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In case of emergencies, Veteran or family members should call 911.
Veteran is in crisis should call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).
Emergency services are located at the East Orange Campus. Veterans are evaluated and treated 24/7. o East Orange Campus 385 Tremont Ave. East Orange, NJ 07018
Walk-in services are available at the Lyons Campus Monday – Friday from 8:00-4:00. o Lyons Campus 151 Knollcroft Rd. Lyons, NJ 07939
For urgent care situations, if the Veteran is currently being treated in a VA outpatient mental health program(s), the Veteran should contact his/her Mental Health Treatment Coordinator Monday - Friday. The emergency department can be used for urgent care matters on the weekends and after hours during the week.
There is a suicide prevention team to assist Veteran who are at high risk for suicide. The Suicide Prevention Coordinators are: Barbara Kwasnik (973-676-1000 x 3566) in East Orange or Virginia Mickolajczyk (908-647-0180 x4410) in Lyons.
Mission Statement. It is the mission of VA NJ Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences (MH&BS) service line to provide recovery-oriented and accessible mental health services to our Veterans and to achieve excellence in mental health care, education and research in a supportive environment.
Vision Statement. To be a model of patient-centered, strengths-based and holistic mental health care aimed at facilitating recovery and community integration for our Veterans.
Recovery and community reintegration are a guiding principle for program development.
Each Veteran is treated with dignity in the lease restrictive setting in a safe environment.
Continuity of care will be maximized.
Veterans will be meaningfully involved in planning service delivery and in strength-based individualized treatment planning.
Treatment will be the most cost-effective available.
A single level of care, appropriate to the needs of the Veteran, will be available at all sites.
Family education and involvement is encouraged.
Research to improve the understanding of the nature of mental illnesses and its optimal treatment is encouraged.
VA New Jersey Health Care System (VA NJHCS) should be an employer of choice for mental health staff.
Professional identity and competency will be maintained.
Barriers to use of mental health services for medically ill Veterans need to be eliminated.
All Veterans requiring mental health services deserve high quality coordinated medical care.
VA New Jersey Health Care System (VA NJHCS) should be an employer of choice for mental health staff
Associate Chief of Staff/Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences: Dr. Saila Donepudi Deputy Associate Chief of Staff/Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences: Dr. Manjula Chilakapati
VA New Jersey Health Care System has a strong partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), New Jersey which allows us to offer Family to Family Education Classes. This 12-week course is taught by NAMI teachers free of charge to family members of Veterans with mental health conditions. Contact Mike Jones for more information about upcoming classes at (732) 245-3913.
VA NJHCS is deeply committed to training young professionals in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and social work. The following are training opportunities:
The Medical School and Residency Training Programs for Psychiatry are affiliated with the two Campuses of Rutgers Medical School (Piscataway and Newark.) Students and Residents learn from being in a wide variety clinical settings with varied populations. For Newark Campus inquiries contact Dr. Manjula Chilakapati at 973-676-1000 x3122 or by email at Manjula.Chilakapati@va.gov. For Piscataway Campus inquiries contact Dr. Maureen Kaune at 908-647-0180 x 4596 or x4598 or by email at Maureen.Kaune@va.gov.
The Psychology Internship Training Program offered by the VA New Jersey Health Care System is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our primary goal is to train professional psychologists capable of providing a wide range of psychological services to a heterogeneous patient population. Our internship training program is well-established with considerable experience in preparing psychologists to make the step from a graduate student to practicing professional. For more information contact Dr. Norman Mosley at 908-647-1080 x6442 or Norman.Mosley@va.gov.
The Social Work Internship Training program is for Masters of Social Work (MSW) students. As a VA social work intern, you will have the opportunity to learn and serve side-by-side with teams in numerous clinical areas. Administrative internships are also available. By providing quality field instruction, VA social work interns have an opportunity to put theory into practice, engage with other social workers and develop their professional identity. For more information contact Mr. Mark Correale, LCSW at 973-676-1000 x5126 in East Orange and Ms. Carol Cashin 908-647-0780 x4788 in Lyons.
VA NJHCS is part of the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation.
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