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Princeton House Behavioral Health


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Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH) was founded in 1971 by The Medical Center at Princeton in order to treat the behavioral problems of the local community. Since then, PHBH has expanded to include six sites scattered across New Jersey that treat a wide variety of behavioral health issues. PHBH’s options for addicts include inpatient care, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and outpatient care. It offers medically supervised detox and a number of programs geared toward specific demographic groups. The treatment is all individualized, evidence-based and centered on the idea that health care providers should treat the whole person, as opposed to their symptoms.

Accommodations and Food

Princeton House, PHBH’s inpatient program, is located on a wooded 10-acre property two miles from downtown Princeton. It houses up to 110 people dorm-style, in a traditional treatment center setting. The modern, comfortable campus features an indoor atrium with skylights, an outdoor courtyard, a game room and two gyms.

The Princeton House property also hosts a 21-bed, lockdown short-term care facility—a highly supervised setting that treats people who meet the state standard for involuntary hospitalization due to acute psychiatric or co-occurring disorders. The goal is to stabilize clients enough to transfer them to the inpatient program or return them to the community.

As for the food, Princeton House recently underwent a $3 million renovation of its kitchen and dining facilities. Its cooking staff offers a variety of meal choices each day, as well as a choice between an indoor dining hall and dining on the patio. Overseen by registered dieticians, PHBH food is nutritious and delicious.

Treatment and Staff

After being admitted to PHBH, clients are put into the program’s detox unit, if necessary. Medical professionals monitor them and adjust medications as needed. This short-term program is designed to provide intensive care for five to seven days before clients transition to the inpatient program. Medication-assisted treatment is provided for those going through withdrawal from opiates or alcohol. While PHBH calls itself a “short-term” facility, there is no specific time that people stay there. The length of inpatient stays depend on individual needs.

Both inpatient and outpatient treatment at PHBH begins with an evaluation by a board certified psychiatrist and the creation of an individualized treatment plan. Depending on their situation, clients may be steered to inpatient treatment, PHP, IOP or the traditional outpatient program. Treatment usually includes group and individual therapy, family therapy and psychoeducation groups. Group sessions at PHBH are kept small, with no more than 12 people in a group at a time.

PHBH’s inpatient programs are geared toward specific demographic groups. It has programs for young adult substance abusers, adults with acute psychiatric problems, adult addicts and adults with co-occurring disorders. PHBH also has a unique program for first responders with mental health issues, substance problems or both. PHBH offers similar programs on an outpatient basis, but also treats children, older adults and offers programs separated by gender.

While each group has slightly different needs for treatment, PHBH’s core substance abuse philosophy involves adhering to evidence based treatment models integrated with traditional 12-step and recovery-based programming. PHBH hosts AA meetings, NA meetings, and a “bottles and badges” support group meeting specifically for first responders.

The large staff at PHBH includes psychiatrists, certified psychiatric nurses, LCSWs, Master’s-level therapists, clinical psychologists, pharmacists, and even registered dietitians who provide nutritional counseling. PHBH’s affiliation with the University Medical Center of Princeton means patients have easy access to physicians if acute medical needs arise. PHBH accepts most major insurance as well as Medicaid and Medicare.


Expressive therapies like yoga, art and writing, are offered for all clients of PHBH, whether they are in an for inpatient or outpatient program.

PHBH offers electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, where a small electrical current is passed through the brain. While not generally prescribed for substance abuse problems, ECT is considered a treatment for depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, so an addict who also has one of these co-occurring mental health problems could be given ECT at PHBH.

In Summary

With a variety of substance abuse treatment opportunities, connection to a well-known hospital and the diversity among the backgrounds and specialties of its clinical staff, Princeton House Behavioral Health is a highly equipped treatment center for both addicts and the mentally ill. Its specific programs for young adults make it a great choice for younger people, and its unique program for first-responders make it a great choice for firemen, policemen and military members suffering from PTSD or substance abuse issues.

