MCVSD School Psychologist Wellness Corner: The Wellness Corner is a place where students, teachers, and parents can find information on mental health topics including stress management, coping skills, mental health resources, and local events. HERE
MCVSD Student Assistance Coordinator: Education, Wellness, and Resources. HERE
|Resources in Response to School Threats of Violence
Schools across the country have recently experienced an increase in threats of violence; some have been called in and some have witnessed threats on social media. These threats may have caused disruptions to school schedules and can created a heightened sense of anxiety for school communities. While never acceptable, the current threats are occurring at a time when many have already experienced a recent trauma or witnessed violence, are struggling with ongoing impacts of COVID-19, and/or racism. When people have experienced these traumas, they become more aware of dangerous situations and have an increased need to keep themselves and those that they love safe. Here are some suggestions to support school communities during this time of heightened anxiety:
It is important that we respond to these threats, but we do not want to over-react to them. Finding ways to partner with others to share and develop strategies for maximizing a supportive school culture that prioritizes everyone’s well-being will help create effective solutions for all.
NCTSN has additional resources for schools and addressing trauma https://www.nctsn.org/trauma-informed-care/creating-trauma-informed-systems/schools
For those that are needing technical assistance or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Melissa Brymer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAL RESOURCES UPDATED COVID-19 Updated Local Resources 12-07-2021
Monmouth County is holding an Emergency Rental Assistance Week December 11-17
Representatives will be on-site at various locations throughout the week to take Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) applications and provide other resource information. Please see the attached flyers in English and Spanish.
The NJ Department of Human Services is promoting the federal Lifeline and the Emergency Broadband Benefit programs which help make phone and internet service more affordable for low-income individuals and families. Individuals enrolled in certain assistance programs like Medicaid or SNAP automatically qualify for both federal programs. More information HERE
Housing, Financial, Personal Resources HERE
NJ Energy Assistance NJ Energy Assistance Brochure (English) NJ Energy Assistance Brochure (Spanish)
NJ Utility Assistance Fall 2021 BPU Assistance Flyer (Eng) Fall 2021 BPU Assistance Flyer (Spanish)
NJ State Youth Resources
NJ Parent Link
NJ Parent Link Older Siblings
NJ Parent Link Child Care & K-12
NJ Parent Link Special Situations
NJ Parent Link COVID-19 Family Resources
NJ COVID-19: Coping, Challenges, Crises Intervention & Support
Monmouth County Covid-19 Vaccination Sites November HERE
HOTLINES and SUPPORT
Call 911 for immediate life threatening emergency assistance
The 2nd floor is a youth hotline that is rooted in Monmouth County Call or Text 24/7; 1-888-222-2228
Click HERE for a pdf of the January 2022 Virtual Calendar of Free & Public Support Groups, in response to COVID-19, by MHANJ New Jersey Hope and Healing
Urgent situations contact PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624
Suicide Prevention Lifeline; Is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress: 1-800-273-8255
The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, in partnership with Monmouth ACTS, has counselors available to provide free telephonic support for ANY Monmouth County resident in need. The Monmouth County COVID-19 hotline is now available by calling MHA directly Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. 732.542.6422.
NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, offers help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.
STAFF SUPPORT: NJ Hope and Healing Program- Our program offers customized services for needs you and your teachers might have, such as creating webinars, tip sheets, or support groups geared toward specific topics you identify. We also can provide short-term crisis counseling.
Here is our website with content we have created, in video, flyer/tip sheet, and PowerPoint formats https://gsapp.rutgers.edu/centers-clinical-services/ccp-fema-samhsa/resources
Here is our YouTube channel with asynchronous webinars we have created https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6cxcScEPYqiyTNsZEqBkQ/videos
RWJ Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program offers emotional support services, education and community-based resources for individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To access our full list of services:
Call: 833-795-HOPE (833-795-4673)
Monmouth Resource Net provides a wide range of information about support, resources, and services for the residents of Monmouth County, NJ. It is a collaboration between Monmouth ACTS and MonmouthCares, Inc. More information visit https://www.monmouthresourcenet.org/
The 211 system is found throughout the United States and is devoted to connecting people in need to the resources that can help. While each 211 operates independently, all of the more than 200 organizations provide a network of local support that people can call on with confidence when they need help and simply don't know where to turn. In New Jersey, our motto has been: Need Help? Start Here.
NJ 211 provides live assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our services are free, confidential and multilingual. There are several ways to reach us: By phone (simply dial 2-1-1); via text (send your zip code to 898-211); email (email@example.com); or chat with us online. Whichever method you choose, you will be communicating with a community resource specialist who has been educated about federal, state and local systems created to help people who are struggling. Our specialists have access to a resource database of over 8,800 community programs and services that assist people who need help with life's most basic needs... things like food, utilities, affordable housing, rental assistance, mental and physical health, substance use disorders, child care, senior needs, legal assistance, transportation, disability services and so much more.
NJ 211 also serves as the State Homeless Hotline and New Jersey's Utility Assistance Hotline. Most recently, we were asked to support the NJ Department of Health by serving as the number to call when looking for general information about state directives and services related to Covid-19.
