Diabetes Center

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Medical Intensive Care

Occupational Therapy


Outpatient Dialysis Center

Comprehensive Pain Management

Palliative Care

Physical Therapy

Pre-Admissions Testing


The Montclair Spine Center

Spiritual Care Services

Support Groups

Other Services

A comprehensive array of behavioral health programs

  • We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency psychiatric services.
  • We help children as young as kindergarten age, adolescents, adults and senior citizens of both genders and all ethnicities.  Our diverse patient population includes executives, professionals and other high-functioning individuals with mental health concerns, as well as patients who are unable to function due to mental illnesses.  
  • We offer intensive inpatient, partial hospitalization and outpatient care.
  • HackensackUMC Mountainside Behavioral Health Services is licensed by the State of New Jersey and accredited by The Joint Commission.
  • Most insurance plans are accepted including Medicare and Medicaid.

In a crisis, we're the call you need to make.

Our team of counselors provides an around the clock, 24-hour behavioral health safety net. We'll quickly evaluate a patient, determine the level of care required and provide the appropriate care or referrals. Our Counselors are also available to answer any questions at 973-429-6963.  In a crisis, don’thesitate to go directly to the HackensackUMC Mountainside Emergency Department for urgent behavioral health assistance.

Inpatient: Intensive therapy when it's needed most

  • We operate a 30-bed acute inpatient adult unit with 26 voluntary beds and four involuntary beds.
  • Our psychiatrists are specially trained in geriatric psychiatry and addictions.
  • Our inpatient team includes specially trained and caring nurses, social workers, activity therapists and healthcare technicians.


Partial Hospitalization: The comfort of home with intensive therapy

  • Acute Partial Hospitalization is available for adults Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Daily admissions are welcomed by calling 973-429-6775.
  • We offer limited free transportation. Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans are accepted.

Intensive Outpatient: An option for some patients

  • Intensive Outpatient services are provided as step-down treatment for patients who don’t qualify for partial hospitalization but require more services than those available in a standard outpatient program.
  • This program usually operates three mornings per week with group and individual therapy, as well as medication intervention.
  • These services are available Monday through Friday.

Outpatient Programs: Flexibility for patients of all ages

  • Our Outpatient Programs provide individual and group therapy for children age five and above, adolescents, adults and seniors.
  • Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday with evening appointments available as needed.
  • Appointments can be scheduled by calling 973-429-6775.
  • Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans are accepted.

“Top Doctors,” advanced training and impressive credentials

  • Our Department Chairman Dr. Ed Latimer and Dr. Catherine Liebhauser, a staff member, have been recognized as “Top Doctors” by NJ Monthly magazine.
  • Dr. Juan Riestra, our Medical Director, is board-certified in Geriatric and Adult Psychiatry.
  • Associate Medical Director Dr. Ambrose Mgbako is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addictions.
  • Dr. Ketaki Vaidhyanathan, Associate Medical Director, is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist and board-eligible for certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • The majority of our full-time nurses have psychiatric specialty certifications.
  • Our staff also includes licensed clinical social workers, nurses who have obtained geriatric certifications and substance abuse specialists.


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