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

Click here for a listing of County Mental Health Boards

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]