Information about support, resources, and services for the residents of Monmouth County, NJ.
PerformCare & Monmouth Cares
PerformCare partners with the state of New Jersey's Division of Children's System of Care for all children, adolescents and young adults who are in need of specific treatment services. PerformCare is focused on prevention and early intervention. The mission is to help families and caregivers create a more stable and healing environment for children, address barriers to well-being, and maximize youth and family strengths. Services include in-home, in-community, and out-of-home programs.
Monmouth Cares is a non-profit agency that is part of the New Jersey Division of Children's System of Care. Parents and guardians will be connected to Monmouth Cares through calling PerformCare. A licensed clinician referred from Monmouth Cares will ask a series of questions to address the needs and concerns of the family. The clinician will help families access the right level of care.
Only parents or guardians can make the call to PerformCare to request services. Contact PerformCare NJ 1 - 877 - 652 - 7624
Mobile Response is provided to youth who experience challenges that threaten their current living arrangements. They provide face-to-face crisis response within an hour of notification. Mobile Response is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can offer up to an additional 8 weeks of stabilization services in certain situations.
Children's Mobile Response & Stabilization System is run by CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. They are located at: 10 Industrial Way East, Eatontown, NJ 07724. The phone number is 732 - 935 - 2268 and fax number is 732 - 982 - 3155. The 24 hour crisis hotline is 1 - 877 - 652 - 7624.
CPC Behavioral Health
CPC provides mental health services to Monmouth County residents. CPC's mission is to deliver services in mental health, substance abuse, special education and physical health through an integrated system of care designed to promote wellness, recovery and productive lives. CPC offers a system of care for children, adolescents and families, as well as adults. There are a variety of treatments and programs available. CPC works with children and families who are experiencing problems that range from: depression, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, trauma, oppositional defiant disorder, family conflict, school refusal, self-harm, substance abuse and co-occuring disorders, among others.
In addition, Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (CMRSS) offers crisis intervention, de-escalation and case management services to children and families throughout Monmouth County. CMRSS is located at the Eatontown Counseling and Administration Office location.
Psychiatric Services at Monmouth Medical Center
Monmouth Medical Center Behavioral Health Services include comprehensive mental health programs for children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with psychiatric and dual disorders.
Behavioral Health Services at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Behavioral Health Services provides comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to the residents of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The program is dedicated to providing outstanding Behavioral Health Services.
2nd Floor Youth Helpline . 1 - 888 - 222 - 2228
CentraState Medical Center . 732 - 780 - 6023
Jersey Shore Medical Center . 732 - 776 - 4555
Monmouth Medical Center . 732 - 923 - 6999
Riverview Medical Center . 732 - 219 - 5325
180 Turning Lives Around . 732 - 264 - 4111
Mobile Response and Stabilization . 1 - 877 - 652 - 7624
NJ Child Abuse - Division of Youth and Family Services . 1 - 877 - 652 - 2873
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer- Is a program to help you purchase food for your child(ren) who normally would get free or reduced price meals at school but couldn't due to reduced school attendance or hours. P-EBT benefits are available for any month of the 2020-2021 school year that your child(ren) had a fully virtual or a hybrid learning schedule for most of the month. More Info Here and Spanish
NJ Utility Bill Assistance Program- UtilityBillAssistancePrograms
The Monmouth County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is accepting applications for tenants who owe back rent due to Covid-19. Tenant OR landlord may initiate the application. The application must be completed online. www.monmouthcountyerap.com
There are 11 community agencies throughout Monmouth County who are able to assist people who do not have access to computers, or who may need help in completing the application. The list of those organizations is also HERE
New Jersey renters, landlords and homeowners seeking information on the latest housing rules, assistance grants, legal assistance or help working out a rental repayment plan can find answers through a website launching Friday by the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey at www.housinghelpnj.org.
The one-stop website includes a toll-free phone number, 888-691-3002, that New Jerseyans can call to be connected with Volunteer Lawyers for Justice for legal help dealing with eviction filings, or with members of community group partners that can act as mediators if a tenant needs help working out a deal with a landlord to pay back rent in arrears without going to court.
Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative
Connects Residents to County Resources
FREEHOLD, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional pressure for families facing challenges with employment, childcare, housing and more – many of whom are dealing with these challenges for the first time. Monmouth County residents who are feeling the financial strain are encouraged to turn to the Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) for help.
Launched last year by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, FRI is part of Monmouth ACTS, a unique public/private partnership that brings together county employees and community partners, and the work of its existing Financial Empowerment Hub which provides financial guidance and support.
Monmouth ACTS has been there throughout the pandemic to assist families with various needs. Now, with the growing need for services due to financial strains caused by the pandemic, FRI is there to educate residents on the financial programs and services available to them.
FRI includes six service areas: financial assistance and support, financial coaching and income tax assistance, housing assistance, workforce training and employment assistance, nutrition assistance and childcare resources. Each service area is part of a growing collaboration of service providers of over 50 community organizations working together.
Residents can seek help from FRI in two ways.
