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Welcome to the
Bayonne Community Mental Health Center

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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. 

Acquisition by Trinitas Regional Medical Center

In 2017, the Board of Trustees of Bayonne Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) elected to have Trinitas Regional Medical Center assume ownership of the CMHC.

"We are pleased to have found a partner whose mission so closely aligns with ours," explained Joseph M. Kadian, Psy.D., President and CEO of CMHC. "With their demonstrated history of providing accessible mental health and addictions services for close to 75 years, our Board is confident that our association with Trinitas will allow the Bayonne CMHC to continue to respond to the needs of our community, ensure our commitment to our clients, and enable the Center to continue the mission that it started 46 years ago without interruption."

"This transition to ownership by Trinitas promises has been seamless. There are no plans for any interruption or major changes in the name, services, personnel, hours, location or anything else that would impact the clientele or the community," Dr. Kadian explained. Additionally, Bayonne CMHC will continue to serve all clients regardless of their ability to pay for services.

According to Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & CEO of Trinitas, "In line with Trinitas' historically strong leadership role in mental health and substance abuse treatment, the Bayonne community can expect to receive the highest level of care it has come to know and rely on during the span of the Center's 46 years of service. In the spirit of continued and future success, Trinitas plans to invest significant funding with the intention of upgrading important elements of administration, including electronic medical records, computerized registration and billing software, and high-speed telecommunications equipment."

Click here for more information on Trinitas Behavioral Health Services. If you have any questions pertaining to the transition you can contact Dr. James McCreath at 908-994-7060 or via email at jmcreath@trinitas.org.

Current News and Events

Outpatient groups currently offered:
  • 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

Our History

Inspired by the Bayonne-Jersey City Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, a broad cross-section of Bayonne residents, professionals, civic groups and institutions, along with the City of Bayonne, and the New Jersey Department of Institutions, all working together with a common spirit and goal, launched the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center in 1972. The women's group sparked the Center's creation by recognizing the need to provide local resources for the treatment of mental health problems. 

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.


Our Staff

We are staffed by licensed clinicians in several disciplines including social work, psychiatry, and marriage and family.

A variety of modalities are utilized including Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychiatric Evaluations, and Medication Monitoring.

Outpatient Services

  • Adult Services
  • Child and Family Services
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Counseling
  • Medication Management
The Outpatient counseling department is a dynamic, integral component of the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center. Services include Adult Services, Child and Family Services, Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Counseling, and Psychiatric Services. A variety of modalities are utilized including Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychiatric Evaluations, and Medication Monitoring.

We accept several ways of paying for services including many private insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare, and self-pay based on sliding scale according to income.

We provide individual counseling and additionally offer several groups including Anxiety Management, Anger Management, Introduction to Family Therapy, and Difficult Relationships.

Everyone is eligible to apply for services and our professional staff will work to provide the most appropriate services in a timely and therapeutic manner.

Partial Care - New Horizons

Our philosophy: the philosophy of New Horizons Partial Care Program is a holistic approach to a healthy mind, body, and spirit of persons with mental illness.  The focus is on the healing and recovery of the person as a whole being and not on the label of mental illness.

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.

Addiction Services

  • Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services
    • More information to follow. Please check back soon!

Employee Assistance Program by Bayside Associates

Bayside Associates is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) of the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center.

A resilient, productive workplace through Bayside Associates (EAP)
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a service purchased by an employer, organization or corporation to enhance their benefit package.  EAP services are made available to each employee and members of their immediate family free of charge.
Employers choose an EAP to assure their workplace in emotionally sound, resilient and productive.


Organizations are at risk when employees are distressed or distracted
Bayside Associates will offer employees voluntary screenings for common emotional stressors and providing short-term counseling.

Upon request, Bayside Associates will offer on-site seminars to address workplace issues such as effective communication skills, anger management, cultural diversity, or management of grief.  Trainings can be customized to meet the needs of your organization and your staff.

Bayside Associates will consult with supervisory staff when an employee has a visible decline in productivity that may be due to serious emotional illness, a physical decline, a family matter, an addictive disorder or another distressing concern.  The staff of Bayside Associates will provide timely, appropriate interventions and will monitor progress.


Our staff are skilled, dedicated, and experts in Behavioral Health
All services are provided by our licensed Mental Health Professionals.


Bayside Associates wants to serve your organization
To learn more about Bayside Associates call our Director, Barbara Hines, at (201) 339-2905.

We look forward to serving you.

Affiliations

We are affiliated with Women Rising to provide supportive housing and services for mothers in recovery.

Career Opportunities

Please check back at a later time for future career opportunities.

Internships

We have a dynamic internship program affiliated with the top universities, including Fordham University, Rutgers University, and New York University.

Contact Us

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:

Outpatient:

Monday - Thursday 9:00AM-7:00PM
Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Partial Care:

Monday - Friday 9:00AM-3:30PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

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