IMPORTANT Message regarding

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

EFFECTIVE MARCH 18, 2020

 NJCRI building will be closed.

Services will be provided remotely & virtually

until further notice - visit our website for updates *

Syringe access program

Next tentative on-site service: Friday, April 3rd 9am-12pm 

Please call for confirmation or more information: (973) 558-5063

*In the interest of the safety and well-being of our clients, staff and community at large, please be advised that effective March 18, 2020, our office will be closed until further notice. 

 

This decision was made after thoughtful consideration and at the direction of Local, State and Federal officials (NJ Governor, NJDOG, CDC) and recommendations about best practices during this National Emergency. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: NJCRI will still be providing the following services by appointment only please call:

  • Medical Services: (973) 558-5039 

  • Psychiatric Services: (973) 558-5054

  • Needle Exchange Services:  (973) 558-5063

 

 

PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING NUMBER TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT PRIOR TO
VISITING THE FACILITY: (973) 483-3444 OR 866-448-5812. 

We ask that you please not visit the facility without calling first, you will not be allowed to enter. 

 

If you have an emergency or are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, or believe you have come in contact with the coronavirus, we ask you to please go to your nearest hospital Emergency Room. 

 

NJCRI remains committed to serving our clients during this time and while the facilites will be closed, staff will be working remotely and will be able to assist you. Please visit our webiste  www.njcri.org  contact section for email list of departments.

 

We will be updating the NJCRI website regularly to keep you informed of any further developments. Also follow us on Facbook/NJCRI for current information. Please check daily. In the meantime, please utilize the sources below for additional information about the Coronavirus and best health practices to keep yourself, your family, friends and community safe during this time. 

 

Center of Disease Control and Prevention 

https://ww.cdc.gov

 

New Jersey Department of Health

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

ATTN NEWARK: SCREENING SITE FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TO OPEN IN

ESSEX COUNTY WEEQUAHIC PARK

 

Essex County Residents can Register for an Appointment at www.EssexCOVID.org

 

March 30th, Wednesday,April 1st, and 
Friday April 3rd / 150 tests per day will be administered each day. 

 

The testing site is for Essex County residents; appointments are mandatory. Residents must arrive by car.

 

ABOUT US

NJCRI distinguishes itself by its over 30 year history of providing HIV/AIDS care and treatment to individuals in Northern New Jersey. We are a strong integrated team between all our departments and our full service model, makes NJCRI unique and a welcome oasis for our community.   We will continue to adapt and support our clients with essential and innovative services.

 The North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) is one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS community-based organization.

Our mission is to "empower our clients by reducing social and health disparities in the greater Newark area.”

 

Over the past 30 years of service NJCRI has adapted and changed to rally the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as providing important social services to our community. In 1988, the initial focus was to provide clinical trials in Newark so those that were infected with the HIV virus could gain access to promising investigational treatments. At that time patients were required to travel to New York to receive these services. NJCRI was the first AIDS service organization in New Jersey to provide medical care to those with HIV.  Our staff have published more than 30 research articles and have presented their research findings at local, national and international AIDS conferences. 
 

Today with over 40 different grant-funded programs, NJCRI continues to be on the cutting edge of HIV treatment. We understand that HIV is much larger than just a medical issue, and take pride in providing those in the midst of health disparities with the opportunity to improve their quality of life.  We have taken a holistic approach by streamlining all our services and creating a one-stop resource center for our clients. Named after an esteemed and respected former colleague, the Dr. George Perez Medical Care Center provides care and treatment to both HIV negative and HIV positive patients alike. 

