The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

Carter Center - Mental Health

Parity in Insurance Coverage (NAMI's position)

NJ's State Mental Health Agency

Valerie Larosiliere, Acting Assistant Commissioner
Division of Mental Health Services
50 East State Street
P.O. Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0727
Phone: 609-292-3717
Toll-Free: 800-382-6717
24 Hour Referral Hotline: 877-294-HELP (4357)
Fax: 609-777-0662

State Advocacy and Protection Program

New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
210 South Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: 609-292-9742
Toll-free: 800-922-7233 (Statewide)
TDD: 609-633-7106
Fax: 609-777-0187

Mental Health Boards by County:

Atlantic County

Sally Williams, Administrator
Atlantic County Mental Health Board
101 South Shore Road
Northfield, NJ 08225
(609) 645-7700, x4307

Local NAMI office: Heritage Square
927 N Main St - Suite B5
Pleasantville City, NJ 08232
(609) 646-9940

Bergen County

Susan K. Boggia, Administrator
Bergen County Mental Health Board
327 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652-4895
(201) 634-2753

Burlington County

Gary Miller, Administrator
Burlington CountyMental Health Board
795 Woodlane Road - PO Box 6000
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 265-5545

Camden County

Charles Steinmetz, Administrator
Camden County Mental Health Board
6981 North Park Drive East, Suite 309-310
Pennsauken, NJ 08109-4212
(856) 663-3998

Cape May County

Patricia Devaney, Administrator
Cape May County Mental Health Board
Cape May Courthouse
#4 Moore Road - DN 907
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 465-1055

Cumberland County

Jack Surrency, Administrator
Cumberland County Mental Health Board
99 West Broad Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 459-3080

Essex County

Joseph Scarpelli, D.C., Administrator
Essex County Mental Health Board
125 Fairview Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
(973) 228-8172

Gloucester County

Kathy Spinosi, Administrator
Gloucester County Mental Health Board
1340 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ  08080
(856) 681-6128

Hudson County

Robin James, Administrator
Hudson County Mental Health Board
595 County Avenue, Building 2
Secaucus, NJ 07094
(201) 369-5280, ext. 4250

Hunterdon County

Cathy Zahn, Administrator
Hunterdon County Mental Health Board
Dept. of Human Services
Community Services Annex
Building 3, Route 31
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
(908) 788-1253

Mercer County

Michele Madiou, Administrator
Mercer County Mental Health Board
640 South Broad Street - PO Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650
(609) 989-6574/6475

Middlesex County

Lori Dillon, Administrator
Middlesex County Mental Health Board
Dept. of Human Services
JFK Square - 5th floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 745-4518

Monmouth County

Barry W. Johnson, Administrator
Monmouth County Mental Health Board
DHS Building
Kozloski Road - PO Box 3000
Freehold, NJ 07728-1255
(732) 431-7200

Morris County

Laurie Becker, Administrator
Morris County Mental Health Board
Dept. of Human Services
30 Schuyler Place - CN 900
Morristown, NJ 07960-0900
(973) 285-6852

Ocean County

Tracy Maksel, Mental Health Administrator
Ocean County Mental Health Board
Dept. of Human Services
1027 Hooper Avenue, Bldg. 2
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
(732) 506-5374

Passaic County

Francine Vince, Administrator
Passaic County Mental Health Board
401 Grand Street - 5th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07503
(973) 225-3188

Salem County

Kathy Spinosi, Acting Administrator
Salem County Mental Health Board
94 Market Street
Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 339-8618

Somerset County

Pam Mastro, Administrator
Somerset County Mental Health Board
Dept. of Human Services
PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
(908) 704-6310

Sussex County

Christine Florio, Administrator
Sussex County Mental Health Board
135 Morris Turnpike
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 948-6000, ext. 226

Union County

Katie Regan, Administrator
Union County Mental Health Board
Union County Administration Bldg.
Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 527-4846

Warren County

Shannon Brennan, Administrator
Warren County Mental Health Board
Dept. of Human Services
Cummins Bldg.
202 Mansfield Street
Belvidere, NJ 07823
(908) 475-6092

If You Need Immediate Psychiatric Care:

Information on Medicare/ Medicaid

National - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Phone: 410-786-3000
Toll-free: 877-267-2323
TDD: 866-226-1819

Local - Region 2: New York Regional Office
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
26 Federal Plaza, 38th Floor
New York, NY 10278-0063
Phone: 212-616-2205
Fax: 212-264-6189

Horizon Blue Cross Coverage Info:

Psychiatrist and Therapists - Go to site and click on Provider Directory

Oxford - Specific to your plan

Oxford Behavioral Hotline: 1-800-201-6991 Mon-Fri between 8 AM and 6 PM

United Healthcare - Members Only

Aetna Healthcare

Cigna Healthcare - 800-433-5768

Parity Information

The parity law for New Jersey requires that every individual and group hospital service corporation contract that provides hospital or medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed shall provide coverage for biologically based mental illness under the same terms and conditions as provided for any other sickness Expanding mental health coverage in New Jersey.

Advanced Directives

Mental Health Advanced Directives are a relatively new phenomenon in the mental health field. They are very similar to general medical advanced directives in the sense that they give the patient power in deciding treatment options. People in a psychiatric emergency might not be able to clearly communicate their treatment options and preferences. By completing an official advanced directive (information on how to do this is below), patients can provide information such as medication preferences, restraint options, doctor and hospital preferences, and general information deemed important to that person and their treatment. To learn more about Advanced Directives, please click on the following links. Please note the legal and state issues associated with Advanced Directive when contemplating completing such a document. It is suggested that if you are currently in treatment for mental health you should ask for assistance with your mental health providers.

Sample form and info on legality in New Jersey

Copy of Advanced Directive Legislation [pdf 88k]