Based at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson and funded by the NJ State Division of Mental Health Services, ACCESS provides community-based mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing people throughout New Jersey. The offices are located at 646 Broadway in Paterson, New Jersey.
ACCESS operates a licensed group home for deaf and hard of hearing individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who have been discharged from state or county psychiatric hospitals and who require the highest level of support (24 hours a day) in the community. All services are provided in a home-like environment by staff that utilizes American Sign Language (ASL) and other visual-gestural means of communication to communicate with residents.
Consumers are involved in recovery-based activities that develop and/or enhance community living skills through experiential learning, including such activities as: communication skills, hygiene and grooming, interpersonal relations, personal responsibility, food preparation/shopping, and recreational activities.
Apartment services are offered to individuals who require less supervision in the community. These consumers receive anywhere from 4-12 hours of support on a daily basis by counselors who assist in activities such as medication monitoring, banking, doctor's appointments, and budgeting.
The atmosphere of recovery is promoted by demonstrating caring and respect for consumers and building on their strengths, talents, coping abilities and resiliencies.
For additional information, please contact:
Carol Uckar, M.A., C.I.