World Trade Center Health Program

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Welcome!

If you were a responder to the WTC attack on 9/11/2001, please have a look at the ways that you may benefit from our program.

The WTC Health Program

The World Trade Center Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for eligible rescue, recovery, and clean-up workers who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA., as outlined by the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The WTC Health Program also provides services for survivors who were present in the dust cloud on 9/11 or who lived, worked, or went to school, childcare or adult day care in the New York City disaster area.

There are eight Clinical Centers of Excellence (CCE) in New York City (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties), and New Jersey, all of which provide care to 9/11 responders. Each CCE is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a part of the World Trade Center Health Program.

WTC CCE Rutgers

Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences (RBHS) was awarded a contract by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to provide monitoring exams and treatment to the responders of the WTC attack. WTC CCE Rutgers is housed within the EOHSI Clinical Center at RBHS.

If you have selected us as your preferred CCE, you can expect to receive your annual monitoring exam at our facilities. If it has been more than one year since your last monitoring exam, contact us at (848) 445-0123 ext. 3 to schedule your first appointment.

Location

WTC CCE Rutgers
EOHSI Clinical Center
170 Frelinghuysen Rd, Floor 1
Piscataway, NJ 08854

There is a small parking lot in front of the EOHSI building for clinic patients. Please park in the small lot. When you arrive, one of our assistants will provide you with a parking pass to hang on your rear view mirror.

Patient Information

Registration

How do you become a member? Responders and survivors each have a specific application form that is unique for that membership group. To apply for enrollment in the WTCHP as a “General Responder,” print and complete the downloadable application below.

General Responder Form

Once the forms are completed, please send the materials along with supporting documentation to:

WTC Health Program
P.O. Box 7000
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Or fax your forms to the WTC Health Program at (877) 646-5308.

If you have any questions regarding the application, or would like help in understanding its requirements, you may call the WTC Health Program at (888) 982-4748. A trained customer service representative will be able to answer your questions. Also, eligibility requirements, instructions and applications may be found on the NIOSH WTC Health Program website.

Current Members

Newly enrolled members will receive a letter from the WTC Health Program from the Program Administrator informing them that they have been accepted into the WTC Health Program. Then, an Enrollment Processor from the WTC Member Enrollment Department will call the member to guide his selection of a CCE. Once you have selected WTC CCE Rutgers as your CCE, you can expect to receive a call from one of our representatives within a week to schedule an initial health evaluation/monitoring exam.

In some cases, members proactively contact the WTC Health Program Call Center in the hope of obtaining information and learning of their eligibility status. If we are your preferred CCE, you may contact us directly at (848) 445-0123 ext. 3 at any point after you receive the welcome letter.

Members will receive a call between 6 to 8 weeks prior to their next expected monitoring visit from one of our representatives to schedule an appointment. If you have moved in the last year, please provide our front desk team with your updated contact information.

All members are eligible for an annual monitoring exam and treatment for concerns that pertain to 9/11 and WTC attack illnesses. If you have an issue or concern that may be related to your experiences on 9/11, you will first be evaluated by one of our doctors.

Resources

Program Services

Annual Monitoring Exam

All enrolled responders are eligible for an annual monitoring exam conducted by qualified physicians who are specialized in Occupational Medicine. The purpose of the monitoring exams is three-fold.

  • To provide a periodic physical and mental health assessment designed to identify acute and latent effects that are WTC-related.
  • To serve as an avenue for clinical data collection, analysis, and reporting to ensure that all services provided adhere to the appropriate protocols.
  • To offer treatment and/or a treatment referral to patients who have been diagnosed with a WTC-related condition. The presence of a suspected WTC-related condition may lead to a referral for additional diagnostic testing and/or treatment.

