Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS)
Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) at Saint Clare’s provides
support and education to families or significant caregivers of people
with serious mental illness.
Our team is comprised of master-level licensed practitioners and peer advocates,
who work collaboratively to ensure client and family needs are met. The
IFSS team serves families in Morris and Sussex Counties, providing individualized
care and support during daytime and evening hours. Access to service is
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mental illness can have a profound effect on the lives of those affected
and can be equally devastating to their families. Family members see someone
they care about suffering with a mental illness, living a life of isolation,
fear and shame, sometimes struggling to understand what has caused mental
illness and what they could have done to prevent it.
IFSS focuses attention on the family system. Families become the primary
caregivers for loved ones experiencing mental illness, so the need for
the family to feel protected, supported and in control of their situation
is vital to the survival of that system.
Psychoeducation: IFSS hosts workshops for families, and caregivers, focused on information
that is timely and relevant for those enrolled. Topics include understanding
mental illness, symptoms, medication management, coping techniques, stress
reduction strategies, community resources, and entitlements.
Family Consultation: IFSS staff meet with families to provide information and consultation.
Sessions focus on problem solving and coping techniques.
Respite Care: Respite services provide temporary relief to caregivers and families,
giving them the opportunity to recharge, relax, and handle other responsibilities.
Respite options may include out-of-home events during day or evening hours.
Family Support Groups: These sessions provide a place for families and caregivers to connect,
share insights, and hear from others who are experiencing similar situations
Advocacy: To help the community and other professionals understand and respond to
the needs of families caring for a person living with mental illness,
IFSS offers assertiveness and communication skill-building programs. The
team also offers facilities, and mental health education programs for
the general community.
Referral Services: The IFSS team can connect families and caregivers to relevant services
and assistance for mental health and non-mental health-related needs.
Intensive Family Support Services (Morris County)
Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health Denville
50 Morris Avenue, Denville, NJ 07834
Intensive Family Support Services (Sussex County)
Saint Clare’s Sussex Health Center
20 Walnut Street, Sussex, NJ, 07461