Dear Friends,

On behalf of the GSAPP COVID-19 Psychological Services Initiative, we want to sincerely thank the professionals who volunteered to provide services during this difficult time in our nation. The pandemic has affected us all in some capacity, both directly and indirectly. This initiative could not have been successful without a network of compassionate individuals. Through this initiative, over 250 providers volunteered to offer free or low-cost mental health services. Over 100 individuals were matched with service providers, including New Jersey community members, healthcare providers, and Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff. In addition, 19 families were provided with cost-free services through the Autism Services Network (ASN) that was part of this initiative.

At this time, we will be bringing this program to a close and will instead, utilize some of our normal channels through both our GSAPP Center for Psychological Services and community-based referrals to assist those who reached out to seek mental health service. We may also soon be able to provide services through a COVID-related Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that GSAPP has been awarded.

For individuals in need of immediate COVID-related support, the following resources are available:


Mental Health Association of New Jersey- New Jersey- Hope and Healing

New Jersey Hope and Healing is a FEMA-funded project which addresses the emotional and behavioral health needs of NJ residents concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic.

866-202-HELP or text "NJHOPE" to 51684


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service's Administration (SAMHSA):

1. National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889

Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referrals and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.


2. Disaster Distress Helpline


Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.


For a list of other NJ providers offering services at this time:

NJ's Disaster and Terrorism Branch, Hope and Healing


Thank you again for your support and to those who were willing to volunteer!




GSAPP Leadership Team


Dr. Denise Hien

Interim Dean, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Director, Professor, and Helen E. Chaney Endowed Chair, Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies


Dr. Lara Delmolino Gatley

Clinical Professor and Associate Dean

Director, Applied and Academic Autism Services


Mr. Nayland Smith

Associate Dean for Business and Finance

Chief Business Officer/ Executive Director – GSAPP Innovation Lab