Welcome to the
Bayonne Community Mental Health Center
The mission of the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center is to address the mental health care needs of the individuals and institutions of the City of Bayonne and surrounding communities. This is accomplished by reducing the severity of the psychiatric symptoms which diminish individuals' ability to live freely and productively in their home and community; by helping individuals develop their psychological and social strengths in order to improve personal and social functioning; by helping individuals experience a greater sense of self-determination, satisfaction, and connection with others; and, by joining with others to build social institutions which nurture individuals and promote social good.
The Bayonne Community Mental Health Center will be recognized by individuals in need of service and organizations in the market as the premiere provider of behavioral health services in Northern New Jersey.
Both consumers and referring providers will acknowledge the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center as the provider of excellent, effective behavioral health services delivered by exceptional staff, working together in a spirit of cooperation with respect and compassion for the clients they serve.
Innovative treatment and a full range of services will place the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center at the forefront of Behavioral Health Care.
- Introduction to Family Therapy
- Managing Anxiety
- Anger Management
- Difficult Relationships
- Coping Skills
- Womens Group
- Mens Group
- Bridge Program
- Moving Forward from Trauma and Stress
- Addictions Group
With a staff of three professionals, two volunteers, and a budget of $41,000, the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center rendered 300 mental health visits in its first year, then located in a small office on the fifth floor of Bayonne Hospital.
Within a few short years, the Center became a contracted provider with the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Hospitals, to deliver psychiatric and mental health services to individuals and families affected by mental illness. The Center received funding to provide Outpatient services to children, adolescents and adults, a Partial Care program for the chronically mentally-ill, as well as Consultation and Education, Liaison and Case Management Services. In addition, the Center introduced two SSBG-funded programs, administered by the Division of Youth and Family Services: child abuse and domestic violence, and alcohol and drug abuse services. The Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Program continues to this day.
In 1998, the Bayonne CMHC became an affiliate of the newly formed Bayonne Health Care System. As a result, the Bayonne CMHC assumed overall responsibility for the management and direction of Bayonne Behavioral Health - an integrated continuum of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services provided by Bayonne Hospital and the CMHC. With an operating budget of close to 4 million, Bayonne Behavioral Health provided a seamless continuum of services to the community that, in addition to those offered by the CMHC, included: a 15-bed adult psychiatric unit, an Acute Partial Hospitalization Program, Adult and Adolescent Outpatient Addictions Programs, and 24-hour Psychiatric Emergency and Crisis Intervention Services. In October 1999, Bayonne Behavioral Health under the direction of the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center was accredited by JCAHO.
In 2002, the Center and Bayonne Hospital dissolved its affiliation and once again the Center became a free-standing CMHC. In April of that same year, responding to the needs of the community, the Center sought and secured full licensure by the Department of Health, Division of Addictions Services to provide intensive outpatient substance abuse services to adults, adolescents and their families.
The Center's primary mission is today, as it has always been: to address the mental health care needs of individuals, families, and institutions in the City of Bayonne and surrounding communities. The Center's specific aims are: to reduce the severity of the psychological symptoms which diminish individuals' ability to live freely and productively in their home and community; to help individuals develop their psychological and social strengths in order to improve personal and social functioning; and to help individuals experience a greater sense of self-determination, satisfaction, and connection with others.
For 40 years, the Center has provided essential mental health programs to the residents of Bayonne and neighboring communities, including: Child, Adolescent and Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Services, Child and Family Therapy Programs, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Programs, Crime Victims' Services, Partial Care Programs for Adults with Serious Mental Illness, Adult and Outpatient Addictions Services, and a variety of successful community awareness and outreach programs.
In 2007 and 2008, the Center entered into collaboration with Women Rising to provide substance abuse services at Project Home in Jersey City, and one with the United Way of Hudson County to provide mental health case management and consultation services to a population of homeless individuals seeking housing at scattered sites throughout Hudson County.
Today, housed in two facilities, with forty-two professional and administrative staff, and a publicly supported budget of 1.5 million dollars, the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center is fully accredited by JCAHO, holds four State licenses, receives over 2,000 requests for service each year, and renders nearly 34,000 mental health and substance abuse units-of-service per year to Bayonne adults, adolescents, and children.
In addition, for 40 years, the Bayonne CMHC has been an active member in State and County service planning efforts, and has maintained a consistent presence on all related advisory boards and committees.
A variety of modalities are utilized including Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychiatric Evaluations, and Medication Monitoring.
- Adult Services
- Child and Family Services
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Counseling
- Medication Management
New Horizons Partial Care Program provides daily group activities, including music therapy, spirituality and recovery, stress reduction, groups for men and women, multicultural awareness, cinema therapy, and more.
Group activities run Monday-Friday from 9:30AM to 3:30PM. Please note that this schedule is flexible and may be based on client's availability. Participation in this program also includes weekly meetings with a case manager.
- Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services
- More information to follow. Please check back soon!
Telephone: (201) 339-9200
Address: 601 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002
We are located on Broadway, between 27th and 28th Street.
Access from Hudson-Bergen Light Rail - 22nd or 34th Street stops.
Access from numerous bus routes.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 9:00AM-7:00PM
Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed
Monday - Friday 9:00AM-3:30PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed