Hackensack Meridian Health - Children's Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

(732) 897-3640

Hackensack Meridian Health - Children's Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

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 Health in 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.

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

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Inpatient Consultations
1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753

Brick Psychiatry
1610 Route 88 W Brick, NJ 08724

Children Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapeutic Nursery & Partial Hospitalization Program
61 Davis Ave, Neptune, NJ 07753

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

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

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Treatment Services
Outpatient Services
Areas Served
  • Monmouth County

Last Updated: 06/27/24