Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

We are here to help if your child has a behavioral, emotional or mental health problem.

Our pediatric psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and pediatricians develop a plan for your child and family. We work together to ensure your child receives the best care.

We provide a range of services, from consultations, evaluations and referrals, to ongoing support. This includes monitoring each patient’s mental and physical health, sleep, nutrition, eating habits and development. Psychiatry and behavioral health services include:
  • Therapeutic Nursery Group offers treatment for children ages 3-6 who have aggression, impulsivity, non-compliance, tantrums and other disruptive behaviors. While children are in their therapy sessions, parents and caregivers also participate in group sessions for support related to their children’s behavior.
  • Children’s Partial Hospitalization for children ages 7-13, who are experiencing emotional, psychological or behavioral difficulties at home, in school or in the community.
  • Children’s Specialty Groups for children ages 7-12 address anger management, coping skills, social skills and self-esteem.
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Services include individual, group, and family therapy, as well as psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Specialty groups focus on promoting social and coping skills development.
  • Emergency Psychiatric Services offer crisis intervention, assessments, and referrals for adolescents and children experiencing a psychiatric emergency.
Our goal is to provide compassionate care for children or young adults with a mental or emotional condition. We aim to empower your child with ways to:
  • Manage stress in a healthy manner
  • Develop social skills
  • Discover healthy communication
  • Feel supported after a traumatic experience
  • Develop or improve self-control
  • Develop an overall positive state of mind
  • Eliminate substance abuse, including opioid abuse
Our dedicated pediatric psychiatrists and clinicians treat:
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavior issues
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Hallucinations (hearing voices)
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Mood and behavior disorders
  • Neurological conditions
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic attacks
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Problems with peer relationships and taking direction
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

Emergency Psychiatric Services

In addition to our inpatient and outpatient services, we offer care for emergency situations. Tucked away in our emergency department, you can be assured your privacy is our priority. Our experts understand the importance of working with children and young adults in a comfortable and safe setting.

New Jersey Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (NJPPC) Program

Hackensack Meridian Healthin partnership with Cooper University Health Care and Atlantic Health System, has established the New Jersey Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (NJPPC) across 20 counties in New Jersey.

The NJPPC is a state-funded grant program designed to connect children and adolescents up to age 18 (or up to 21, if a patient is still being treated by a pediatrician) with pediatric behavioral health care consultation and referrals through NJPPC Hub Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAPs) and behavioral health staff.

The model for NJPPC is consultative and aims at educating pediatricians while collaborating with them on managing these patients. It aims to improve the comfort and competence of primary care physicians and pediatricians to screen, identify and manage children with mild to moderate mental/behavioral health and substance use concerns. The NJPPC provides quick access to psychiatric consultation and facilitates referrals for accessing ongoing mental/behavioral health care.

For More Information

Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601
551-996-4450

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Inpatient Consultations
1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753
732-869-2784, ext. 3

Therapeutic Nursery & Partial Hospitalization Program
402 Route 35, Neptune, NJ 07753
732-869-2784

Christopher Center for Mental Health and Wellness
Hope Tower, 9th Floor, 19 Davis Ave, Neptune, NJ
732-897-3640

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services – Parkway 100
3535 Route 66, Building 5, Neptune, NJ 07753
732-643-4363

Urgent Care with Behavioral Health Services (ages 16+)
2040 Route 33, Neptune City, NJ 07753
888-878-1503

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255

Frequently Asked Questions - Parents/Guardians

In order for your child to receive services through the NJPPC, their pediatric provider (e.g. pediatrician) needs to be a registered member of the NJPPC. Although the NJPPC is a consultative program that helps pediatric providers connect patients to behavioral health care, your child’s pediatric provider will still be their primary treatment provider. You may direct your child’s pediatric provider to this link so they can learn more about the NJPPC and how to register with the program.

In spring 2020, the NJPPC made telepsychiatry services available to all patients referred to the NJPPC by participating pediatric providers. For more information about the telehealth services through NJPPC, visit njaap.org/telehealth.

The in-person or telehealth psychiatric evaluation (if needed) is free.

Frequently Asked Questions - Providers

To become a registered member of the NJPPC, providers can fill out the pre-registration form managed by our partners at NJAAP.

Participating pediatricians and pediatric clinicians can consult and collaborate with NJPPC Hub CAPs and behavioral health staff for care coordination of children with mental health needs. They can also refer patients with identified concerns to the Hub behavioral health staff for intake and referral to services in their community.

The NJPPC Hub supports pediatric clinicians in integrating mental/behavioral health and substance use screening, referral, and care coordination into their practices. The NJPPC Hub provides pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, pediatric clinicians, and family physicians who see a pediatric population with quick access to psychiatric consultation and facilitates referrals for children/families in need of mental/behavioral health and substance use resources and support. 

Benefits of becoming a NJPPC-enrolled provider include: 

  • Timely access to psychiatry consultation. For appropriate cases, the NJPPC Hub CAP may see a child/adolescent for a one-time psychiatric evaluation at no charge to the patient. CAP is also available for curbside consultation via phone, including ongoing support for medication management if needed.
  • Consultative support. The NJPPC Hub team assists providers with diagnostic clarification, medication management, and treatment recommendation. 
  • Care coordination. The NJPPC Hub team supports patient/family engagement with appropriate community mental/behavioral health treatment services. 
  • Provider education. In partnership with the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP), NJPPC-enrolled providers are able to access monthly webinars on a variety of mental health topics with CME credits provided.
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