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Visiting Hours

Ann Klein Visitation Protocol

All in-person, window visits or virtual visits must be scheduled by contacting the Department of Social Services through the Center’s main phone number, 609-633-0892.

Visiting hours are as follows:

Unit 1 – Sunday: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Unit 2 – Sunday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Unit 3 Monday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Unit 4 – Tuesday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Unit 5 – Wednesday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Unit 6 – Thursday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Unit 7 – Friday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Unit 8 – Saturday: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Ann Klein Forensic Center

Address: 1609 Stuyvesant Ave, Trenton, NJ 08626

Phone: 609-633-0900


For all billing questions as they relate to Accounts Payable email: DOH-MHS-AKFCAccountsPayable@doh.nj.go

For anything related to Patient Accounts email:

The Ann Klein Forensic Center, a 200-bed facility, is the state's newest psychiatric hospital and serves a unique population that requires a secured environment. Our facility provides care and treatment to individuals suffering from mental illness who are also within the legal system.

The clients at Ann Klein Forensic Center are special in many respects and require an interdisciplinary team approach. The care plan is comprised of both independent and interdependent contributions from our staff and is communicated to the medical security officer assigned to each client. We work as a team, with each member treating the other with courtesy, consideration, and respect. We serve our clients without judgment, applying professional knowledge and skill to achieve a positive outcome.

Safety is an important component in our work for both the clients and the staff. Every aspect of this is closely monitored for compliance so an environment of physical and emotional safety will be maintained for everyone.

Board of Trustees

The Board is responsible for advancing long range planning for medical care, correctional and training programs at Ann Klein Forensic Center and for maintaining general oversight of the facility. In addition, the Board has the authority to review institutional needs, exercise visitation privileges and develop a comprehensive master plan, including priorities for construction and development of new programs with the Commissioner of Health and his/her staff. The Board may also recommend and advise the Commissioner on building programs, control and determine the use of patient welfare funds, and review and comment on budget requests. Furthermore, the Board is empowered to review periodically existing programs of care, training, rehabilitation and other such matters. Finally, the Board shall authorize studies and require reports from the chief executive officer, and present to the Commissioner recommendations as it deems necessary.

Special Requirements:  Members shall be appointed by the State Board of Human Services subject to the Governor's approval. The members shall be residents of the State of New Jersey and shall be considered for appointment without respect to political affiliations or beliefs. The statute requires that there shall be at least 2 women on the Board.


Richard Higgins
Rafael Aviles
Steve Vardakis
Linda Elias

Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise notified, all Board meetings will be held as follows:

Ann Klein Forensic Center
Stuyvesant Avenue
Trenton, NJ  08628
Court/Board Conference Room

All meetings are at 10:30 a.m. on the third Monday of each month, unless a State Holiday falls on that day, in which case it will be the fourth Monday of the month.

Meeting minutes

Last Reviewed: 6/10/2024