Princeton House Behavioral Health Location

905 Herrontown Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton House Behavioral Health Cost

Depends on program. Reach Princeton House Behavioral Health by phone at (800) 242-2550. Find Princeton House Behavioral Health on YouTube and LinkedIn

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  1. A Horrified Parent on

    My 15 1/2 year-old daughter was completely misdiagnosed, mistreated, disrespected (as were both of her parents), and left to her own devices because she wouldn’t follow the directions of a doctor who was an arrogant and ignorant man. Dr. Hassan – I want everyone to know his name – never really talked to my daughter after her intake assessment. She came in for severe depression and anxiety with major suicidal ideation. She also happened to be losing weight and her appetite, which is not uncommon in those situations, and, in fact, perfectly understandable as she had just for a month been on a major appetite suppressant for her ADHD. Hassan immediately decided she was anorexic and his staff was assigned to look for signs. Well my daughter is also a strong empath. She has always assumed the personalities and troubles of those around her, and desperately tries to get on her friends’ level so that she can help them. A few of the girls in the group she attended had eating problems and so she began to act as if she did not want to eat, and would mimic the things said and the behaviors of those girls. Despite a long discussion with my daughter’s practicing psychiatrist, who is a woman, and has known my daughter inside-and-out for a long time, he completely ignored her recommendation to try another ADHD med while continuing to work on her depression and anxiety with DBT. She told me that she believed “1000%” that my kid was reacting to the medicine, but the doctor refused to believe her. He decided that my daughter needed to transfer to the all-girls “EET” program (nice name, no triggering there…) up at the Princeton location because he claimed he was not equipped to treat her anorexia. This would have been a viable solution, except that my daughter refused to go. She had completed 10 days of her acute all-day treatment and was excelling with the group there, her therapist said she was the strongest of them all, and she desperately wanted to learn more about DBT because it was working well. In normal circumstances she would have shifted at that point to a 3-day/week afternoon program focused specifically on DBT. Kids with anxiety are resistant to change, and any disruption in schedule, so her comfort level was being challenged and she would be removed from kids that she felt very at ease with. In contrast, the EET program and its associated DBT up in Princeton are all-girl groups. She has never done well with girls because of the drama factor, and in a setting such as that, the damage potential was enormous. Regardless, the doctor pressed on. He treated my husband and I like hysterical morons, disrespected my daughter’s psychiatrist who was highly offended but ready and willing to trying something else, thank goodness. When I spoke to Dr. Hassan in person at the 10-day mark when he had given his “final word” I asked him point blank if he had ever even considered discussing her mindset with her 5-year therapist, for whom we had explicitly given permission to contact. We told him again and again that her behavior was empathetic, but he just kept saying that anorexics and their parents are the most resistant to treatment.
    The good news is that immediately upon leaving that place my daughter’s appetite and desire to take care of herself came right back. She’s put a few pounds back on and is making every effort to carefully manage healthier eating habits. There is no anorexia there. A bit of body dismorphia, which we all agreed was there and she promised to work on it while at DBT, but he wouldn’t hear of it. On the day we left the Hamilton Princeton House for the last time, she very well could have tried to kill herself, she was so despondent. Luckily we were able to talk her down, and immediate visits to her therapist and psychiatrist have brought about immeasurable success – we are now two weeks out and still going strong.
    Long story short, STAY AWAY FROM DR. HASSAN! Even his team and his superior let on their own disbelief, as did the staff up in Princeton when I visited their program on my own. Nothing specific was said, but I could tell that each person I talked to had some knowledge of a similar situation. I can’t imagine he’ll be around much longer, but if you are going in there, make sure you get the other doctor (who is well-loved and respected by many, including us).

    • Parent of Teen Girl on

      Thank you for your comment. We are being referred there but there are other PHP options in the area. I have read two other reviews online noting bad experiences with Dr. H. If you see this, can you post the name of the other doctor that you note as being one you respect? Thank you for taking the time to post about your experiences.

