Crisis Response System

Crisis Assessment Response and Enhanced Services (CARES)

1-888-393-3007, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Crisis Assessment Response and Enhanced Services (CARES), administered through Trinitas Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health, provides crisis response and stabilization services for a period up to 120 days to adults (age 21 and older) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

CARES staff are located in regional offices and respond anywhere in New Jersey to assist individuals with I/DD  who are in mental health or behavioral crisis.   CARES can  prevent unnecessary hospitalizations by helping manage behavioral crises in place, and assisting individuals, family members and professional staff obtain needed expertise to support someone in crisis.

CARES works with individuals, their families, staff and providers by offering:

  • Direct response at the time of crisis in family homes, residential placements, day programs or emergency rooms.
  • Consultations at psychiatric inpatient units
  • Training and technical support to families, guardians, and both I/DD and mental health service providers.
  • Connection with ongoing support resources.

Additional information about CARES can be found under Mental Health Resources.