Academy New Jersey provides two day programs for adults with developmental
disabilities who live in our community-based group homes as well as for
those adults living with under the care of other providers. Adult day
programs offer varied work preparedness and experience provided by legitimate
contracts from employers in the area.
population served consists of adults living with mental illness and/or
developmental disabilities from 18 years and older.
focus on the following areas within these programs:
- Work enhancement
- Volunteer experiences,
- Supported employment
enhancement skills include the following choice of activities:
- Practice in social
on employment-related tasks
with staff assistance may offer building and grounds maintenance.
contract work has included opportunities like:
- Shredding documents
- Rag packaging
for sale at major home improvement stores
employment has proven successful at a fast food restaurant and major grocery
learn to set up contracts or projects, complete assignments and clean
up. Throughout their participation in these varietal activities,
tasks are punctuated by related activities such as practice with daily
living skills, appropriate interaction with peers and break time activities
such as walks.
is provided to consumers in order for them to participate in the activities
at our day programs and they are accompanied by skilled staff to provide
therapeutic transition from home to work.
following services are included but not limited to within our Adult Day
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
are held weekly in blocks of 30 to 60 minutes. Many groups are time
limited and issue specific. Cognitive Behavioral psycho-educational experiential
approaches are used to address anger management, social skills development,
understanding human sexuality, choosing healthy friendships, personal
and interpersonal growth and the development of responsible lifestyles.
sessions are conducted at least twice per week by the consumer's primary
mental health clinician. The clinician is a Master's degree or better,
Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP) or under the direct clinical supervision
of a LIP in the field(s) of Professional Counseling, Social Work, Marriage
and Family Therapy, or School Psychology. Resolution of past traumas,
developing sound cognitive and behavioral coping abilities, rational problem
solving, encouragement and support to complete treatment, family reunification
and/or planning for the future are strongly pursued during the individual
the phone or face to face, the consumer's family/caregiver(s) are engaged
in family empowerment with the clinician. Building upon the strengths
and the resources of the family culture, all significant-others are considered
essential to the successful completion of treatment. Whether family
reunification is to occur or an alternative living arrangement is to be
provided, the family/caregiver(s) are encouraged to develop parenting/support
skills that provide the necessary structure, nurture, authority and role
models for the consumer in treatment. The long-term success of the
treatment received is predicated on strengthening and empowerment of the
primary caregiver system.
is our goal to assist consumers that attend our day programs to complete
work projects from start to finish.
programs are based in Sparta in North Jersey and Cherry Hill in South
vocational workshop/sheltered workshop operates from 9am to 3pm Monday
/ Referral sources
opportunities may come from the Division of Development Disabilities (DDD).
Other funding and referral opportunities may be available by contacting
more information including services, referrals, program and site tours,
contact the following personnel:
Academy-NJ, Inc. (Corporate Office North Jersey)
Mitchell, Associate Executive Director
Nicole Bolognini, Clinical Supervisor
Jennifer Mendenhall and Donna Glennantonio, Adult Training Services (ATS) Supervisors
Academy-NJ, Inc. (Corporate Office South Jersey)
Hill, NJ 08002
Dione Keith, Associate Executive Director
Dwayne Oglesby, Adult
Training Services (ATS) Supervisor