Vantage Health System

About Vantage Health System

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide those we serve opportunities for wellness through integrated mental and physical healthcare, support services and affordable housing.

Vantage Health System is committed to a treatment philosophy of recovery and wellness. In contrast to the traditional medical model based on the treatment of illness, a recovery model is based on the goals, preferences, interests and strengths of the individual. Recovery is defined as the personal process of overcoming the negative impact of a mental illness, despite its continued presence. Individuals who are in recovery from mental illness move from a state of dependency to interdependency, and live from a perspective of hope.

The recovery process is determined by the client, and the clinician serves as a coach/consultant to the client. With the client’s input, the clinician and client work collaboratively to develop a recovery plan. Focus is on the client’s strengths, on the interventions which will facilitate his/her recovery, and on the resources which will support the recovery process. Very important among the resources are family and friends, as identified by and with the permission of the client, who can provide support.

A lifestyle is encouraged in which the client:

a) assumes an active role
b) accepts personal responsibility and motivation
c) engages in meaningful, productive activity
The quality of one’s life is viewed from a holistic approach based on a perspective of balance, including the social, behavioral, vocational, educational and spiritual components, as well as the traditional medical and emotional/psychological.

Key principles of recovery for empowering the client are:

developing a sense of hope in the future
finding a useful place within the community
focusing on strengths and the potential for wellness
emphasizing the client’s control over self and environment in order to promote a sense of mastery
Vantage Health System is a private not for profit 501 (C) 3 charitable organization. In operation since 1957, Vantage is a system of community based facilities and programs located in Bergen County, NJ. Vantage provides services to children, adolescents, adults and elders with mental health, addiction, developmental and eldercare challenges.

The first community mental health organization in Bergen County, we have over 55 years of experience helping people meet life’s challenges. Almost everyone at some time is affected by a personal problem or difficulty that can challenge his or her ability to experience a well-balanced life. Vantage Health System offers a full range of clinical services designed to meet the individual needs of those who seek our assistance. We draw from the experience and diversity of professional and credentialed staff, including board certified psychiatrists, an Advance Practice Psychiatric Nurse, licensed clinical social workers, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, Korean and Spanish speaking licensed professional counselors, registered nurses and many other professional and para professional staff VHS provides the highest-quality, accessible and affordable services in the least restrictive environment in two outpatient sites. We take third party insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and offer a sliding fee according to income for eligible individuals. No one is turned away due to lack of income.

Vantage maintain contracts with the State of New Jersey, the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, the NJ Department of Human Services, the NJ Department of Children and Families, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the County of Bergen and other public and private entities. We are licensed through the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide adult partial care and outpatient services, to operate adult housing and to provide residential adolescent addiction services. The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services licenses our Medical Adult Day Center.



May 2020 - July 2020 Dumont, NJ
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