The Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS) serves adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Central to the Division's mission is the fact that these individuals are entitled to dignified and meaningful lives. With an operating budget of over $830 million for FY 2011 and 6,200 employees, services are available to anyone in the state who feels they need help with a mental health problem. The operating budget amount includes direct State appropriations of $774 million plus federal funds appropriations of $46 million; also, expected transfers of $7.5 million from the Department of Corrections for treatment services to individuals committed to the Sexually Violent Predator Units and $1.4 million from Health & Senior Services to return funds to the Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital; plus "Other" Appropriations of $829,000 for State Facilities Education Act costs at the hospitals and $400,000 for the Law Enforcement Officers Crisis Intervention Services Hotline (i.e., "Cop-2-Cop"). To learn more about how to receive services:
Major Initiatives and Reports:▪ Directory of Mental Health Services
▪ Block Grant Application - 2014-2015
Each year, DMHS serves over 4,000 people who, for some period of time, require intensive inpatient treatment in state psychiatric hospitals and over 273,000 people who are able to live more independently and use services in their own communities. In addition, DMHS supports through direct funding and other means approximately 7,000 people, who require inpatient treatment from the six county-operated psychiatric units/hospitals, as well as formally approving (via a formal designation process) the quality of inpatient care provided by Short Term Care Facilities in local general hospitals. To do this, DMHS employs over 6,200 people and operates an annual budget of more than $830.3 million. DMHS is committed to helping the people it serves find the treatment and support services they need in the least restrictive setting possible. The Division works closely with other state agencies, consumers, family members, providers and mental health advocates whenever possible and always strives to promote opportunities for mental health consumers to live, work, socialize and learn as fully as possible in their own communities.
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222 South Warren Street
P.O. Box 700
Trenton, N.J. 08625
Division of Mental Health Services
(800) 382-6717 (Toll-Free)