Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers Community Outreach Programs that make it possible for individuals and their families whose lives are affected by mental illness or emotional distress to function more fully within the community.
Intensive Family Support Services assist families in their understanding of psychiatric disorders and the effects upon family life.
Intensive Family Support Services provide:
- Psycho-Educational Services
- Respite Services
Our goal is to form a collaborative, therapeutic alliance with families so that they can increase their knowledge, as well as coping and communication skills. IFSS consults with families about their individual needs. The counselors work with families to reduce isolation, stigma, and increase their understanding of mental illness. IFSS is crucial to families so that they do not feel overwhelmed during a time of crisis.
C.A.R.E. – Crisis, Acute, Resources and Education
C.A.R.E. is designed to meet the needs of families in the midst of a psychiatric crises, we provide support in the Emergency Services Screening Center. The goal of the program is to provide immediate support to families, linkages with community resources including NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and to all the services IFSS provides.
When a family member has been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, you will likely have many questions. Our staff provides collaborative and education services to help you understand this disorder more thoroughly and how to best handle its impact on your family.
Community Education Workshops
Hunterdon Medical Center offers a series of educational workshops on a wide range of mental health issues.
Speakers are also available to give presentations to local community groups and agencies on various mental health topics of interest.
Check out Hunterdon Healthcare’s Calendar of Events for the latest information regarding scheduled Community Education Workshops.
For more information, call 908-788-6401 ext. 3006 or 3029.
Self Help Center
The Getting Together Self Help Center offers individuals who are (or who have previously been) receiving mental health services invaluable opportunities for socializing, self help, and advocacy. The Center provides a comfortable, educational and leisurely environment to help patients reach common goals to positively influence their lives.
For more information, call 908-806-8202.
Older Adult Program
Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers counseling and advocate services to help older adults live independently and remain self-sufficient. Our Older Adult Program provides linkage to community aging services, as needed.
For more information, call 908-237-2364.
Hunterdon Behavioral Health offers monthly meetings to caregivers of older adults. These meetings provide great opportunities to meet with other caregivers and to discuss common topics of concern. General Caregiver Support meets on the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Alzheimer and Dementia Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Both groups meet at Hunterdon Regional Community Health located at 215 Route 31 South, Flemington, NJ. Please call for more information.
See our Calendar of Events for more details.
Hunterdon Behavioral Health provides recreational and social activities for individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis. Respite services offer families a break from the emotional and physical toll of caring for these patients.
Career Services (known as Pathways Employment Services)
HBH Career Services is a grant funded program assisting individuals with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders to obtain and maintain competitive employment. Pathways provides the following individualized services:
- Career Readiness Assessments
- Job development/job seeking
- Cover letter/resume writing
- Individual and group counseling
- Job placement and ongoing support
- Benefits Counseling
- Assistance in developing natural supports in the workplace
For more information on Career Services, call 908-237-2318.
Khaja Taj Faisal, MDPsychiatrist
Hong Chen, MDPsychiatrist
Everett H. Hill, MDPsychiatrist
Gem-Estelle M. Lucas, DOPsychiatrist
Mukesh D. Patel, MDPsychiatrist
Mary Ann Foley-Mayer, APN-CAdvanced Practice Nurse
Cynthia J. Tholis, NP-CNurse Practitioner
Kathryn A. Wall, MSN/APNAdvanced Practice Nurse
Margaret O. Akinyemi, APNAdvanced Practice Nurse
Kim Stricker, NP-CNurse Practitioner
Tami Zorge, NPNurse Practitioner
Additional Staff & Specialists
Gary L. Piscitelli, LCSW
Ellen Gantner, PsyD
Albert Bassetti, MA, LPC
Nancy Rumore, MS, LPC
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