The Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) Program, funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and available in all counties, is a range of supportive activities designed to improve the quality of life for families with a mentally ill relative. Family members and professionals work collaboratively to provide each family with the knowledge, skills and supports they identify as useful to the family’s overall functioning and sense of control. Families choose from an array of services that are most relevant to their circumstances and may change over time. Services are available to any family, free of charge and regardless of whether or not the ill family member is receiving mental health services.

This is not a NAMI NJ program, although we work closely together across the state. Please contact the organizations listed below for their IFSS services.


Atlantic County

Mental Health Association in NJ, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway NJ 08205

Program Coordinator: Gail Christian, BA, CRSP

Family Advocates: Catherine Chiola

Acute Care Family Support Specialist: Linda Bastedo, BSW

Phone Number: (609) 652-3800 ext 301


Bergen County

Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (CBH Care), 395 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Program Coordinator: Lara Zucker       Family Support Counselors: Jenna Garran, Alyssa Benzoni
Early Intervention Specialist (Acute Care): Scott Mahlstedt

Phone Number: (201) 646-0333


Burlington County

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Trenton, 25 Ikea Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060

Program Coordinator: Melanie Browndorf, MS, L.P.C.

Phone Number: (609) 571-5464

Family Support Counselor:  Judy Yeboah, BS

Phone Number: (609) 571-5312


Camden County

Oaks Integrated Care, 19 E. Ormond Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Program Director: Jenea Dawkins MSW     Program Supervisor: Andrea Crea LAMFT ([email protected])

Family Support Specialists: Lori Ray and Rachael Osei

Phone Number: 609-968-6182


Cape May County

Cape May County Services, 1129 Rt. 9 South, Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210

Program Director: Kiersten Roseto, MA  Phone Number: 844-422-3632 ex: 2037

Family Support Advocate: Bernadette Moore, CRSP  Phone Number: 844-422-3632 ex: 2038


Cumberland County

Cumberland County Guidance Center, 2038 Carmel Road, PO Box 808, Millville, NJ 08332

Recovery Services Coordinator: Shawonne Patterson, MS, LSW (Ext-276)

Family Support Specialist: Honesty Barrickman (Ext-285) Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: (856) 825-6810

Fax: (856) 825-6342


Essex County

Mental Health Association of Essex County, 33 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Program Coordinator/Family Specialist: Renee Folzenlogen, MA, LPC, LPAT, ATR-BC

Family Counselor: Eileen Strungis, LAC, ATR-P

Acute Care Family Specialist: Melvern Bryan

PT Family Specialist: Monika Jastrzebski, BFA

IFSS Phone Number: (973) 509-9777



Gloucester County

New Point Behavioral Health Care, Beacon Division, 200 Hollydell Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080

Program Director: Deborah Brown      Program Coordinator: Marta Hess      Family Specialist: Wendy Jones

Phone Number: (856) 848-8054


Hudson County

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, 249 Virginia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Program Coordinator: Iskra Gomez

Phone Number: (201) 798-9925


Hunterdon County

Hunterdon Medical Center – Behavioral Health, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822

Program Coordinator: Angela Ciufo

Phone Number: 908-788-6401 x7071


Mercer County

Oaks Integrated Care, 1911 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Program Director: Jenea Dawkins MSW        Program Supervisor: Andrea Crea LAMFT ([email protected])

Family Support Specialists: Ethan Evans and Chelsea Kennedy

Phone Numbers: 609-968-6182


Middlesex County

Rutgers – University Behavioral Healthcare Middlesex County, 151 Centennial Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854

Phone Number: (732) 235-5000

IFSS/NAMI Middlesex Coping Support Group for Families (virtual)
Co-chaired with NAMI Middlesex, open to all families and friends of those with mental illness.
Evening Meetings – Thursdays Bi-weekly, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Register here | Download flyer


Monmouth County

Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, 119 Avenue at the Commons, Suite 5, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Phone Number: (732) 542-6422 Ext. 103

Monmouth Medical Center, 300 2nd Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Acute Care Family Support Specialist: Mark Dolak; Yolanda Bowers

Phone Number: (732) 923-6999


Morris County

St. Clare’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services, 50 Morris Avenue, Denville, NJ 07834

Program Coordinator: Rosaelena Klingener    Family Counselor: Tammy Diloreto
Family Peer Counselor: Gail Schafran

Phone Number:  (973) 625-7095


Ocean County

Ocean Mental Health Services, Inc., 1057 Route 9, Bayville, NJ 08721

Program Director: Mary Lough-Normile, LCSW

Phone Number: (732) 606-9573 Ext. 7012


Passaic County

Mental Health Association of Passaic County, 404 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011

Program Director: Erika Calvi, MA, LAC, NCC       Family Support Specialist: Yazmin Amigon, BA

Phone Number: (973) 478-4444

Brochure | Family Circle Support Group | Family Group Flyer (Spanish)


Salem County

Healthcare Commons, 500 Pennsville-Auburn Road, Carney’s Point, NJ 08069

Program Director: Laura Taylor          Family Support Services Specialist: Sherry Atkinson, MEC

Phone Number: (856) 299-3200


Somerset County

Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen, 540 Rt. 22 East, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Family Support Specialist: Brian Rubinstein

Phone Number: (908) 722-1881

Download Flyer


Sussex County

Cochran House, 83 Spring St., Ste. 302B, Newton, NJ

Family Specialist: Annette Hoffman, PhD

Phone Number: (973) 579-4399 Ext. 401

Brochure | Support Group Flyer


Union County

Mental Health Association of New Jersey, 673 Morris Avenue, Suite 100, Springfield, NJ 07081

Program Director: Joyce Benz, LCSW, (908) 810-1001, ext. 118

Family Support Specialist: Parantap Pandya, MA, (908) 810-1001, ext. 122

For Urgent Matters: Agency Cell Phone # (908) 303-7314


Warren County

Family Guidance Center of Warren County, 492 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882

Program Coordinator: Susan Whitehead, MS, LPC ([email protected])

Family Support Specialist: Lauren Feliciano (908-454-4470 Ext. 76364)

Phone Number: (908) 689-1000  Ext. 73308 or 908-319-9518


Important IFSS Contacts:

Enza Balestrieri, DMHAS State IFSS Director
Phone: (609)-438-4300     Email: Enza.Balestrieri@dhs.nj.gov

Jennifer Hughes, LCSW, NAMI NJ  
Phone: (732)-940-0991    Email: [email protected]