Monitoring Location

WTC CCE Rutgers
EOHSI Clinical Center
170 Frelinghuysen Rd, Floor 1
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(see map above)

Medical Treatment Services

Medical treatment is provided by several faculty members of Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, all of whom are specialists in Occupational Medicine. Our team includes Iris Udasin, MD, Barbara Marroccoli, MD, Michael Pratt, MD, Joe Romano, MD, and Anays Sotolongo, MD.

Specialty Care

Referrals for specialty care may be submitted by WTC CCE Rutgers clinicians.

A WTC-related health condition certification is required for treatment services to be paid by the WTC Health Program. The certification is based on a review of your physician’s clinical assessment on the relationship between your WTC exposure and the diagnosis of the qualifying health condition. One of your WTC physicians or mental health clinicians will complete the necessary paperwork and submit it for review by the WTC Health Program. Please ask your physician about the timeline for treatment.

Mental Health Treatment Services

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Medication Consultation
  • Benefits Counseling
Where are you today?

Maybe you were called into your boss’ office after you snapped at one of your colleagues. Maybe you are trying to figure out how to deal with a loved one or friend after an argument that ended explosively. Because when your anger is expressed, it may be difficult to dial it down or keep it in check. You may be reminding yourself to take things one day at a time, filling it with jobs around the house, because that’s the only thing that has helped you from feeling sad… or feeling anxious. You’ve noticed that this doesn’t lead to any lasting changes. The thoughts come back, maybe as intensely as the first time. But you’re trying to get through the day. And when night falls, maybe that’s when you face a different set of demons. Restful sleep is hard to come by. And sometimes the nightmares startle you so much that you’re willing to sacrifice sleep in the hopes of finding peace. Maybe you find yourself thinking about 9/11 often. Maybe your thoughts meander back to all of your losses. And there were many. Maybe your mind brings you back to thinking about all the things you did on “that day” and the days afterward. These memories may sit with you for minutes, maybe all day, as the feelings of sadness, anxiety, panic, or rage sets in. And maybe reading this page, this paragraph, is a sign that things aren’t as they once were, or how you wished for your life to be at this age.

Common signs of 9/11-related mental health conditions include:

  • Guilt
  • Sleeping problems
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Nightmares and upsetting memories from 9/11
  • Nervousness, anxiety, panic, fear
  • Sadness, depressed mood
  • Anger or aggressive thinking
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • No interest in activities
  • Excessive drinking

WTC CCE Rutgers offers the following support services for members. Non-WTC-certified members are allowed up to two sessions, in which one of our mental health clinicians will assess for WTC-certified conditions. Members with WTC-certified mental health conditions are allowed as many services as are needed.

Individual Psychotherapy

Therapy is structured around your concerns and treatment goals. Often times, it can be hard to put your feelings and experiences in words. We can make it our goal to better understand your discomforts and to develop ways to address them. We understand that Therapy is most effective if the member is able to attend weekly.

If you do not reside near WTC CCE Rutgers, we may be able to connect you with our external providers through our referral network, which consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers practicing across most of New Jersey, parts of central to eastern Pennsylvania, New York City, and the surrounding communities.

Groups

If you are interested in any of our groups, please contact Dr. Paul Park in mental health services at (848) 445-6002 to schedule an appointment with one of our group facilitators. He or she will schedule an appointment to meet with you individually to get an understanding of how you would benefit and contribute to group, provide additional details about the group, and try to answer all of your questions. It is important to us to provide you a meaningful and therapeutic group experience. This meeting is one way that we aim to ensure this.

WTC CCE Rutgers offers members an Experience Group facilitated by clinicians trained in group psychotherapy. This is a forum to connect with other WTC responders in an emotionally safe and secure environment. Group themes are often member generated. Whether it’s empowering others with coping strategies that you have found successful in your life, or talking about the things on your mind, the emphasis of this group is on connecting with others and restoring your sense of community. These groups are best suited for individuals who have the capacity to give and receive support to and from others.

