Specialized care for unique needs.

At Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), we believe in meeting people where they are and coming alongside to offer the specialized support they need. This is especially important when a person with a mental illness also has an intellectual developmental disability that results in cognitive limitations or neurological impairment.

Pathways is an individualized, outcome-oriented program for adults age 18 and older. It provides a comprehensive, structured, non-residential, interdisciplinary program to assist consumers in maximizing independence, community living, and wellness-management skills.

Treatment and Goals

The Pathways day-treatment program is open to adults age 18 and older. The goals are to stabilize psychiatric symptoms and behaviors, develop positive coping skills to deal with daily life, manage illnesses, instill hope, and encourage recovery.

Therapeutic treatment is delivered through individual and various group therapies, as well as psychiatric care and management, and involves a broad set of interdisciplinary strategies including:

  • illness management and recovery,
  • symptom identification,
  • medication therapy,
  • medication education and counseling,
  • social and interpersonal skill development,
  • case management,
  • relapse prevention,
  • wellness and recovery planning,
  • pre-vocational skills training group, and
  • transportation.

Coordination with case management, including working closely with families, group homes, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities , is a key component of the program.

Pathways was established in April 1988 in response to a request by the Bergen County Department of Human Services to develop mental-health services for intellectually/developmentally disabled adults and their families. Pathways is the first program of its kind in New Jersey.

Pathways is offered 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday
Transportation is provided, and daily attendance is highly recommended. Every effort is made to provide transportation.

Individuals may be referred by any public or private social-service provider, health-care facility or practitioner, school system, or family member. Individuals may also refer themselves.

Pathways is approved by Medicaid and Medicare, as well as most insurance plans.

To make a referral, call Pathways at (201) 848-7549, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

CHCC is a non-profit organization open to anyone regardless of race, sex, or religion

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