  2. I write this from the bottom of my heart. I was in the teen girls program. I am now an adult woman. Two of the therapists there have done and said things that haunt me to this day. I have called recently to PH to complain about the traumatic experience I had, but they will not return my messages, which proves that they are incompetent and unprofessional. The therapist I was assigned lacked empathy for me. She could not relate to my problems and made me feel worse about myself. I was in a domestic violence situation which she helped with, but when it came to my self esteem, it was shattered. From the very first day we met, when I said I did not want to talk about something traumatic that happened to me from my childhood, she yelled at me, just because I didn’t want to talk about it. She wanted me to agree with her about a topic, and made me agree with her. If I said no she shut me down or would yell at me. I have every right to disagree and say no, but this woman was controlling. When talking about my flaws, I said I could be intense, and she got close to me and yelled “YEAH” near my face. That moment made me hate myself, but now I’ve embraced my “intensity”. By the way, she was the most INTENSE one there! None of the other therapists liked her and she talked down to all of them. I have reason to believe she was racist as well. Most of the girls there were White. However, the few brown people who were there, I have seen her scream at them, but give the White girls empathy and reassurance. A different therapist was making me uncomfortable because she was acting aggressive towards me, stared at me a lot, and got close to me physically. I told the therapist I was assigned that this other therapist made me uncomfortable, and you guessed it, I was yelled at! I wasn’t asked what happened, or what would make me say that, I was just belittled and screamed at. I really hated myself, I was treated like I was disgusting, yet this behavior and prejudice from these people is a reflection of them and the standards they set. PrincetonHouse is very disorganized and racist. PH is good for people who NEED it, who NEED help. But for self esteem and for woman of color, WATCH OUT. I recommend personal self help books and other possible resources. PH DOES NOT have to be your only resource. Please do not let any trauma you have endured here affect you in any way. I’ve been suffering from the memories for years, but these people are like this because they LACK EMPATHY. The therapists from the group therapy sessions gave me the opposite treatment. They were kind and respectful and open, and gave me more helpful advice than the therapist I was assigned, who not only cancelled our sessions more than once, but she cursed once in our sessions as well. After yelling at me about what I said about the other therapist, I guess they got into a fight, because they came out of a room and the therapist I was assigned started talking to me a in a quiet voice and gave me a lot of compliments. This is an abuse tactic called ‘love bombing’ people use in order to make their victim feel good while in their control. Although I was never in her control, she was disgusting, as was the other therapist who watched me. The therapist I was assingned helped me with the domestic violence, but other than that, what difference does it make if she was okay with shooting me down from the very beginning?

  3. My loved one had a traumatizing experience at Princeton House. She was accepted into a group program after making the incredibly difficult decision to get sober and address the issues that drove her to drink in the first place. After one week, the person who facilitated the meetings CALLED HER AT WORK to let her know that she could no longer attend the meetings and would have to transfer to another facility. She was told that someone else in the group felt uncomfortable with her being there because they shop in the store she works in. Princeton House dropped her at the most vulnerable point in her recovery, putting her at risk of relapsing or even hurting herself. They reserve the right to do this. This whole situation is first and foremost, unethical, but it goes beyond that to negligent and irresponsible. I would warn anyone who is considering Princeton House that this is a possible outcome, and I can only hope that this review prevents further damage to people seeking help.

  4. I’ve been hearing that patients are complaining that staff members are taking advantage of the woman there and that there have been cases of sex trafficking out of Princeton house I’ve heard these rumors from more than one source including the clinic in Mt Holly and at twin oaks is anyone investigating these claims and if not why not

  5. My name doesn't matter to her on

    Sheryl Gesregan is cruel and inhumane. When I needed help desperately she actually sang the song You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones. I was in tears and sobbing and she was laughing while singing that damn song.

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