Need Support Now?

Call or text 988—or chat if you or someone you know needs crisis support.

988 offers free, confidential, 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress.

That could be:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health or substance use crisis
  • Any kind of emotion distress

Access and Visiting Hours

Trenton Visitation Protocol

Visits must be scheduled in advance by calling the TPH Visitation hotline at 609-633-1545 and leaving a message.

In person visiting hours are:

Monday - Friday:  6:30pm to 8:00pm (visitors must arrive before 7:30pm).

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 1:30pm to 3:00pm (visitors must arrive before 2:30pm) and 6:30pm to 8:00pm (visitors must arrive before 7:30pm).

Virtual Visits can be requested by calling 609-633-1545.

Please click on the Trenton Visitation Protocol letter above for more detailed information.


Internships and Residencies

TPH offers a Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology.

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Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Address: Sullivan Way - P.O. Box 7500, West Trenton, New Jersey 08628

Phone: 609-633-1500


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Trenton Psychiatric Hospital (TPH) is a 400-bed psychiatric hospital serving a designated New Jersey population.

Dorothea Lynde Dix, a pioneer in the care of the mentally ill, founded New Jersey State Hospital (TPH, today) in the 1840s. Honored in the nursing profession as an American scholar and educator and a lifelong psychiatric crusader, Ms. Dix retired at the age of 80 to a private apartment set aside for her at TPH, where she remained until her death in 1887.

TPH believes in providing a holistic approach to patient care, from the initial assessment to the treatment of the human response to actual or potential health problems. TPH staff ensure the patient and the patient's family competent, compassionate care as we collectively achieve individualized patient care goals.

Board of Trustees

The Board is responsible for advancing long range planning for medical care, correctional and training programs at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital 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.


Melissa Orsen
Amanda DePalma
Ryan Goodwin
Jennifer Duffy
David Reiner
Susan Rubino

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Stratton Building Board Room (5th Floor).

Meeting Minutes

Last Reviewed: 5/2/2024