Crisis Intervention

Crisis Services

Legacy Treatment Services provides a variety of crisis services for children, adults and families. We operate the State-designated Screening Center for Burlington County for children and adults in psychiatric crisis. Our short-term residential program for adults offers services to help those in crisis transition to the community. We recently opened the first adult mental health respite program in the State and we provide support services to help court-referred individuals adhere to treatment. Families in crisis can receive services through both in-home and office-based care.

Screening and Crisis Intervention Program

We operate the State-designated Screening and Crisis Intervention Program for Burlington County, providing evaluations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis or posing a danger to self, others or property.

We make it our priority to screen and triage individuals in crisis within community settings as opposed to a hospital setting. Our certified screeners and mental health professionals work together to stabilize the crisis and determine the most appropriate, least restrictive treatment option.

Our hotline is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To request a mobile outreach or for more information, please call 609-835-6180.

Kairos House (formerly Crisis House)

Kairos House is a short-term residential program located in Burlington County that offers a safe, therapeutic option for those who are at risk of hospitalization due to exacerbation of their mental illness; or for those who need further stabilization and/or a transition period following an inpatient stay.

Services include case management, treatment, housing assistance, wellness groups and life skills training. Kairos House residents are often referred from Legacy’s Screening and Crisis Intervention Program. For more information, please call 609-261-3034.

Crosswinds Peer Respite

Located in Ocean County, Crosswinds is the first adult mental health respite to open in New Jersey. The program offers a safe, supportive environment for adults to stay on a short-term basis when experiencing or on the verge of a mental health crisis. Crosswinds offers peer support, case management, education, support groups, medication services, co-occurring substance abuse services, Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and follow-up support. It serves as a crisis alternative that aims to avoid the repetitive cycle of psychiatric hospitalization.

For more information or to make a referral, call 848-221-3022.

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC)

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) offers an option for individuals in Atlantic, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties who aren’t imminently dangerous enough to enter an involuntary inpatient program, but who struggle with remaining in treatment and may become dangerous without that treatment.

IOC aims to provide services and supports that result in treatment adherence. Services are delivered via the IOC team which utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that IOC individuals are properly assessed, linked to treatment and services and emotionally supported. Consumers receive an array of services including case management, linkages, court system coordination, peer support, interim therapy and psychiatric services for those not yet in treatment upon admission.

Referrals to IOC may come from inpatient treatment facilities, community mental health agencies and the county’s screening program. Appropriateness is determined by the IOC psychiatrist as well as a court order. For more information or to make a referral, please call 609-267-8564 for Atlantic/Burlington or 609-534-9213 for Middlesex/Monmouth.

Family Crisis Intervention Unit

The Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU) provides crisis intervention, short-term family therapy, case management and court advocacy to families in an effort to divert them from the formal court system, stabilize them, keep them intact and prevent out-of-home placement.

FCIU serves families who are at risk for court involvement due to an erupting family crisis. The identified individual must be under the age of 18, live in Burlington County and meet one of the following definitions of being in a family crisis:

  • Serious conflict between youth and family
  • Runaway behavior
  • Truancy
  • Disorderly persons offense
  • Other family conflict or problem

Referrals to FCIU come from the court system, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency and other community agencies, as well as law enforcement and families themselves.

For more information, please call 609-267-1377.

Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services

Legacy operates the State-designated Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization program for Burlington County. The program provides crisis intervention to families with a child or youth exhibiting emotional or behavioral disturbances that threaten to disrupt their current living arrangements.

Trained response workers diffuse crises at the site of the crisis for up to 72 hours. They work with the family to develop an individualized crisis plan and coordinate in-home follow-up intervention services for up to eight weeks.

Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To access services, families and caregivers may call the statewide system’s toll-free hotline: 877-652-7624.

PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness)

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) offers community-based case management and outreach services to Burlington County adults who are dealing with a serious and persistent mental illness and are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. This program also provides targeted case management services for military veterans experiencing homelessness and mental health issues.

Individuals may be referred by a county agency or hospital, or may contact PATH directly for information about eligibility.

For more information or to make a referral, please call (609) 261-7672.