Support Groups

Brain injury support groups allow persons with brain injuries and their family members meet others in similar situations. They gain valuable emotional support, form friendships, obtain information, and discuss a variety of brain injury topics, as well as exchange the hardships and joyful accomplishments in their lives.

There are 20 Alliance-affiliated support groups in New Jersey, serving 17 counties. The Alliance monitors the activities of these groups, the qualifications of their leaders, and provides information on a regular basis.

Support group information is subject to change. Please call the group contact before you attend a meeting.

Affiliated Support Groups

Listed alphabetically by county

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Atlantic County

Atlantic Group at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation

61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ 08240-0723
Contact: Nutan Ravani, 856-589-5797
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 pm

Bergen County

Bergen Group at Englewood Hospital

Get Directions
350 Engle St., Englewood, NJ 07631
(follow signs to the meeting room)
Contact: Jane & Joe Concato, 201-666-2015
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm
Bergen Support Group website: www.brain411.org

Passaic/Bergen Group at Rehabilitation Specialists

Get Directions
18-01 Pollitt Drive, Suite 1A, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Family Contact: Dawn King 201-478-4200 ext. 19 & Jennifer Victoria Proano, ext. 31
Voices That Count (Survivors) Contact: Carly Schoener at 201-478-4200, ext. 26
Both groups meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm

Burlington County

Burlington/Camden Group at Independence Rehab

1030 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
3rd Floor
Contact: Nutan Ravani, 856-589-5797 or Mark Rader, 856-667-3330
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7 pm

Weisman Children’s Hospital
Post Concussion Support Group

92 Brick Road, 3rd fl., Marlton, NJ 08053
Contact: Andrea VanVreede 856-489-4520 ext. 264
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month 6:30-7:30 pm
This group will serve 11-19 year olds and their families

Camden County

Burlington/Camden Group at Bancroft NeuroHealth

Resnick Center, 3900 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, 08054
Contact: Kristin Lukianovich, 856-616-6431
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm
Family and friends welcome. For details on group topics, visit www.bancroft.org.

Cape May County

Cape May Group at Cape Regional Medical Center

Get Directions
2 Stone Harbor Blvd., (1st Floor, Maruchi Room)
Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210
Contact: Bonnie Kratzer, 609-463-4043
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1 pm

Cumberland County

Cumberland Group at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Vineland

1237 West Sherman Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
Contact: Allison Frederick, 856-696-7100 x305
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm

Essex County

Essex Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
Contact: Judi Weinberger, 973-677-4260, Christina Klymasz, 973-414-4718
Meets the second and last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm
Essex Support Group website: www.brain411.org

Gloucester County

Gloucester Group at Moss Rehab/Drucker Brain Injury Center

135 South Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Contact: Dayna Scott, 856-853-9900 ext. 201
This group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 3 pm.

Hudson County

N/A
Currently no affiliated support groups available in this county. We will add new groups as they are created.

Hunterdon County

N/A
Currently no affiliated support groups available in this county. We will add new groups as they are created.

Mercer County

Mercer Group at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital

Get Directions
Conference Room 117
2381 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Contact: David Searles 609-896-9500 ext. 2244
Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm

Middlesex County

Adolescent & Parent Support Groups at Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick

200 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Adolescent Group: Auditorium 2
Parent Group: Auditorium 1
Adolescent Contact: Deborah Brown, 856-229-3065
Parent Contact: Doreen Bridgman, 732-977-7381
Both groups meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm

College Students with Brain Injury Group at Rutgers, New Brunswick

(This group is open to all college students with brain injury)
Rutgers Campus, Lucy Stone Hall, A-Wing, Suite A145,
54 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Contact: Kathy Loder-Murphy, 848-445-4428
Meets the 4th Sunday of the month from 6:30-8 pm

Middlesex Group at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries

Hartwyck at Oak Tree, 2048 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ
Contact: Sabrina Lueth 732-906-2640 ext. 42656
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm

Monmouth County

Monmouth Group at Dorbrook Park Recreation Area

Route 537, Colts Neck, NJ
Contact: BIANJ Office, 732-745-0200
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm

Morris County

Morris Group at the DAWN Center for Independent Living

66 Ford Rd., Suite 121, Denville, NJ 07834
Contact: Carl Brand, Linsay Tuman, Carmela Slivinski, 973-625-1940
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 pm

Morris Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation at Chester Campus

Pleasant Hill Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Contact: Denise Holderied 973-252-6375
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 pm

Ocean County

Ocean Group at Community Medical Center

99 Highway 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755
Contact: Vicky Hardy, 732-557-8000, ext. 10226 & Pam Lightfoot, ext. 11625
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm

Passaic County

Passaic/Bergen Group at Rehabilitation Specialists

Get Directions
18-01 Pollitt Drive, Suite 1A, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Family Contact: Dawn King 201-478-4200 ext. 19 & Jennifer Victoria Proano, ext. 31
Voices That Count (Survivors) Contact: Carly Schoener at 201-478-4200, ext. 26
Both groups meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm

Salem County

Salem Group at Friends Village

One Friends Village
Woodstown, NJ 08098
Contact: Diane Lynn Robbins at 609-202-9902
Meets the last Monday of each month at 6 pm.

