Brain injury support groups allow persons with brain injuries and their family members to meet others in similar situations. They gain valuable emotional support, form friendships, obtain information, and discuss a variety of brain injury topics. 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.


Virtual Support Group Sessions for Survivors and Caregivers

Virtual support groups for survivors are every other Wednesday at 11:00AM.
Click on each session’s date to register.

April 21st

May 5th

May 19th

June 2nd

June 16th

June 30th

Virtual support groups for survivors are every other Thursday at 6:30pm.
Click on any session date to register.

April 15th

April 29th

May 13th

May 27th

June 10th

These virtual support groups for caregivers are every other Wednesday at 11:00AM.
Please click on a session’s date to register.

April 14th

April 28th

May 12th

May 26th

June 9th

June 23rd

July 7th

These virtual support groups for caregivers are every other Tuesday at 6:30pm. 
Please click on a session’s date to register.

April 20th

May 4th

May 18th

June 1st

June 15th

June 29th

July 13th

In-person Support Groups

BIANJ has been closely monitoring reports about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. We have been speaking daily with our partners, monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). During this time, some support groups may not be holding their scheduled meetings.  Please contact the support group leaders listed or the BIANJ office at 732-745-0200 to confirm the status of the group before attending.  Thank you for your understanding and know that our staff is here to support you at any time.

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
All meetings are held in the Day Room at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Look for directional signs at the front desk. Parking is free at Bacharach and there are always sufficient handicapped spots.

Bergen Group at Englewood Hospital
350 Engle St., Englewood, NJ 07631
(follow signs to the meeting room)
Contact: 732-783-6172
Co Facilitator: Caitlin Byrne
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm
All meetings are held in the Berrie Taub Conference Room Please park in the visitor parking and use the main entrance. Upon entering the hospital, proceed to Berrie Elevators. Take elevators to the 5th floor. Make left to Berrie Taub Conference Room #5503. Signs with arrows will be posted. Once a quarter, a “SPLIT SESSION” occurs where the group is split between survivors and caregivers.  Each group is led by a facilitator.  The dates listed below in bold are split session groups. 
Bergen Support Group website: www.brain411.org

 

Passaic/Bergen Group at Rehabilitation Specialists
18-01 Pollitt Drive, Suite 1A, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Contacts: Jennifer Victoria Proano, 201-478-4200, ext. 31; Syraeeta Hicks, ext. 19; Hannah Arboleda, ext. 22
Survivors and Families meet as a joint group the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 6:30pm. All meetings are held in the dayroom at Rehabilitation Specialists,  Look for signs that say Rehabilitation Specialists.

 

 

Bergen County Young Adult Group at Kessler – Saddlebrook
For individuals ages 18-30 years old who have experienced a traumatic or acquired brain injury
1st Floor Outpatient CRP Group Room
300 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Contact: Janelle Biamonte, (201) 368-6181
Meets at 6:00 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
All meetings are held in the outpatient Cognitive Rehabilitation (CRP) Group Room at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Saddle Brook. The outpatient Cognitive Rehab Program (CRP) Group room is located on the first floor in the outpatient department.

Burlington/Camden Group at Kessler Institute
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Marlton Campus
92 Brick Road
Marlton, NJ 08052
Contact: Liz Louie, 856-988-8778, ext. 2033
Meets the 2nd Wednesdays of each month at 7 pm
All meetings are held in the small group meeting room at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Marlton Campus. There is ample free parking at the facility.

 

Burlington/Camden Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab
Resnick Center, 3900 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, 08054
Contact: Cheryl Rubba, bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com
Meeting virtually on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm**
To join, contact bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com.

Burlington/Camden Group at Kessler Institute
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Marlton Campus
92 Brick Road
Marlton, NJ 08052
Contact: Liz Louie, 856-988-8778, ext. 2033
Meets the 2nd Wednesdays of each month at 7 pm
All meetings are held in the small group meeting room at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Marlton Campus. There is ample free parking at the facility.

 

Burlington/Camden Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab
Resnick Center, 3900 Church Rd., Mt. Laurel, 08054
Contact: Cheryl Rubba, bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com
Meeting virtually on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm**
To join, contact bianj.sj.supgrp@gmail.com.

