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Easter Seals New Jersey Residential Programs for People with Mental Illness

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“To say that my life was in complete disarray would be an understatement. I was spinning out of control and I desperately needed help to back on my feet.  Nobody thought I would stay out of the hospital, but I did…”

Management of one’s mental health issues which can include a variety of diagnoses, including depression, addition, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and others makes coping with everyday stress difficult for individuals and families alike.

Understanding one’s diagnosis and learning coping skills like managing medications, improving communication skills, and cultivating independence, are all part of Easter Seals’ residential programs.

Easter Seals NJ's Behavioral Health Residential Services provide supportive housing, integrated case management, and mental health care services at 60+ group homes statewide.

The residences range from those supervised on a 24-hour basis to those with light supervision on a weekly basis. Individuals are placed in residences depending on the level of supervision necessary.

Criteria: Most individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in need of a supervised residential environment in order to maintain themselves within their community are referred to Easter Seals through state psychiatric hospitals, local community mental health providers, and acute care facilities.

Counties:  Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Warren

Can You Help Make this winter a Little Warmer for Someone in Need at Easter Seals by Donating a Warm Coat, Some Canned Goods, or Baby Necessities?

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All throughout the year, but especially during the winter time, Easter Seals understands how many people are struggling for even the most basic of necessities, such as a warm meal or clothing, and other basic necessities.

Easter Seals New Jersey provides residential services to people with mental illness and behavioral health needs, developmental disabilities, and people who are homeless and in need of safe and stable housing. Hundreds of people arrive at one of these Easter Seals' residential facilities with no belongings.

So, while most of us are deciding which coat to wear, or which meal to cook, many are without that choice.

This post-holiday season, while you're making room in your closets and pantries for holiday gifts and left-over trimmings, can you find it in your heart to spare a like-new or gently used warm coat, some extra canned goods, or much needed baby necessities such as diapers for a person in need?

Canned food items and new, like-new, or gently-used (and pre-cleaned) warm winter coats can be dropped off at any of the following Easter Seals locations throughout New Jersey:

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