Additional services we offer include behavioral research, transgender medical care, pediatrics, primary medical care, chronic illness management education, street outreach, substance abuse treatment, transportation, mental health/psychiatric services, food pantry, syringe exchange, an adult drop-in center for the homeless , and many LGBTQ services including a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth. We are also strong community advocates and provide technical assistance to other community-based organizations in our area. Approximately over  10,000 people avail themselves of our free and confidential services each year

 
 

OUR SERVICES

 
 

Years of Experience

Clients served yearly

 on average 

Grant funded programs

Dedicated Staff

 

OUR DIRECTORS

Brian McGovern

Chief Executive Officer

Henry Iwuala

Director of

Behavioral Health

Awilda Rivera

Director of Operations

Corey DeStefano

Director of Research

Joseph Rothenberg

Chief Financial Officer

Julio Roman

Director of Community and LGBTQ services

Ronald Poblete, M.D. 
Medical Director

Edward Raiten

Director of
Care and Treatment

 

PAY IT FORWARD!

THE GUIDING FORCE BEHIND OUR MISSION ... OUR CLIENTS!

When you make a gift, you reaffirm your belief in our mission of service and demonstrate your concern for and willingness to help your community.

NJCRI is a 501(c) 3 charitable institution (EIN: 52-1592616). Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

 

 

 

Check donations can be made out to : NJCRI 

Mailing address:

NJCRI 

Attn: Joseph Rothenberg

393 Central Ave

Newark, NJ 07103

 

Your unrestricted donation to NJCRI can help us raise awareness and provide essential treatment and support for those whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS, those who are battling addiction, the homeless, for those in need of emotional support, and for our LGBTQ community at large.

 

 

CONTACT US

*EXTREME WEATHER CLOSURE INFORMATION: (973) 483-3444
DUE TO CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL EMERGENCY, HOURS OF OPERATION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. APPOINTMENT ONLY.

393 Central Ave

Newark NJ, 07103

info@njcri.org      

Tel: 973-483-3444

Our Address

Counseling, Testing, and Referral

Health Screening Department:
Toll free – (888) 688-9097

(973) 483-3444 x 215 / Moseale Coker
Fax – (973) 412-8500

 

HIV Care and Treatment Services:
Erika Escabi, RN x 203 
e.esabi@njcri.org

Medical Case Management:

(973) 483-3444 X 208 / Vieshia Morales
v.morales@njcri.org

 

Nursing Services:

Erika Escabi, RN x 203 e.esabi@njcri.org
Eileen Scarinci, DNP, x 250 e.scarinci@njcri.org

Mental Health:
(973) 483-3444 x 207 / James DeSantis

j.desantis@njcri.org

(973) 483-3444 x 238 / George Walker

g.walker@njcri.org 
F: (973) 849-0117

 

Substance Abuse:

(973) 483-3444 x 237 / Dorinda Coleman

d.coleman@njcri.org

Crossroads/ Project Access:
(973) 483-3444 x 204 / Ricardo Rodney

r.rodney@njcri.org

 

Food pantry:
(973) 483-3444 x 220 / Ron Berry

r.berry@njcri.org
 

HOURS
 

Monday:
 8AM - 6PM

Tuesdays - Friday

8AM - 8PM

 

Saturday

12PM -8PM

LGBTQ Services:
(888) 688-9078

(973) 483-3444 x 217 / Julio Roman
j.roman@njcri.org

PrEP:

(973) 483-3444 x 251 / Ivan Wilson

i.wilson@njcri.org

Project RENEW:
 (973) 483-3444 X 222 / Henry Iwuala 

h.iwuala@njcri.org
Fax – (973) 648-0312

 

Clinical Trials:

(973) 483-3444 x 209 / Juan Torres
j.torres@njcri.org

(973) 483-3444 x205 / Corey DeStefano

c.destefano@njcri.org

 

NJ REACT:
(888) 657-3228

(973) 483-3444 x 239 / Shariff Hall

s.hall@njcri.org
Fax – (973) 485-7080

Medical Monitoring Project:

Shena Dance / s.dance@njcri.org 

973-483-3444 x239 

Oskar Gonzalez / o.gonzalez@njcri.org 

973-483-3444 x 223 
Fax 973-485-7080

 

CONTACT US

NJCRI is about Community focused care.  Please contact us with any questions regarding medical services and treatments, or If you would like to learn more about a specific program and how you can get involved!

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393 Central Avenue Newark, NJ 07103

(973) 483-3444

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Brian McGovern

CEO