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.

Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative Program

Hackensack Meridian Health, along with Cooper University Health Care, Atlantic Health System, has established the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC) across 20 counties in New Jersey. The PPC is a state-funded grant program designed for children and adolescents up to age 18 (or up to 21, if a patient is still being managed by a pediatrician).

A pediatric behavioral health consult and referral program, the PPC is designed to collaborate with registered pediatricians to improve their comfort and competency in screening, identifying and managing patients with behavioral health concerns.

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

Let your child know that you support him or her. While you may feel helpless or frustrated, your child may be struggling with those emotions as well. Your actions are just as crucial to your child’s recovery as the medical care he or she receives. Consider joining support groups or family counseling, as it is important for the whole family to understand what your child is going through.

Make sure to speak to your child’s teachers and school counselor so they can partner with you and develop a plan to help your child succeed.

The most common forms of treatment are:

  • Therapy – your child will speak to a licensed clinician and learn how to communicate and manage thoughts, feelings or behaviors in a healthy manner.
  • Medication – your child’s physician or psychiatrist may suggest an antidepressant, anxiety medication or mood stabilizers to treat and manage your child’s condition.

If your child is displaying behavior or mood changes, intense or overwhelming feelings without any reason, unexplained weight loss, or signs of self-harm, consult your child’s doctor.
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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.

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