The Mental Health Clinic of Passaic was incorporated in July 1967 as a merger
of St. Mary’s Hospital Child Guidance Clinic and a branch office of the Clinic
for Mental Health Services in Paterson. The Clinic was initially located in the
old Passaic City Hall, serving about 125 individuals with a staff of six, all
but one part-time with an annual budget of $60,000. Vigorous, innovative
growth has been the hallmark of the Clinic from the beginning.
In 1972, the Clinic embarked on its specialization of mental health services
to children by establishing the Ida Gurtman Therapeutic Children’s Program, a
partial care program for children three to six years of age. The Clinic purchased
and renovated the building at 111 Lexington Avenue in Passaic for office space
The Family Center, an intensive child abuse and neglect treatment unit serving
Passaic and Clifton, was initiated in 1976. In 1982, the Clinic expanded its
intensive specialized outpatient mental health services to all Passaic County
with the Children’s Outreach, Home-Visiting and Advocacy Program. The venture
was followed in 1985 by the Clinic being awarded funding to provide
Youth Case Management to Passaic County youth.
In 1989, the Clinic further expanded its children’s partial care services by
developing a countywide program for children ages six through eleven. That same
year, the Clinic became the sponsor of the School Based Youth Services Program
in Passaic High School. This program was expanded to Lincoln Middle School in
In 1996, the Clinic purchased its second building at 1451 Van Houten Avenue
in Clifton, to house its Children and Family Behavioral Services, and opened a
second unit of the Ida Gurtman Therapeutic Children’s program in the new building.
In 1999, the Clinic, in collaboration with Saint Claire’s Hospital, embarked on a
joint project to help the needs of the adult population. The Clinic was a co-sponsor
of the first Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse initiative, and continues today
to try and increase services to the adult population needing medication monitoring.