Intensive Family Support Services

Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) provides help to families dealing with the mental illness of a loved one in Hudson County. Services are provided free of charge and IFSS workers meet with families in their home, the office, or some other agreed upon meeting place.

We believe that with the right combination of support, empowerment and access to resources, families can better cope with the stress that comes from caretaking for a family member diagnosed with mental illness.

Services Include:

Outreach and Engagement: Initial education regarding IFSS services.

Intake/Needs Assessment: IFSS worker and family members will identify family needs, strengths, beliefs, hopes, dreams, expectations, and goals.

Family Service Planning: The family and IFSS worker will devise a working plan based on the needs identified by the family.

Counseling and Consultation: Worker will provide support, information, education, and crisis consultations in order to reduce family stress, arrive at solutions and enhance coping skills.

Advocacy: IFSS will promote activities with or on behalf of families that will help them get what they need from community service providers, other family members, or others.

Linkages: IFSS will provide information, referral and direct assistance to family members in need of a particular service or entitlement.

Respite Services: We believe that families may need a short period of rest or relief from their daily stresses. IFSS workers will provide respite for the families themselves, for the family member diagnosed with mental illness, or a combination of the two depending on the families´┐Ż needs.

Psycho-educational /Support Groups: Educational sessions will be offered to families on an on-going basis. Topics include: symptoms/causes/epidemiology of mental illness, medication issues, systems issues and care issues for the family. Support group sessions are also offered.

Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS)
249 Virginia Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07304

Telephone #: 201-798-9925

Facebook: IFSS Hudson-Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark

John Westervelt
Chief Executive Officer

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