Our Programs in New Jersey
Community Support Services (CSS)
Community Support Services consists of ten programs that provide behavioral health rehabilitation services that are necessary to assist people in achieving recovery goals such as employment, educational, housing and/or social integration. Clients participating in CSS have the right to choose their housing and the services they need. These services are provided within a framework that promotes psychiatric rehabilitation, wellness and recovery. We currently assist 170 individuals in scattered site apartments throughout Passaic, Middlesex and Union Counties.
These services include:
- Housing Assistance
- Tenant Education (support, advocacy and resources on tenant rights)
- Community Integration and Natural Support System Development
- Skill Development
- Rehabilitation Assessment and Planning
- Service Coordination (medical care, entitlements, recovery support, transportation)
- Career Development
- Crisis Prevention and Intervention (24/7 support services)
Residential Supervised Housing
Theodora House & Myrtle House
Theodora House provides support for both men and women who have been diagnosed with behavioral health issues. Myrtle House is a residence for men with co-occurring diagnoses (behavioral health and substance abuse). Each program works with the client, other service providers (e.g., day treatment staff, peer providers) and natural supports to help them live as independently as possible. Staff members are on-site 24/7 to provide support as well as assist in navigating wellness goals.
Residents at Bay City are directly referred from New Jersey State Psychiatric Hospitals. These individuals often have co-occurring behavioral health issues and physical health diagnosis. The nursing staff (LPN and RNs) make preventative care their focus as they are always available on-site.
Most clients have a history of homelessness, substance abuse, physical health diagnosis and psychiatric hospitalizations. Their ties to family are often limited or non-existent due to significant lengths of stay in a state hospital. As a result, Bay City becomes a true community and has had success engaging even the most challenging individuals.
The staff helps individuals develop a sense of community integration, obtaining appropriate medical and behavioral health care and wellness management. As a result, we have seen a decrease in social isolation in most residents because of the attention and sense of family the residence brings.
Residences for Co-Occuring Diagnoses (Behavioral and IDD)
Alletta House provides community-based residential support services for men with a co-occurring diagnoses of intellectual disabilities and behavioral health issues. The goal of the program is for residents to live successfully in the community. To achieve this, Alletta House provides 24-hour support and supervision alongside a person-centered approach, emphasizing the individual’s choice through skills development and referrals to community resources.
Staff members create a safe and stable living environment while helping residents develop self-reliance, confidence, and a sense of personal dignity. Residents are encouraged to foster new relationships and increase interactions with members of the outside community. Referrals for placement at Alletta House are submitted us via the Division of Intellectual Disabilities, community organizations, as well as concerned friends and family members.
Services at Alletta Include:
- Learning practical life skills such as effective problem solving, maintaining a home, managing finances, establishing community relations, and navigating public transportation, and skill building in various life roles such as social, employment, educational and/or housing.
- Access mental, medical and dental health care. Staff members work as advocates for residents, helping them negotiate their entitlements, such as Medicaid and Social Security, and ensure they receive the appropriate medical services they require.
- Engage in a wide variety of social recreational activities, including day-trips to museums and sporting events, games, and cookouts.
- Access other community resources of their choice