Somerset County

Union/Somerset Group at Community Skills Program

First meeting at new location! September 10 at 6:30
The Warren Library
42 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ 07059
Contact: BIANJ office at 732-745-0200
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30

Sussex County

Sussex Group at Redeemer Lutheran Church

37 Newton Sparta Road, Newton, NJ 07860
Contact: Vince D’Orio, 703-297-7726, vincentd54@msn.com
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of month at 7 pm (March through November)

Union County

Union/Somerset Group at Community Skills Program

First meeting at new location! September 10 at 6:30
The Warren Library
42 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ 07059
Contact: BIANJ office at 732-745-0200
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30

Warren County

N/A
Currently no affiliated support groups available in this county. We will add new groups as they are created.

Unaffiliated Support Groups

Listed alphabetically by county

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Atlantic County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Bergen County

Hackensack University Medical Center – Epilepsy Support Group

20 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ – Main Conference Room, Suite 800
Contact Lorna Myers
Meets the third Thursday of every month from 6:30-7:30 pm
Note: These meetings are held for people with epilepsy and their caregivers

Hackensack University Medical Center

Grupo de Apoyo para pacientes con epilepsia y los que los cuidan
20 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ – Salon de Conferencia, Suite 800
Primer martes de cada mes – 6 pm

Burlington County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Camden County

Katz Jewish Community Center Stroke Support Group

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Contact: Lisa Silverman, 856-424-1333 x1186
We are now meeting alternating Mondays 10:15-11:30 am (the second and fourth Mondays of the month).
Attendees must be a member of the Katz Jewish Community Center, but scholarships are available and members can be of any faith.

Cape May County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Cumberland County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Essex County

UMDNJ – Brain Tumor Support Group

UMDNJ DOC Building, Suite 8100, 90 Bergen St, Newark, NJ 07103
Contact: LaDawn McClamb, 973-972-1164
Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 pm.
This group is for survivors of brain tumors and caregivers.

Gloucester County

Southern NJ Apostles’ Lutheran Church

4401 Black Horse Pike (Route 42) Turnersville, NJ 08012
Contact: Theresa May, 856-629-8487
Directions 856-629-4228 (church office) or call Theresa at above number.
Meetings: Every Wednesday night
NOTE: This is a “clubhouse” model group for recreation/networking.

Gloucester Group at Moss Rehab/Drucker Brain Injury Center

135 South Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096
Contact: Carl Bradford 856-853-9000 ext. 204
Meets the 4th Monday of each month at 5:30 pm

Hudson County

Jersey City Medical Center – Epilepsy Support Group

355 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ, Conference Room 5
Contact Lorna Myers
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6 pm
Note: These meetings are for people with epilepsy and their caregivers.

Hudson County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Hunterdon County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Mercer County

Capital Health System – Stroke Support Group

Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue, Conference Room A, Trenton, NJ
Contact: LouAnn McGinty, RN, MSN Neuroscience Nurse Coordinator (609) 394-6000 or Reverend Berlinda Love, Coordinator (609) 882-1378 for information or to register.
Meet the second Saturday of every month at 10 am
NOTE: These meetings are for stroke patients, caretaker/family member involved in their care.

Middlesex County

Central NJ Brain Tumor Support & Resource Center

St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, 300 Clinton Ave., North Plainfield, NJ 07060 website: njbt.org
Contact: Patty Anthony, 732-321-7000, ext. 68998 or Virginia/Stan Shrodo, 908-685-0917
Meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 pm

Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group

NJ Neuroscience Institute, Conference Room, 65 James Street, Edison, NJ 08818
Contact: Nancy DePinto, 732 321-7000, ext. 68973
Meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm

The NJ Chapter Support Group for Benign Brain Tumor Survivors

Contact: Beth Rosenthal, 732-767-0019 or 732-371-5338.
Meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:30 pm at Panera Bread, 1551 Rt. 1, Edison

Monmouth County

Monmouth and Ocean County Brain Tumor Support Group

Wall Township Branch of Monmouth County Library
2700 Allaire Road, Wall, NJ
Contact: Ilene and David Lewis, 732-615-9220
Meets the first Saturday of the month 3-4:45 pm, except in summer.
During summer, (July and August), meets second Thursday of month, 7-8:30 pm.

Morris County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Ocean County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Passaic County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Salem County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Somerset County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Sussex County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Union County

Stroke Club at RW Johnson University Hospital Rahway

865 Stone Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Contact: Rehabilitation Department, 732-499-6012
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 12:30-2 pm.
Registration required.

Overlook Hospital – Epilepsy Support Group

99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ, 5th Floor, Neuroscience Conference Center
Contact Lorna Myers
Meets the third Thursday of every month at noon
Note: These meetings are for people with epilepsy and their caregivers.

Warren County

N/A
Currently no unaffiliated support groups available in this county. If you know of one please contact us and let us know!

Out of State Support Groups

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa 19104-4399

Support Group for Parents & Caregivers of Children with Brain Injury
Contact: Maureen Sullivan, MSW, 215-590-7645
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm
Please call to RSVP.

Support Group for Teens & Young Adults with Brain Injury (Ages 13-21)
Contact: Dr. Gayle Chesley, 267-426-7388
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm
Please call to RSVP.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

Support group for individuals with TBI/ABI and family members.
1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contact: Dr. Emily Askin, Ph.D., 215-587-3411 or Jennifer Salomon, 215-587-3411
Meets the 4th Monday of every month from 6-7:30 pm, 4th floor family lounge