Wellness House

280 S. Harrison Street
East Orange, NJ

Intensive outpatient treatment and support for adults facing mental illness, dedicated to empowering participants as full partners in their care and maximizing their independence and integration in the community.

Eligibility & Referral Information

Wellness House welcomes all consumers who:

  • Have a diagnosis of severe and persistent mental illness, with or without a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and/or developmental disability
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Are willing and able to participate in their treatment and their Wellness/Recovery Action Plan
  • Are not a danger to self or others or at imminent risk of a medical crisis
  • Are assessed as able to be safely served in an outpatient setting
  • Reside in Essex County

Program Components

Participants receive 9 to 12 hours of treatment per week, including:

  • Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy, if desired
  • Psychiatric Services & Medication Management
  • Therapeutic, Psycho-Educational and Skills-Building Groups
  • Bi-Lingual Services in Spanish
  • Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Treatment, if needed
  • On-Site Peer Specialists
  • Life Enhancement Activities
  • Case Management and Assistance with Concrete Needs
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Healthy Meals

Examples of Issues We Address

  • Recent discharge from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  • Frequent use of Crisis unit services
  • Clients who are psychiatrically de-compensating, and in need of closer monitoring to stabilize and avoid hospitalization.
  • Clients who are not attached to services and need stabilization


Contact Susan Elko at 973-380-0366, or selko@familyconnectionsnj.org.