New mental health program opens in Burlington County

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton this month opened a new program to better help adults with mental health needs in Burlington County.

The program is called Crisis Intervention Support Services (CISS). It serves adults who are experiencing a crisis during which mental health symptoms appear. Services will last up to 30 days and are designed to support people as they manage their crisis situation, stabilize, and ultimately link with long-term support services, if needed.

The program will provide individual, group and family therapy, care coordination, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management.

Intakes will be done on a walk-in basis on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the outpatient area of Delaware House (pictured, right) at 25 Ikea Drive in Westampton.

Helping veterans – and others

The program was funded by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Catholic Charities received the grant last fall to expand its Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) work. CCBHCs are a new provider type in Medicaid, part of a national initiative to expand Americans’ access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. Components of care include 24-hour crisis care, use of evidence-based practices, care coordination, and integration with physical health care.

The new program is intended to improve services and outreach for military veterans, but is not limited to veterans.

More than 10 percent of Burlington County’s nearly 450,000 residents are veterans, according to 2016 census data. Veterans tend to have disproportionate rates of mental health disorders like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and suicide. Yet many never get needed treatment, research shows.

For help

Reach the program directly at  (609) 386-7331. Or call our Access, Help and Information Center at 1-800-360-7711.

For more information: Dana DiFilippo, communications, (609) 394-5181, ext. 1153.

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