At SERV, we share our experience, support and guidance with adults, children and families as they work to recover from and cope with mental illness, addictions, challenging behaviors or developmental disabilities.
Founded in 1974, SERV Centers of New Jersey is the cornerstone of the organization that has since grown to become SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. A private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization, SERV Behavioral Health System focuses on serving adults and children who are working to recover from and cope with serious mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities.
Because every person can make a valuable contribution to the community, SERV integrates housing and supportive services to address the needs of the whole person and does not treat just an illness.
It is our goal to assist the people who come into our care to live and work successfully in their communities as they build more independent and meaningful lives outside the walls of an institution.
SERV as a benefit and resource to the community
Much more than Mental Health
Through our work we address a multitude of social issues including homelessness, hunger, housing, addiction recovery, education, child welfare and abuse, senior care, diversity and tolerance.
Treatment that Works
Research indicates that mental health consumers are much more responsive to accepting treatment after they have housing in place. 1Because we integrate housing with supportive services, SERV is able to achieve a higher level of success with a very challenging population.
The Value of Independence
SERV provides an economic benefit to the community by delivering a full range of care to individuals for about ¼ of the cost of state-supported institutionalization.
A Safe Home
Young, old, rich or poor, SERV cares for those in need regardless of gender, religious background, sexual orientation, ethnicity or the ability to pay.
SERV Centers of New Jersey, Inc. maintains four county offices that oversee 342 residences for adults recovering from mental illness. They include:
- 39 group homes
- 249 apartment units
- 54 family-care sites
SERV Achievement Centers, Inc. maintains one primary office in Mercer County and oversees 42 residences in six counties for adults and youth with developmental disabilities: They include:
- 13 group homes
- 21 supervised apartments
- 8 family-care sites