Behavioral Health Services

Overview of programs for adults recovering from mental illness

Our Mission:

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 focuses on serving adults who are working to recover from and cope with serious mental illness or developmental disability.

We know that every person can make a valuable contribution to the community. That is why SERV integrates housing and supportive services to address the needs of the whole person and not 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 gradually build more independent and meaningful lives outside the walls of an institution.

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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, senior care, diversity and tolerance, and educational issues.

Treatment that Works 

Research indicates that mental health consumers are much more responsive to accepting treatment after they have housing in place. 1 Because we integrate housing with supportive services, SERV is able to achieve a higher level of success with a very challenging population.

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Community Reintegration (Housing, Support & Guidance)

Group Homes — These 24-hour supervised residences provide a home for adults who are working to cope with and recover from a serious mental illness. Residents are referred to SERV through a state hospital.

Apartment Programs — A wide variety of apartment programs offer variation in support and supervision for those adults who are in the process of building a progressively more independent life.

Community Support Services — Consumers live in their own apartments (one they have leased themselves) and are responsible for paying for and maintaining their living space. Ongoing and individualized support is provided to the consumer to ensure successful living on their own.

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Adapt Partial-Care Day Program

Individual Guidance

SERV’s Adapt partial-care day program is designed to assist adults who are working to recover from and cope with a mental illness as they negotiate the transition toward more independent living.

Through a structured and intensive program, each consumer receives individualized guidance toward the development of skills needed to live and work successfully in the community.

The Adapt partial-care program is effective for a diverse array of consumer situations.

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Participants in these residential programs are at least 18 years of age, live within our service area and have a primary psychiatric diagnosis.

Referral Process
(833) CAN-SERV (226-7378)

Referrals for most of our residential placements are made through the state hospital system; however, some community referrals can be accommodated. Placement in our programs is dependent upon the consumer's appropriateness for the program and availability.

If you have a family member or friend who would benefit from a SERV Centers program, call our office for assistance in acquiring the proper referral.