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.
Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with serious and persistent mental illness may participate in a daily structured program that is based on a model of wellness and recovery in the ACCESS Partial Hospitalization Program.
Individuals who engage in this program receive services that are culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible; the primary mode of communication is American Sign Language (ASL). Staff of this program are fluent in ASL, have backgrounds in deafness and mental health, as well as understanding of developmental disabilities that may also be present in this population.
Programming is intended to maximize client independence and community living skills, as well as to reduce psychiatric hospitalizations. Treatment is individualized to assist the consumer in achieving emotional, personal, social, physical health, and vocational goals. A variety of modalities are offered to enhance learning and achievement of goals.
For additional information, please contact:
Carol Uckar, M.A., C.I.