The Family Center is a community-based, family oriented specialized outpatient mental health service for thirty-five Passaic and Clifton families. The primary target is families, children and/or adults who experience, or have experienced, abusive and neglectful behaviors. The Program has been in operation continuously since 1976. The goal of The Family Center is to ameliorate the stressors producing negative behaviors by meeting the mental health needs of the identified clients as well as ensuring positive and optimal functioning in all relevant life spheres.


The Program uses a multi-disciplinary team approach, integrating a range of services and interventions with individualized treatment for each child and family.


Office, home and off-site appointments may be scheduled before, during, or after office hours. Psychiatric interventions are arranged for at our site during office hours. The Family Center staffing pattern includes a licensed supervisor and four full-time and one half-time Masters level clinicians, plus access to all out-patient psychiatrists. Individual members of families in treatment are most often divided among the clinicians to optimize coverage.


Staff is fluent in English and Spanish.


The Family Center is licensed for Outpatient Service by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services.


The Family Center


 111 Lexington Avenue

 Passaic, NJ 07055

Telephone:    973-471-8006

Fax:   973-471-1630



Alexandra Descalzi, M.A., L.P.C., A.C.S.


1451 Van Houten Ave

Clifton, NJ 07013

Phone: 973-473-2775

111 Lexington Ave

Passaic, NJ 07055

Phone: 973-471-8006

185 Paulison Ave

Passaic, NJ 07055

Phone: 973-473-2408

124 Gregory Ave

Passaic, NJ 07055

Phone: 973-928-7244

The Mental Health Clinic of Passaic is a private, not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) community organization licensed by the NJ Department of Human Services and the NJ Department of Children & Families.