MHANJ in Atlantic County

In October of 2013, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) in Atlantic County moved to its new location in Galloway. The Mental Health Association has been part of Atlantic County’s fabric since the late 1950’s and is an established go-to resource for mental health services and information.

“We are pleased to note the strides that the Atlantic County team has made in helping those who have mental health problems live happy and productive lives and in providing support to their family members. We recognize their contributions, along with other MHANJ staff members, to improving the mental health of those impacted by Superstorm Sandy – since day one,” stated Carolyn Beauchamp, MSW, ACSW, President and CEO of the MHANJ.

The Atlantic County’s administration and staff have certainly earned their reputation! Services they provide for adults include one-on-one peer support, advocacy, support groups, community outreach, socialization and recreational activities, job readiness preparation, community education and parent skills training.

“We are proud of our 60-plus years of service to the residents of our county,” said Vicki Phillips Executive Director of the Atlantic County Office. Over my 31 years with the Association, I am most proud of the number of innovative programs that we have developed and the dedication and commitment of the staff that run these programs.”

Super Storm Sandy Counseling and Support

MHANJ in Atlantic County’s staff jumped in while the storm was still underway to support displaced evacuees in shelters. They continue to provide support and assistance to survivors through collaborative efforts with New Hope and Healing and the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group.

Peer Outreach Support Teams (POST)
In 1986, the staff worked with consumers to create the first Peer Outreach Support Team in New Jersey. This model began when consumers involved with the ICE Wellness Center (see below) wanted to provide outreach services to consumers unwilling or unable leave their homes.

Today the model has been replicated throughout the state and employs peers, people who are in recovery themselves. Peers work to address the needs of an increasing number of consumers who lack the resources, knowledge or skills needed to the make those next steps on their roads to recovery. Peers offer other mental health consumers assistance in linking to concrete services, advocating with consumers on both an individual and systems level, and serving as role models. Atlantic POST staff works in partnership with a number of agencies and are team members alongside their Jewish Family Service (JFS) colleagues. Together they provide services in a variety of JFS programs.

Individuals in Concerted Effort Wellness Programs (ICE)

Individuals in Concerted Effort Wellness Programs (ICE) promotes an environment of support and empowerment and encompasses wellness, which includes social, spiritual, mental/emotional and physical health. ICE staff facilitates groups that meet throughout the County.

Boarding Home Outreach
The Boarding Home Outreach Program provides services to over 200 persons with mental illness living in Atlantic County’s Boarding Homes and Residential Health Care Facilities. A team of peer staff schedules visits to each home in order to explain the social and recreational services being offered by the ICE Wellness Programs. These include outings with transportation provided, such as attending sporting and cultural events, and in-home programs, such as yoga. Trained staff encourages residents to take advantage of these opportunities.

Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS)

Intensive Family Support Services (IFFS) provides support, education and advocacy for families to Atlantic County residents who have a relative with serious mental health problems. The services include education about mental illness, support with the day to day struggles related to caretaking and assistance with individual advocacy as well as opportunities to get involved with systems advocacy.

The IFSS Program in Atlantic began in 1989 and was designed with extensive input and assistance from families caring for relatives with a long history of serious mental illness. Services include support groups, individual family consultation, respite care, informational programs (psycho-educational seminars), referrals and links to other service and transportation.

The Acute Care Family Program

The Acute Family Care Program is the newest edition in services to families. Program staff assists families while their family member is in crisis and receiving services from the acute care system. Staff meets with families, who are often experiencing the mental health system for the first time. They educate the families about the illness and the system and help them navigate their way towards the help their loved one needs.

Parent Education

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Atlantic County in Atlantic County helps parents to prepare for these challenges by offering three parent education programs that range from the toddler years through the teenage years.

For more information about the Mental Health Association in New Jersey in Atlantic County contact Vicki Phillips at or 609-652-3800.

Memories from MHANJ in Atlantic’s Open House

Jaime and husbandJaime and husband Robyn and Christine

StaffAnn and internFrank and Staff

Mental Health Association in New Jersey — Atlantic County Office

4 East Jimmie Leads Road Suite 8, Galloway, NJ 08205

Services are funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.



Funding for Superstorm Sandy Recovery
Efforts through Generous Grants from:
American Red Cross Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

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