Newly renovated ambulatory behavioral health center now open at RWJUH Somerset.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, a health facility operated by RWJBarnabas, has recently opened a renovated space for ambulatory behavioral health services. The new space includes group therapy rooms, expanded services, and three tiers of general services for patients who are 18 years and older. Patients can receive partial inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and conventional outpatient treatment offered in conjunction with RWJUH Somerset’s Babs Siperstein PROUD Center, which provides primary care to members of the LGBTQIA community.

Located on the RWJUH Somerset campus, the facility is a short walk from the main hospital and has a separate private entrance. The expansion will allow for more rooms, double the outpatient capacity, and provide additional programs with time slots for patients working during normal business hours.

The RWJUH Somerset crisis center in the emergency department provides emergency care for patients in crisis, including suicidal patients. Dr. Frank Ghinassi, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health and Addiction Services at RWJBarnabas Health and President and CEO of Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, states that since the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has seen an increase in rates of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Earlier this year, RWJUH Somerset unveiled a newly renovated eating disorders unit offering patient and outpatient services. The unit provides space for both adults and adolescents to heal and recover separately and includes research-inspired design elements such as muted colors, nature, daily changes in sunlight, curves, and nature.

If you or a loved one is struggling, call RWJBarnabas Health’s 24/7 Behavioral Health Services hotline at 1-800-300-0628 to schedule an evaluation at RWJUH Somerset or another RWJBarnabas Health location. For more information about RWJUH Somerset, please visit

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