As people age, they are confronted with physical, emotional and social
changes that can be difficult to manage, even with the devoted support
of family and friends. Elderly patients experience many changes in their
lives which make them more vulnerable to disease, notably, depression.
Often the lines are not clear as to whether a patient’s problem
is depression, dementia, or a medical illness emerging as a behavioral

Within the RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Network, our compassionate
teams of geriatric psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical social
workers, and adjunct therapists work alongside our elderly patients and
their families to achieve the best outcomes.

Our New Jersey facilities offer a complete range of inpatient and outpatient
mental health services for geriatric patients. Treatments vary based on
the severity of problems, but include psychotherapy, medications, home
health care, outpatient programs structured for maintaining a high level
of independence, and hospitalization providing a structured therapeutic
approach in an appropriate environment.

Access Center offers 24-hour support and consultative services to help you find the
very best behavioral healthcare in New Jersey. For more information or
to make an appointment, call

Learn more about our geriatric behavioral health services below.

Geriatric Behavioral Health Services at Clara Maass Medical Center –
Belleville, NJ

Inpatient Care

Geriatric and Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) offers an array of comprehensive,
high-quality inpatient behavioral health services that address the needs
of the growing population of individuals aged 65 and older who are struggling
with mental health issues. Our multidisciplinary team develops exclusive
treatment plans to help stabilize older adults suffering from dementia-related
behavioral problems, depression, severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, and
psychotic illness.

Located on-site at CMMC in the Continuing Care Building, the 22-bed inpatient
voluntary unit complements the Medical Center’s existing 20-bed
behavioral health involuntary inpatient unit. Services include:

  • Intensive, patient-centered behavioral health services directed by a board-certified
  • Comprehensive psychiatric assessment
  • Individualized treatment
  • One-on-one intervention
  • Psychiatric medication management
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Behavioral health education
  • Creative art and recreational therapy
  • Pet therapy

Geriatric Behavioral Health Services at the RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Center – Toms River, NJ

Inpatient and Outpatient Care

As a leader in mental health and substance abuse treatment in New Jersey, the
RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Center (BHBHC) offers clients, their families, and caregivers unparalleled access to
a full continuum of behavioral health care services including those that
specifically address geriatric psychiatric care. From short‐term psychiatric
care to ongoing support, we provide a comprehensive array of mental and
behavioral health programs designed for older adults. Our services include:

  • 24‐hour crisis intervention and emergency psychiatric screenings
  • inpatient geriatric psychiatric care
  • partial hospitalization programs
  • intensive outpatient counseling services
  • outpatient services

S-COPE – Statewide Clinical Outreach Program for the Elderly at Trinitas
Regional Medical Center – Elizabeth, NJ

Outpatient Care for Long-Term Care Settings

S-COPE is a community-based, grant-funded program through the NJ Division of
Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered by Trinitas Regional
Medical Center. S-COPE provides crisis response, consultation, and training
for the management of psychiatric and behavioral issues in older adults
residing in long-term care settings. Services are provided by a multi-disciplinary
team consisting of a geriatric psychiatrist, geriatric advanced nurse
practitioner, registered nurse, licensed social worker, and masters level
clinicians. All services are free of charge.

S-COPE services are accessed by screening centers, psychiatric in-patient
units, and Long-term care facilities. For more information call
855-718-2699 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


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