Strength and Needs Assessment provided in the community; Intensive In-Home Community Services by Licensed or Masters prepared Therapists; Intensive In-Home Community Services by a Bachelors prepared Counselors; Behavioral Assistance under the supervision of a Licensed Therapist; and Stabilization Services for youth involved with Mobile Response.

Counties served:

Cape May

Youth Partial Care

Our goal is to prevent psychiatric hospitalization or re-hospitalization as well as provide a transition back into the community for those who have been hospitalized. Youth Partial Care (YPC) services are provided through a comprehensive, intensive after-school program that includes individual, group and family therapy. In addition, the YPC program provides psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring. During the summer months the program operates from 10am to 3:30pm. Master level therapists facilitate group activities including psychotherapy, art therapy and/or movement therapy. Off-site “reward trips” are built into the program design to encourage appropriate behavior. Case management, individual and family therapy are also provided. YPC offers transportation services to and from the program for children and adolescents who demonstrate the ability to adhere to established behavioral rules while on the van. Meals are also provided.

Counties served:

Gloucester