Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS)

Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS)

Phone: 1-888-626-2111

Overview

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

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.

Our Approach

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.

Our Services

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 or circumstances.

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.

Our Locations

Intensive Family Support Services (Morris County)
Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health Denville

50 Morris Avenue, Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: 973-625-7095

Intensive Family Support Services (Sussex County)
Saint Clare’s Sussex Health Center
20 Walnut Street, Sussex, NJ, 07461
Phone: 973-702-2863