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Mental Health Planning Component

75 Bayard Street, 5th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-745-4518 or 732-745-4313
lori.dillon@co.middlesex.nj.us or penny.grande@co.middlesex.nj.us


Mental health conditions are among the most prevalent health concerns in the United States, affecting many adults at some time during their lifetime.  Evidence based research has demonstrated that with appropriate supports and services, mental health challenges are treatable and achieving a state of wellness and recovery is possible.  A service delivery system that is consumer focused and fully embraces a wellness and recovery approach throughout the continuum of care is an essential part of that process.

Working closely with citizen and professional advisory boards, the Division advocates to improve the mental health system and to insure that consumers have access to appropriate, accessible, consumer focused mental health supports, services and best practices. 

The Division monitors all mental health services in Middlesex County and operates as a clearinghouse for information regarding mental health services.  The Division:

  • Plans, monitors, and promotes mental health services and community education, with a focus on consumer empowerment, recovery awareness, prevention, cultural competence, and de-stigmatization. 
  • Monitors State and County funded agencies.    
  • Provides information and referral regarding the mental health services continuum of care.
  • Under the Mental Health Administration, acts as the local coordinator of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s mental health response in the event of a declared disaster or community incident and local crisis counselor training and credentialing
  • In partnership with the County Mental Health Board and Professional Advisory Committees, identifies needs and barriers within the mental health continuum of care, makes recommendations for improvement and highlights important available resources.                          

The Middlesex County Mental Health Board 

WHO ARE THEY?  Mental Health Board members are volunteers who live or work in Middlesex County and have a knowledgeable interest in mental health and wellness. 

WHAT DO THEY DO?  The Mental Health Board meets monthly to provide oversight for the mental health services continuum of care; to recommend funding; to monitor County funded programs; to provide a forum to discuss priority concerns; and to establish a mechanism for advocacy on behalf of consumers, programs and community actions.. The Board also reviews consumer grievances.

Click here for a copy of the Mental Health Board Fact Sheet

The Middlesex County Mental Health Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) & Professional Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (PACADA)

WHO ARE THEY? The Executive Directors (or designees) of mental health and addiction service providers who serve Middlesex County residents; representatives from consumer and family organizations; and State liaisons constitute the PAC / PACADA, The PAC/PACADA may also include representation from other related community or social service agencies.

WHAT DO THEY DO? As the Professional Advisory Committees to the Mental Health Board and LACADA, the PAC/PACADA meets bi-monthly as a forum to share information on best practices and issues that influence the service delivery system. 

Click here for a printed copy of our Middlesex County Mental Health Services Directory in English and Spanish

For further information on Mental Health Services, or to be considered for Mental Health Board membership, please contact: Penny Grande at 732-745-4313 or Lori Dillon at 732-745-4518 or email penny.grande@co.middlesex.nj.us or lori.dillon@co.middlesex.nj.us


NJ MentalHealthCares site provides readers with regularly updated information regarding mental health and substance use, as well as information on how to contact our Specialists.  Readers can also access our comprehensive database of over 3000 resources and services directly from the Helpline website. 

In addition, NJ MentalHealthCares is currently screening and linking Sandy survivors to available free counseling or substance abuse treatment services, making this and an even more opportune time to ensure widespread access to helpline information. 

NJ Mental Health Cares

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A mental health helpline has been established by the NJ Division of Mental Health Services for returning veterans. The new toll-free number provides immediate assistance to veterans suffering from emotional or psychological distress, as well as those having difficulty re-assimilating into civilian life after their mobilization for active duty service ends.

You may reach the helpline 24 hours, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-866 VETS-NJ4U (1-866-838-7654).

The helpline, coordinated by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ/University Behavioral HealthCare, features peer counseling, clinical assessment, and assistance to family members. The helpline provides New Jersey veterans and their families access to a comprehensive Mental Health Provider Network of mental health professionals specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other veterans' issues. All services are free and confidential.