Cape May Group at Cape Regional Medical Center
2 Stone Harbor Blvd., (1st Floor, Maruchi Room)
Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210
Contact: Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, 732-745-0200
There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

Cumberland Group at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Vineland
1237 West Sherman Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
Contact: Allison Frederick, Senior SLP, 856-896-2030, allison.frederick@encompasshealth.com
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm
All meetings are held in the therapy gym. Free parking is available out front and the meeting room is on the first floor, near the main entrance.

Essex Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052
Contact: Judi Weinberger, 973-563-1400 or Andrea Gagliano, 973-324-3591
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
All meetings are held in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 in the Kessler Conference Center of Kessler Institute at the West Orange Campus. Please park in the Outpatient Parking Lot. Prior to every meeting, all are welcome to attend a gathering for dinner, snack, conversation at the Panera in Essex Green Mall (5:00 PM).
Essex Support Group website: www.brain411.org

Gloucester Group at Moss Rehab/Drucker Brain Injury Center
135 South Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Contact: Jazmine Tooles, 856-853-9900, Press 4, then 12
This group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 3 pm.
All meetings are held at Moss Rehab, 135 South Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. You can access the building through our Clubhouse Entrance located on the side of the building. We share a public parking lot with Pep Boys. Please feel free to park in the lot. You will see a ramp that leads to the Clubhouse entrance.

Mercer Group at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital
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
All meetings are held in the cafeteria at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Hospital, You can access the building through the main entrance and proceed to the cafeteria on the first floor. Parking in the hospital lot is free.

Adolescent & Parent Support Groups at Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick
BIANJ is seeking a brain injury professional to facilitate this group as a volunteer leader. Inquiries may be directed to the Support Group Coordinator at 732-745-0200.

 

Middlesex Group at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Center for Head Injuries
Hartwyck at Oak Tree, 2048 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ
Contact: Alex Theordor 732-906-2656
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm
All meetings are held in the Great Room in the Cognitive Rehab wing You can access the building through the main entrance. Parking is free.

Monmouth Group at Dorbrook Park Recreation Area
353 County Route 537
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Contact: Victoria Smith, vsmith@allairehc.com
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.
All meetings are held Activity Room at Dorbrook Park Recreation Area, 353 County Route 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722. Follow signs for “Activity Center” towards the left when entering the park.

Morris Group at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation at Chester Campus
201 Pleasant Hill Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Contact: Nick Hendry and Victoria Caruso, CTRS, 973-252-6322
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.
All meetings are held in the therapy gym at the Kessler-Chester campus.  You can access the building through the main entrance. Parking is free.

Ocean Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab
1433 Hooper Avenue, Suite 131
Toms River, NJ 08753
Contact: Katie Laffan, 732-475-4423
**Meeting virtually on the last Tuesday of each month, 4:45-5:45pm. To join, contact kathleen.laffan@bancroft.org.

Passaic/Bergen Group at Rehabilitation Specialists
18-01 Pollitt Drive, Suite 1A, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Contacts: Contact: Jennifer Victoria-Proano by phone at (201) 478-4200, ext. 31; Syraeeta Hicks ext 19, or Hannah Arboleda ext 22.
Survivors and Families meet as a joint group the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. All meetings are held in the dayroom at Rehabilitation Specialists,  Look for signs that say Rehabilitation Specialists.

Somerset Group
792 Chimney Rock Road, Suite C

Martinesville, NJ 08836
Contact: Lynette McKeon, 908-393-1533
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. All meetings are held in the conference room.

Sussex Group at Redeemer Lutheran Church
This group is currently postponed until further notice. Contact BIANJ at 732-745-0200 for updates.

Unaffiliated Support Groups

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Atlantic Health Stroke Support Group
Atlantic Rehab
Msgr. Corr Stroke Center Room
6 Saddle Road
Cedar Knolls, NJ  07927
Meets every 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-3 PM
Breakaway Caregivers meeting 2-3 PM
For more information please contact Gayle at 973-971-4412

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.