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.

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.


Upcoming Virtual Support Group Meetings

 

June 19, 2020 at 11:00AM – Support Group for Caregivers
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June 24, 2020 at 11:00AM – Support Group for Survivors
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July 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Caregivers
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July 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Survivors
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July 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Caregivers
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July 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Survivors
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August 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Caregivers
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August 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Survivors
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August 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Caregivers
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August 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM – Support Group for Survivors
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Affiliated Support Groups

Listed alphabetically by county

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
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.

**The March meeting is canceled out of an abundance of caution in the prevention of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). If you have any questions, please contact your Support Group leader or BIANJ at 732-745-0200.**


Bergen County

**Bergen Group at Englewood Hospital

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
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

**The March meeting is canceled out of an abundance of caution in the prevention of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). If you have any questions, please contact your Support Group leader or BIANJ at 732-745-0200.**

 

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 and Camden Counties


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
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm
The first two meetings of the year will take place on January 27th and February 24th.
All meetings are held in the multipurpose room. Park around back and enter through the back door.

***Be advised that all support group meeting dates that fall on holidays will be rescheduled for a later date.***

**The March meeting is canceled out of an abundance of caution in the prevention of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). There will be a call-in option. To participate, dial 1-440-678-8013, and use the PIN: 114 401 967#. If you have any questions, please contact your Support Group leader or BIANJ at 732-745-0200.**


Cape May County

Cape May Group at Cape Regional Medical Center

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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 County

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 County

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

**A Message from the Leaders:

We have decided to cancel the support group meeting scheduled for tomorrow (3/10) out of an abundance of caution over concerns everyone has about the Corona virus.  We are a large group and many members have compromised medical situations.  We expect over the next few weeks there will be a consensus from medical experts about precautions that should be taken in the community.  For now, we think it is best to cancel this meeting and hope that we can meet in April after more is known about this contagious virus.

We hope everyone is following the recommendations from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html  

We will keep you posted about April’s meeting and will be emailing information/resources that were to be shared this month.


Gloucester County

**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.

**The March meeting is canceled out of an abundance of caution in the prevention of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). If you have any questions, please contact your Support Group leader or BIANJ at 732-745-0200.**


Mercer County

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.


Middlesex County

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

**PLEASE NOTE: The March 10th meeting is cancelled. If you have questions, please contact the support group leader.**

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 County

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 County

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 County

**Ocean Group at Bancroft NeuroRehab
1433 Hooper Avenue, Suite 131
Toms River, NJ 08753
Contact: Katie Laffan, 732-475-4423
Meets the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
All meetings are held at Bancroft NeuroRehab, 1433 Hooper Avenue, Suite 131, Toms River, NJ 08753.  We are located in the Bayview Corporate Center (The Morgan Stanley building), on the first floor behind the elevators.

**The March meeting is canceled out of an abundance of caution in the prevention of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). If you have any questions, please contact your Support Group leader or BIANJ at 732-745-0200.**


Passaic County

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 County

**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.

**A message from the Support Group Leader: Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, March’s Brain Injury Support Group at New Jersey Brain Care in Martinsville, NJ is cancelled.  While we hope to reconvene in April, we will make that decision as the situation evolves. We will keep you posted on the status of next month’s meeting when we know more.**


Sussex County

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

Listed alphabetically by county

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

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

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


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: Sonya Dibeler at 215-587-3411
Meets the 1st Monday of every month at 5:30 pm, 4th floor family lounge

Penn TBI Support Group
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Heart and Vascular Pavillion
51 North 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Megan Moyer 215-662-9118 or megan.moyer@uphs.upenn.edu
Meets the 4th Monday of each month from 5:00 – 6:30 pm