Bergen County Community Mental Health Law Project

About Us

The Law Project provides high quality free legal services to Bergen County residents who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and qualify under the federal poverty guidelines.

Since 1977, The Law Project has been funded by Bergen County and the State of New Jersey. The Project currently provides legal services for civil matters.

Our Services

Social Security

The Law Project actively facilitates Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application process for our clients. This process includes the initial filing, reconsideration, appeal to the Administrative Law Judge, and reinstatement of discontinued benefits.

Family Law

The Law Project represents clients in cases involving matrimonial and family disputes. These issues include Divorce, Child Support/Custody, Visitation issues.

Collections

The Law Project assists in resolving consumer and creditor issues such as outstanding credit card balances and unpaid student loans.

Advance Directives

The Law Project provides assistance with Proxy Directive, which is a durable power of attorney for healthcare, and Instruction Directive, which is a living will.

Notary Services

The Law Project provides free notarizations to eligible clients.

Eligibility

Age

The individual must be at least 18 years old.

Diagnosis

The individual must have a mental illness as his/her primary diagnosis. An individual who is challenged by a physical/intellectual/developmental disability, organic brain syndrome, or chronic substance abuse will be redirected.

Treatment

The individual must have a history of mental health treatment and should currently be engaged in treatment.

Function Level

The individual must require substantial assistance in social skills, vocational or educational guidance and community living.

Residency

The individual must be a Bergen County resident.

News

Student Loan Debt Relief

The Federal Student Loan Debt Relief program will provide eligible borrowers with full or partial discharge of their student loans for up to $20,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to non-Pell Grant recipients. Interested individuals should apply at https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief/application.

Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR)

The ANCHOR program provides property tax relief to eligible New Jersey residents who owned or rented their principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2019, and met the income limits. Interested individuals should apply at https://www1.state.nj.us/TYTR_Saver/jsp/common/HBWelcome.jsp.

Contact Us

 Bergen County Community Mental Health Law Project

One Bergen County Plaza • 4th Floor Room 424 • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-634-2762 Fax: 201-336-6089