Eligibility Requirements

The House serves families of pediatric patients age 21 and younger who are being actively treated at area hospitals. For patients who are not admitted to the hospital, but are receiving treatment, we require a minimum of two hospital visits per week. Female patients being treated for high-risk pregnancies also qualify to stay.

Families must live at least 35 miles away from the House to be eligible.

Initial referrals for room requests must be received from either a social worker, nurse or physician at the patient’s hospital or doctor’s office.

Although a family may be eligible to stay, priority on the room request will be determined according to the severity of the child’s medical condition and the distance traveled to the hospital for care, in coordination with the referring hospital.

Effective June 17, 2019, a criminal background check will be required for all guests over the age of 18, including the patient. A link to complete the background check will be sent to the email address listed in your room request form. If a background has not been completed for an adult 18 or over prior to staying at the house, that individual will not be permitted to check in to the house.

Only the names given and background checks completed make a family member eligible to stay at the house. If you wish to add another individual you must provide us with 48 notice prior to your expected arrival. Background checks are valid for 12 months

RMHSNJ does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, immigration status, housing status, gender status, or ability to pay for their stay.