The Mission of MHCP is helping adults, children and families grow stronger by finding mental balance, building life and coping skills and improving overall wellbeing. The main focus of MHCP’s intervention is to help clients become positive, productive members of their communities. The Mental Health Center of Passaic is a private, not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) community organization licensed by the NJ Department of Human Services and the NJ Department of Children & Families. Governed by a Board of Directors, the Mental Health Center of Passaic employs more than 100 professionals, para-professionals and support staff.
The Mental Health Center of Passaic is committed to diversity and inclusion by fostering a culture that values differences and similarities. Our standard of practice is to exist as a fair, equitable and inclusive organization that aligns with and supports our clients, our workforce, and the communities that we serve.
Vigorous innovative growth has been a hallmark of the Mental Health Center of Passaic since its beginnings.
In July 1967, the Mental Health Center of Southern Passaic County is incorporated as a merger of St. Mary’s Hospital Child Guidance Clinic in Passaic and a branch office of the Center for Mental Health Services in Paterson. The Center is initially located in the old Passaic City Hall on Passaic Avenue (now part of the administration building of the Passaic Board of Education). It serves about 125 individuals (only one bi-lingual English/Spanish) with a staff of six (all but one part-time) with an annual budget of $60,000.
In 1968 the Center’s name is changed to the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic.
In 1972, as an outpatient arm of the Community Mental Health Clinic of Passaic and Clifton, the Clinic embarks on its specialization of mental health services to children. The Therapeutic Children’s Program, a partial care/day treatment program for emotionally disturbed children between ages 2 ½ and 6, is established and operates out of the sub-basement of St. John’s Lutheran Church on Lexington Avenue.
Em 1975, com um subsídio federal e estadual combinado, a Clínica adquire e renova o edifício 111 da Lexington Avenue e continua a defender a prestação de serviços infantis. Naquele ano, o Programa Terapêutico Infantil muda-se para espaço no Passaic Boys and Girls Club.
Em 1976, a clínica abre o Family Center, uma unidade de tratamento intensivo de abuso infantil e negligência que atende Passaic e Clifton. O Family Center, um serviço comunitário voltado para a família que visa aqueles que vivenciam comportamentos abusivos e / ou negligentes, está localizado no complexo habitacional Alfred Speer Village.
No final dos anos 1970 a Clínica passa a oferecer atendimento psiquiátrico ao Sistema Escolar Passaic.
The 1980’s bring a continued push for children’s mental health services but with minimal state dollars. The Clinic sees an increase in money problems. As services increase, it becomes difficult to fund new programs.
Em 1982, a Clínica estabeleceu o Children's Outreach Home Visiting Advocacy Program, um programa que atende jovens e suas famílias em todo o condado de Passaic. Muitos desses jovens estão voltando para casa após hospitalização psiquiátrica e podem se beneficiar de serviços para ajudá-los a serem integrados em suas comunidades. O nome do programa posteriormente muda para Programa de cuidado comunitário.
Naquele mesmo ano (1982), o Family Center muda-se de Speer Village para Passaic YMCA.
In 1982 the Therapeutic Children’s Program is renamed the Ida Gurtman Therapeutic Children’s Program in honor of its benefactor Mrs. Ida (William) Gurtman. The program also moves from the Passaic Boys & Girls Club to the Ahavas Israel Passaic Park Jewish Community Center.
Em 1993, a Clínica expande o Programa de Serviços para Jovens em Escolas para incluir a Passaic Lincoln Middle School.
Em 1994, a Clínica começa a fornecer serviços de consultoria para Youth Haven, uma residência para adolescentes localizada em Paterson.
At this time it is evident to the Center that its growth has necessitated a search for another facility. In 1995 the Center is awarded a State Construction Grant for the purchase of a new building.
In 1997, at the Clifton building, the Clinic opens a second unit of the Ida Gurtman Therapeutic Children’s Program to serve Clifton and Paterson and the surrounding areas. That same year School Based Youth Services (SBYSP) relocates from the Presbyterian Church basement to rented space in a building across from Passaic High School.
