Health Provider

Preferred Behavioral Health Group

(732) 458-1700


The SAIL Program services adolescents aged 13 to 18 with behavioral or emotional issues. SAIL strives to meet the emotional needs of these young people and develop coping skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. We focus on maximizing personal growth and coping skills


RIPTIDE is an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) substance abuse program with a school component for adolescents who cannot remain in school during treatment.

Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Services

This program provides crisis intervention and stabilization services to youth (birth to age 21) exhibiting severe emotional or behavioral disturbances that threated to disrupt their current living arrangements. To access services, please call the statewide, toll-free hotline at 1-877-652-7624. Mobile Response and Stabilization Services provide 24-hour services. 365 days per year..

Visitation Program

This program serves families who are required to have supervision in order to visit with their children. The goal of this program is to maintain regular contact on a planned basis between child, parent, family members and/or significant others that will reinforce the plan of reunification, help the child to maintain a sense of family identity or determine other permanent plans for the child.

Healthy Families

Healthy Families serves to prevent abuse and neglect of children under three years of age by providing early risk identification and intervention to families at risk. Assistance to at-risk parents is provided to promote positive child development for their infants and young children. The program staff ensures that families at risk for child abuse and neglect receive appropriate health and supportive services as well as identify and build on family strengths and support parents as the primary caregivers and nurturers of their children.

Project Independence

This program is designed to give adolescents ages 16-21 a head start for responsible living as young adults. Each participant is given a comprehensive independent living skills assessment to determine life skills proficiency levels. Intensive training is then provided through both educational groups and individual skills training sessions. Participation in the program is at least six months long but can continue as long as the youth's commitment to obtaining the goal is evident.

School Based Youth Services

The School Based Youth Services Programs address the social and health needs of teens in a comprehensive, one-stop shopping, non-stigmatized manner in their school setting in order to promote healthy youth development. These programs provide a full array of behavioral health and social services to the students and their families within the Lakewood and Brick school districts. These services include, but are not limited to: individual, group and family counseling, case management, substance abuse services, college exposure, job readiness training and recreation.

Family Friendly Center

The Family Friendly Center is a collaborative effort between the Lakewood Board of Education and Preferred Children's Services. The center provides after-school programming in six core component areas, including Academic Remediation, Academic Enrichment, Cultural and Artistic Activities, Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Physical Activities, Positive Youth Development and Parental Involvement. The usual activities include snacks, homework assistance, mentoring, arts and crafts, assorted enrichment activities and recreation (outdoors if weather permits).

Preferred Center for Children and Families

PCCF is an outpatient mental health program providing youths age 4-18 and their caregivers with the assistance, support and education to manage behaviors, depression, anxiety, domestic issues, and other disorders in a nurturing health-focused environment.

We offer a highly specialized network of treatment and support services to match your specific need. Our staff of psychiatric prescribers and therapists are here to ensure the best results. Call 732.785.1900

Wrap Around Services

This service is customized to meet the individual needs of the children and their families within the community. These services include traditional individual and family counseling, in-home therapeutic services, companionship services, and parenting training. Call 732.367.1710 ext. 9300

Teen Intervene

A tested, time efficient, evidence-based program for teenagers 12 to 19 years old who are experimenting or experiencing mild substance use, covering all drugs but with a special focus on alcohol, marijuana and tobacco use. The program is completed in three to four sessions and is designed to work with the teen. Parents or guardians are included in the last session. Scholarships are available. Call 732.367.1710 ext. 9300

Fit to Return

Contracted Services with local school districts to provide psychological assessments in 24-48 hours to determine emotional fitness to return to school. Call 732.458.1700, ext. 1133

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
Community Services
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Treatment Services
Outpatient Services
Treatment Settings
  • Office / Practice
  • School
Areas Served
  • Monmouth County
  • Ocean County

Last Updated: 02/01/18