Bayonne Community Mental Health Center

Trinitas Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry’s primary mission is the same as it was 50+ years ago – to address the mental health care needs of individuals, families, and institutions in the City of Bayonne and surrounding communities.

For decades, our center has provided essential mental health programs to the residents of Bayonne and neighboring communities, including child, adolescent, and adult outpatient psychiatric services, child and family therapy programs, child abuse and domestic violence programs, crime victims' services, partial care programs for adults with serious mental illness, adult and outpatient addictions services, and a variety of successful community awareness and outreach programs.

Our specific aims are to:

  • Reduce the severity of the psychological symptoms which diminish individuals' ability to live freely and productively in their home and community
  • Help individuals develop their psychological and social strengths to improve personal and social functioning
  • Help individuals experience a greater sense of self-determination, satisfaction, and connection with others

How We Help

Trinitas Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry provides effective behavioral health services delivered by exceptional staff who work together with respect and compassion for the patients they serve. Our wide range of behavioral health treatments help patients face the stress of daily life, the challenges of aging, and finding alternatives to chemical dependency. We offer our comprehensive services to children and adults in a diverse range of settings, from our mobile crisis unit to our emergency department, as well as in inpatient and outpatient settings. Our multidisciplinary, bilingual staff includes board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, substance abuse counselors, creative art therapists, and other expert support staff.

In the spirit of continued and future success, our center plans to invest significant funding with the intention of upgrading important elements of administration, including electronic medical records, computerized registration and billing software, and high-speed telecommunications equipment.

Click here for more information on the Trinitas Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry. If you have any questions pertaining to the transition, you can contact Dr. James McCreath at (908) 994-7060 or via email at jmcreath@trinitas.org.

​Our History

In 1972, we started with a staff of 3 professionals, 2 volunteers, and a budget of $41,000. Many groups worked together with the City of Bayonne and the New Jersey Department of Institutions to launch Bayonne Community Mental Health Center. Since we opened 50 years ago, we have united with a common spirit and goal: to provide local resources for the treatment of mental health problems. In the first year, our team rendered 300 mental health visits.

Within a few short years, the center became a contracted provider with the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Hospitals to deliver psychiatric and mental health services to individuals and families. The center received funding to provide outpatient services to patients of all ages, a partial-care program for the chronically mentally ill, as well as consultation and education, Liaison and Case Management Services. In addition, the center introduced two SSBG-funded programs, administered by the Division of Youth and Family Services: child abuse and domestic violence, and alcohol and drug abuse services. The Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Program continues to this day.

In 1998, our center became an affiliate of the newly formed Bayonne Health Care System. As a result, our center assumed overall responsibility for the management and direction of Bayonne Behavioral Health - an integrated continuum of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services provided by Bayonne Hospital and the CMHC. With an operating budget of close to $4 million, Bayonne Behavioral Health provided a seamless continuum of services to the community. It included a 15-bed adult psychiatric unit, an acute partial hospitalization program, adult and adolescent outpatient addictions programs, and 24-hour psychiatric emergency and crisis intervention services. In October 1999, Bayonne Behavioral Health, under the direction of the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center, was accredited by JCAHO.

By 2002, the Center and Bayonne Hospital dissolved their affiliation, and once again, the center became a freestanding community mental health center. In April that same year, responding to the needs of the community, the center sought and secured full licensure by the Department of Health, Division of Addictions Services, to provide intensive outpatient substance abuse services to adults, adolescents and their families.

In 2007 and 2008, the center entered into collaboration with Women Rising to provide substance abuse services at Project Home in Jersey City, and one with the United Way of Hudson County to provide mental health case management and consultation services to a population of homeless individuals seeking housing at scattered sites throughout Hudson County.

Today, we are housed in two facilities 42 professional and administrative staff and a publicly supported budget of $1.5 million. The Bayonne Community Mental Health Center is fully accredited by JCAHO, holds 4 State licenses, receives over 2,000 requests for service each year, and renders nearly 34,000 mental health and substance abuse units of service per year to Bayonne adults, adolescents, and children.

Our Staff

We are staffed by licensed clinicians in several disciplines including social work, psychiatry, and marriage and family. A variety of modalities are utilized, including Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychiatric Evaluations, and Medication Monitoring.

Outpatient Service

Our outpatient offerings include:

  • Adult services
  • Child and family services
  • Domestic violence and sexual abuse counseling
  • Medication management

​The Outpatient counseling department is a dynamic, integral component of the Bayonne Community Mental Health Center. Services include Adult Services, Child and Family Services, Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Counseling, and Psychiatric Services. A variety of modalities are utilized, including Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Psychiatric Evaluations, and Medication Monitoring.

We provide individual counseling and additionally offer several groups, including Anxiety Management, Anger Management, Introduction to Family Therapy, and Difficult Relationships. Everyone is eligible to apply for services and our professional staff will work to provide the most appropriate services in a timely and therapeutic manner.

Partial Care - New Horizons

The philosophy of New Horizons’ Partial Care Program is a holistic approach to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. The focus is on the healing and recovery of the person as a whole being and not on the label of mental illness. New Horizons Partial Care Program provides daily group activities, including music therapy, spirituality and recovery, stress reduction, groups for men and women, multicultural awareness, cinema therapy, and more.

Hours of Operation

Outpatient: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed on weekends and holidays.

Partial Care: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and closed on weekends and holidays.

To reach the Trinitas Department of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry, please call (201) 339-9200. We are located at 601 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002, and we are between 27th and 28th Street.