History of SERV

1974 – SERV Centers of New Jersey is founded by a group of families and mental healthcare providers who care for adult family members with serious and persistent mental illness.

1994 – The SERV Foundation is formed to provide financial support to the organization.

1995 — Clifton Mental Health Services, founded in 1960, merges with SERV Centers of N.J. and becomes Clifton Behavioral Healthcare.

1996 — SERV acquires The Center for Innovative Family Achievements (CIFA), founded in 1987, to further develop the company’s mission to provide training and support to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and youth with behavioral challenges and emotional problems. In 2008, the name was changed to SERV Achievement Centers.

1996 — SERV Centers of New Jersey reorganizes to become SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. and includes:

  • Advanced Health Management, a company offering facilities maintenance and human resources services to other nonprofits
  • CIFA (later renamed to SERV Achievement Centers)
  • SERV Centers of New Jersey
  • The SERV Foundation
  • SERV Properties & Management, which specializes in the planning, development and management of housing for special–needs populations


SERV Sites

SERVBHS-Updated Map

SERV has operations in Burlington, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union Counties in New Jersey. 

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