No final da década de 1990, a SBYSP, por meio de sua Iniciativa de Prevenção da Gravidez na Adolescência, uniu-se ao Passaic Beth Israel Hospital and Planned Parenthood para fornecer uma Clínica de Saúde para Adolescentes. Hoje, a Clínica de Saúde para Adolescentes é um esforço conjunto entre o Centro de Saúde Qualificado com Financiamento Federal North Hudson e a SBYSP.
In 1999, in collaboration with St. Clare’s Hospital, the Clinic embarks on a joint project to address the mental health needs of the adult population. The Clinic co-sponsors the first Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse Initiative and continues into the present to increase services to the adult population needing medication monitoring
Em 2000, a Clínica contrata o Passaic Board of Education para fornecer Educação Infantil e abre duas aulas da Abbott no Ahavas Israel Passaic Park Community Center. O arranjo contratual continua até 2011, quando o Conselho de Educação Passaic inaugura uma nova escola de Educação Infantil.
In 2001 the Clinic partners with the Passaic Board of Education to provide the 21st Century Community Learning Center / Quality of Life after-school program at three Passaic schools. In 2005 federal funding is replaced by state funding until 2013.
Em 2003, o Gerenciamento de Casos Juvenis foi aumentado de um Gerente de Caso para dois, depois para quatro e, em 2004, foi aumentado para treze Gerentes de Caso com um Diretor de Programa. Torna-se necessário realocar o Programa da Avenida Van Houten 1451 para um espaço alugado em uma igreja local.
Em setembro de 2005, a Clínica de Saúde Mental de Passaic recebe uma bolsa para fornecer o New Jersey After 3, um programa pós-escolar, na escola primária #6 de Passaic, Martin Luther King Jr..
In 2005 the Clinic purchases the building directly across the street from Passaic High School (that it had been renting) for the School Based Youth Services Program. The building houses the SBYSP administrative office and the Parent Linking Program with its Child Care Center, “Baby Steps.”
In January 2007, the Clinic expands New Jersey After 3 Program into School #11 in Passaic. The Clinic continues to operate this program at both schools until 2010, when funding is cut. The program at School #11 closes and the Clinic focuses on continuing to provide after-school programming at School # 6.
Em 2012, com as mudanças no sistema de atendimento infantil em New Jersey, o programa Youth Case Management foi incorporado à Passaic County Care Management Organization.
Em 2013, a Clínica tem parceria com o Passaic Board of Education para executar o Programa de Dia Prolongado / Ano Prolongado Após a Escola para o ano letivo 2013-2014.
Due to lack of funds, the Clinic’s after school program at Passaic School # 6 is closed at the end of the 2013-2014 academic school year. During July and August 2014, the Clinic collaborates with the Passaic Board of Education for the “Jump into Summer” recreation program.
No outono de 2014, a Clínica tem parceria com o Passaic Board of Education para o Programa ACCESS After School.
Starting in 2015, the Clinic continues its long-standing partnership with the Passaic Board of Education’s ACCESS After School Program. This partnership continues through the 2019-2020 School Year.
The Passaic Board of Education partnership continues with Jump into Summer 1-5 PM program from 2014-2019.
In August 2016, the Ida Gurtman Therapeutic Children’s Program changes locations from High Street in Passaic to 35 Orange Avenue in Clifton. This move reestablishes our previous relationship with Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church.
In October 2016, the Clinic is donated office space in 124 Gregory Avenue, Passaic. This generous donation by Arnold and Ruth Shurkin. allows the Clinic to open the Outpatient Annex facility in October 2017.
The Clinic purchases 108-114 Hoover Avenue in Passaic in November 2017 to expand Outpatient Services.
In March of 2020, the Clinic adapts to tele-health services for the first time in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our client services are never interrupted due to our HIPPA compliant platform.
After extensive renovations and generous donations from benefactors including The Nicholas Martini Foundation, The Estate of Ida Gurtman, The Kearny Bank Foundation and the Turrell Fund, the Outpatient Family Center at Hoover Avenue opens in June 2021.
On October 27, 2021, the Hoover Ave building has its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony as The Martini Family Building of the Mental Health Center of Passaic.