Exceptional Standards of Care
Raritan Bay Medical Center is accredited by the Joint commission (TJC), licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and approved by Medicare, Medicaid and most major medical insurance providers. With locations in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network, a major clinical affiliate of UMDNJ Robert Wood Jonson Medical School, and an affiliate of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
A wide range of outpatient mental health programs are offered through Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Perth Amboy location and at the hospital’s Bay Family Medicine practice in Old Bridge. This expanding service provides comprehensive assessment, counseling and medication management for individuals with any type of psychiatric disorder, including those associated with older adults. Additionally, both sites host support groups for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
In some cases, mental illness may require hospitalization. Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Perth Amboy location maintains a dedicated, 26-bed inpatient unit for adults with acute psychiatric needs. Based on a biopsychosocial model of care, our clinical team provides thorough evaluation, diagnosis and individualized treatment for all major behavioral health conditions, including geriatric patients with dementia and those suffering from severe depression, anxiety and other disorders. Individual, group and recreational therapies are utilized to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning and resume their roles in the community. Additionally, board certified/board eligible general and geriatric psychiatrists are available around-the-clock to assist patients in the hospital’s medical/surgical units who may have underlying or emerging mental health conditions.
Raritan Bay Medical Center is fully prepared to handle psychiatric emergencies through its Crisis Stabilization Unit located at Perth Amboy. Housed within the emergency department, the area is uniquely designed to care for adults and children experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Experienced crisis counselors and trained psychiatric nurses are available 24 hours a day for onsite evaluation, and through consultation with on call psychiatrists, can make immediate treatment recommendations to resolve the crisis situation.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a serious mental health problem, please call Raritan Bay Medical Center’s crisis hotline to speak with an experienced mental health counselor. This free, confidential service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 732.442.3794.
Education & Outreach
As part of our commitment to behavioral health, Raritan Bay Medical Center offers a diverse array of educational programs for area residents and the medical community.
Our mental health professionals provide free lectures, workshops and screenings for depression and other disorders in various public venues along with training for fellow practitioners. All outreach services aim to increase awareness about mental illness as well as access to effective, high quality treatment.
Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, memory loss or another mental health problem? Do you care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia? We can help.
We’re all aware of the impact that cancer, diabetes and other diseases can have on one’s health. Many don’t realize, however, that mental illnesses play an equally significant role in total wellness. And they’re just as common. An estimated 57.7 million Americans, or one in four adults, has some type of behavioral health disorder. They affect individuals of all ages and backgrounds, triggering physical as well as psychological symptoms, and represent the leading cause of disability in the United States for young adults.
Nevertheless, there is reason for great hope. With professional treatment, most people with mental illness can enjoy a better quality of life. Our goal is to help patients manage their conditions to achieve optimal health, renewed independence and the freedom to live full, productive lives.
Over the past 30 years, Raritan Bay Medical Center has led the way for hundreds of community residents through its behavioral health services. This vital and growing component of the hospital’s continuum of care offers an integrated approach to healing, recovery and wellness for those facing mental health challenges. Our broad spectrum of services includes inpatient, outpatient and crisis intervention programs provided by a compassionate, multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed clinical social workers and other specialized professionals.
Understanding Mental Illness
Mental illnesses are true medical conditions that affect an individual’s thinking, feeling, mood, relationships and daily functioning. Left untreated, these disorders can be debilitating and trigger such problems as substance abuse, unemployment, isolation and additional impairments. Some common mental illnesses include dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and eating disorders. While behavioral health problems are prevalent, up to 90 percent of those afflicted can recover with professional intervention.
For More Information
To learn more about Raritan Bay Medical Center’s behavioral health services or to schedule an assessment with one of our psychiatrists, call 732.324.5199.