Veterans Counseling Hotline - 1-866-VETS-NJ4On April 13, Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey and Colonel (Ret) Stephen Abel, Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs along with John J. Petillo, Ph.D., President, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), and Christopher Kosseff, President and CEO, University Behavioral HealthCare (UMDNJ) to announce the creation of a new, mental health helpline for veterans returning from service in Southwest Asia.
The new toll free number will provide immediate assistance to veterans suffering from psychological or emotional distress as well as those having difficulty re-assimilating back into civilian life following the conclusion of their mobilization for active duty service.
The toll free helpline, which is accessible 24/7 by dialing 1-866 VETS-NJ4 (1-866-838-7654) will be coordinated by UMDNJ's University Behavioral HealthCare, and will feature peer counseling, clinical assessment, assistance to family members and will provide New Jersey veterans and their families with access to a comprehensive Mental Health Provider Network of mental health professionals specializing in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and other veterans issues. All services are free and confidential.
The event took place at the New Jersey National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters located at Fort Dix.
More than 4,000 National Guard and Reserve personnel from New Jersey have been mobilized since September 11, 2001 for service in Operations' Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.
For additional information on available services in the Public Mental Health System please visit the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services on their web site at www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhs to locate an agency near you. The Division funds about 120 private, not-for-profit community agencies to provide a full range of mental health services.