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.


Atlantic County

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

Program Director: Christine Miller, MSW     Family Advocates: Catherine Chiola; Portia Trader

Phone Number: (609) 652-3800


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, 114 Riverbank, Burlington, NJ 08016

Program Coordinator: Zuleika Palmer- Lyons, M.S., HS-BCP

Phone Number: (609) 386-8653


Camden County

Oaks Integrated Care, 1409 N Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Program Director: Maxine Vogt      Family Support Specialist: Marty Mushrock

Phone Number: (856) 482-8747 Ext. 59401


Cape May County

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

Program Director: Kelly Magliocco, MA      Family Support Advocate: Bernadette Moore, CRSP

Phone Number: (609)-778-6138


Cumberland County

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

Program Administrator: Mary Sauceda (Ext-256)       Program Coordinator: Doris Cunnningham (Ext-286)

Phone Number: (856) 825-6810


Essex County

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

Program Director: Marvin Gorsky           Family Counselor: Arielle Scarpelli
Family Specialist: Andrea Marana          Acute Care Family Support: Jayme Ganey and Melvern Bryan

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: Christine Maglione

Phone Number: (732) 788-6401 x 3006


Mercer County

Oaks Integrated Care, 1001 Spruce St, Suite 205, Trenton, NJ 08608

Program Director: David Kensler, LCSW         Program Coordinator: Josephline Reyes, MSW
Family Support Specialists: Amy Layng; Ethan Evans

Phone Numbers: (609) 396-6788


Middlesex County

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

Program Director: Shelly Joseph Thoms, MSW, LSW   

Phone Number: (732) 235-6184

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Monmouth County

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

Program Director: GraceAnne Talarico, LPC, ACS, MBA
Family Consultants: Anne Gans, CSW; Ron Coller, LCSW; Caren Grande, LCSW; Julie Saxe, LCSW; Linda Schoepf, MA RN; Ila Kamdar, LCSW; Magan Moskowitz-Lee, LCSW

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: Marjorie Izaguirre, BS

Phone Number: (973) 478-4444


Salem County

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

Program Director: Steven Tilley           Family Support Specialist: Valerie Cline

Phone Number: (856) 299-3200


Somerset County

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

Family Support Specialist: Jean Criscuolo

Phone Number: (908) 722-1881


Sussex County

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

Family Specialist: Carrie Parmelee            Family Counselor: Tammy Diloreto

Phone Number: (973) 702-2863, (973) 702-2859


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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: Jamie Grosslicht, M.Ed, LAC       Family Support Specialist: Laura Tapp

Phone Number: (908) 689-1000  Ext. 308


Important IFSS Contacts:

Bill Chepiga, DMHAS state IFSS Director
Phone: (609)-777-0709     Email: bchepiga@dhs.state.nj.us

Phil Lubitz, NAMI NJ  
Phone: (732)-940-0991    Email: plubitz@naminj.org