Helping children develop and manage a healthy mindset
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:
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Hallucinations (hearing voices)
Impulse control disorders
Mood and behavior disorders
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Problems with peer relationships and taking direction
Sadness or hopelessness
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are signs that I should bring my child to a psychiatrist?
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.
How will a specialist treat my child?
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.
How can I help my child manage a mental health condition?
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.
Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative Pilot 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 aims to improve the comfort and competence of pediatric primary care clinicians to screen, identify and manage patients with behavioral health concerns. Participating pediatricians have quick access to behavioral health consult and referral services for the children and families in their care.