Pain Management Group: while pain may have biological origins, research has shown that chronic medical pain can be worsened by negative emotions and perceptions. For those who have endured pain for months, if not years, the idea of better managing their pain sounds unlikely. The Chronic Medical Illness Group was designed specifically with these persons in mind, and would incorporate the gold-standard in pain management treatment interventions.

Anger and Stress Management Group: focuses on helping you to better manage your emotions. By connecting with your emotions and understanding what they are trying to tell you, you can learn how to deal with your emotions more effectively.

Medication Management

Individuals interested in a psychiatric medication consultation by a psychiatrist can be connected to one of our external providers. Please contact Dr. Paul Park for more details.

Benefits Counseling

Have you experienced a change in your capacity to work since 9/11? Have these changes affected your ability to care for yourself or your family? The staff at the WTC Health Program may be able to assist you in the following:

  • September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF)
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Line of duty injury benefits
  • World Trade Center disability pension for public sector workers
  • Social Security disability
  • New York State Crime Victims Board
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Referrals for mental health
  • Referrals for housing and immigration court advocacy
  • Vocational retraining
  • Emergency assistance for utilities, eviction, and food
Mental health treatments are located at

WTC CCE Rutgers
EOHSI Clinical Center
170 Frelinghuysen Rd, Floor 1
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(see map above)

Research Studies

Ongoing Studies at EOHSI

While EOHSI faculty members serve as advisors, they also conduct research on the environmental and occupational health aspects of this event. For instance, Dr. Paul Lioy, Associate Director of EOHSI and Director of its Exposure Science Division, and his colleagues examined the dust/smoke from September 11th to determine its make-up and potential exposure issues. This research has also been discussed in a documentary entitled “New York Dust” on the Discovery Channel and has been reported in several media outlets including a number of newspapers. Below are links to studies and news items involving the WTC-related work of EOHSI researchers.

Researchers at EOHSI also worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to model the plume created by the WTC collapse. They reconstructed the location, time-based concentrations and exposure patterns in downwind locations from the WTC site, as well as location and time-based exposure patterns for the initial dust/smoke and fires within the first week after the collapse. They also looked at the longer term smoldering fire emissions from Ground Zero and results were applied to longer-term epidemiological studies.

Members of the NIEHS Center’s Community Outreach and Education Program have worked with the NYU NIEHS Center to hold community forums in the lower Manhattan area. They also developed a WTC Coalition Network with other area NIEHS Centers that included the development of a website with environmental health information for the public as well as a dust reduction brochure that was distributed to the community.

Dr. Howard Kipen, Deputy Director of EOHSI and Director of its Occupational Health Division, collaborated with the New York Fire Department on an epidemiological study of 11,000 firefighters. They administered a questionnaire to focus on mental health and medically unexplained symptoms. He also collaborated with the New York Academy of Medicine to look at 3,000 New York and New Jersey residents (using a geographic stratification) for their physical symptoms, perceptions of their health – mental and physical, and their perception of the odors.

The World Trade Center Environmental Health Information Network – A Coalition of Academia, Communities and Governments

The WTC Environmental Health Information Network was established to address the environmental health effects of the World Trade Center tragedy and to provide the public and health care professionals with resources and information as it becomes available.

Community Outreach and Education Programs at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Centers from Columbia University, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York University and Rutgers University are managing the network.

Academia
Communities

External Providers

Call for New Jersey Psychiatrists!

WTC CCE Rutgers is looking for qualified psychiatrists in community practices across New Jersey to provide psychiatric services to the responders of the WTC attack. Successful candidates should have a passion for working with men and women in uniformed services and at least four years of treating individuals who have a diagnosis of PTSD in addition to Major Depressive, Panic, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders. We offer highly competitive reimbursement rates, which are reliably and promptly handled by the World Trade Center Health Program. For more information, please contact our mental health clinician, Paul Park, PsyD, at (848) 445-6002.

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phone: 848-445-0123 | email: clinic@eohsi.rutgers.edu

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