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WTCRSVP Fact Sheet

Recently our organization was awarded a World Trade Center Counseling Program Grant by the State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy. This grant was conceptualized to provide services to first responders who might otherwise not receive comprehensive mental health intervention, subsequent to exposure to September 11th events.
The WTC-RSVP grant is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Department of Law and Public Safety and University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - University Behavioral HealthCare. It addresses the ongoing mental health needs of multidisciplinary personnel who were exposed to traumatic events, as well as their families.
In our regional offices in Newark, Piscataway, and Hamilton the WTC-RSVP program provides three components:


1-866-WTC-RSVP (1-866-982-7787) is a 24/7 crisis intervention hotline, and offers peer support, rescuer clinical assessment, referral to treatment with providers familiar with rescuer issues, and Critical Incident Stress Management triage as needed.

Crisis Intervention Training Programs

We have developed a state of the art training seminar customized to meet the needs of the rescuers affected by this tragedy with a focus on acute traumatic stress management, rescuer family issues, trauma & anger. Our staff, combined with nationally renowned speakers James T. Reese, Ph.D. and George Everly, Ph.D. is available.

In addition, we can tailor the program to your needs, for example by providing a focus on law enforcement officers, EMS or fire fighters.

Crisis Intervention Clinical Services

There are two specialized services based upon need: individual crisis intervention counseling is available at no cost to you the rescuer, and a short-term crisis intervention peer support group for rescuers & family members.

Concept of Peer/Clinician collaboration - All of our services will be provided by a combined staff of peer police, fire, and EMS with clinical professionals. Peer counselors will be trained throughout the state for WTC-RSVP services.

Made possible through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime through the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2002.