We exist to serve individuals
anywhere in New Jersey with developmental disabilities in mental health or behavioral crises. We have staff who work out of regional offices
in various parts of the state; they provide mobile response
to people who are in crisis wherever they are located. We work with the consumers, their families and staff and mental health providers by offering:
- direct response at the time of crisis in family homes, residential placements, day programs, emergency rooms
- technical support to families, sponsors, DD and mental health service providers
- link-up with relevant resources
- training for consumers, families, sponsors and service providers
- consultations at psychiatric inpatient units
The CARES program (Crisis Assessment Response and Enhanced Services) was initiated in January 1, 2016 through a grant by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). CARES replaces the former SCCAT program through Trinitas Regional Medical Center. CARES provides crisis response and stabilization service for a period up to 120 days to adults ages 21+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"Our goal is to improve the way people in crisis receive help," says Lucille Esralew, Ph.D., Director of the program. "We are now equipped to handle emergencies anywhere in New Jersey 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and we are extremely happy to be able to provide this much-needed service wherever there are people who need us."
Begin the process of getting help...
It is our mission to provide timely response wherever the consumer is in crisis. Start the process of getting help, call us: 888-393-3007
Whether you call business hours or during off-hours a clinician
will gather the
necessary information. We will advise you about next steps including phone support and/or arranging a face-to-face meeting. Whether you're calling on behalf of a consumer as a friend, family member or staff, SCCAT will work with you to get to the heart of the matter and provide whatever information or services are needed.
We welcome your calls to our toll free number 888-393-3007, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.