- By calling 732-683-8959 to be connected to a dedicated member of the Financial Recovery team to assess individual needs and be directed to the appropriate resource.
- By visiting MonmouthACTS.org/FRI for a host of information about numerous resources throughout the County.
Parenting During COVID-19 Resource Guide Parenting-During-COVID-19-Resource-Guide
NJDOE Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Students: Parent/Educator Resources HERE
Staff Resources for Support- NJ_Crisis_Resources_Staff
Staff Resource WestEd- Self_Care_Strategies_for_Educators_During_the_Coronavirus_Crisis
Mental Health America Back To School 2020 Coping During COVID Outreach Toolkit- Supports for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Full 2020 Back to School Toolkit - Images Separate_0
CASEL- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.
Department of Human Services Provides Resources on Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program
Attached is a flier from the United Way regarding financial assistance for any of our residents who may need it Virtual FSC Network Services - English and Spanish
Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU Flyer) provides free crisis intervention and information & referral services for teens (ages 10-17) and their families who are experiencing any of the following:
Free and Reduce Lunch Application English 20-21- Free-Red Lunch App ENGLISH
Free and Reduced Lunch Application Spanish 20-21- Free-Red Lunch App SPANISH
Hackensack Meridian Health- Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Groups
Social Skills Groups: For children and adolescents ages 7-17 experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues at home, school, or the community. Focuses on socialization skills, peer relationships, and anger management with the goal of teaching and reinforcing appropriate behavior.
Coping Skills Groups: For children and adolescents ages 7-17 experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Focuses on feelings identification, feelings exploration, and coping skills.
Locations: Booker Behavioral Health at Riverview Medical Center, Shrewsbury. Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.
Schedule an Appt or more information: Deborah Lynch at 732-869-2759
After a traumatic event, some children may worry that something will happen to them or the people they care about. Attached is some information on helping youth following an episode of mass violence.
To Report a Case of Child Abuse or Neglect: call the Division of Child Protection and Permanency at: 1-877-NJABUSE (1-877-652-2873). In New Jersey every citizen, no matter what their occupation or relationship to the child, who comes in contact and observes behavior or conditions that might indicate abuse or neglect is required by law to report their suspicions. Then state authorities can investigate and take appropriate action.
New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention
Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to decreasing youth suicide. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for New Jersey's youth ages 10-24.
Parents, professionals and/or just concerned citizens can use the following resources for support and/or guidance related to suicide or suicide prevention.
If your life or someone else's is in imminent danger, please call 911.
If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call: 1-855-654-6735
New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline
The Hopeline is New Jersey's dedicated in-state peer support and suicide prevention hotline staffed by mental health professionals and peer support specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is available to callers of all ages for confidential telephone support (except when a suicide attempt is in progress), assessment, and referral. Crisis chat is also accessible through the website and the service can be reached by texting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screening and Screening Outreach Programs
Available in each county 24-hours a day, seven-days a week to individuals in emotional crisis who require immediate attention.
An individual may be seen without an appointment, or be brought to the screening center by a parent, friend, spouse, law enforcement official, mental health worker, or any other concerned individual.
For information visit the DHS Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services' website at www.nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/home/hotlines/MH_Screening_Centers.pdf.
When a child is facing challenges to their functioning and well-being, finding the right services and support can be overwhelming.
To access support from Perform Care for children and youth who are not in crisis click HERE.
Mobile Response and Crisis Screening
To access CSOC Mobile Response services please call 1-877-652-7624.
You can also view a listing of the Crisis/Screening Centers in New Jersey to learn where the local screening center is located in your county.
2ND Floor Youth Helpline
Accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, 2ND Floor confidentially serves youth and young adults (ages 10-24). Youth who call are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers.
Mental Health Resources
For children between the ages of 5 to 17 who have emotional or behavioral problems and
for young adults ages 18 to 21 call Value Options at 1-877-652-7624.
For Mobile Crisis Response (will respond to home or school within one hour) call Value
Options at 1-877-652-7624 For the Hearing Impaired call 1-866-896-6975 (TDD); on site
response to diffuse an emotional/behavioral disturbance that endangers the child's continued
placement in their living arrangement.
|American Foundation for Suicide Prevention||212-363-3500
|Bayshore Community Hospital||732-739-5900|
|Catholic Charities – Family and Community Services Monmouth County||1-800-360-7711|
|Centra State Medical Center
Centra State Behavioral Health
|CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc||732-842-2000|
|Family & Children's Services||732-222-9111
Freehold & Red Bank
|Family Growth Program
for victims of childhood trauma
|Jersey Shore Behavioral Health Services||732-643-4363
|Jewish Family and Children's Services||732-774-6886
Asbury Park & Red Bank
|Mental Health Association||732-542-6422|
|Monmouth Medical Center
Pollack Clinic Long Branch
Psychiatric Crisis Screening
|Riverview Medical Center||732-450-2900
|Seek & Find Counseling Services (bilingual)||732-923-1627|
|The Community YMCA Family Services||732-290-9040
Private practitioners are referred by private insurance.
Internet Safety for Parents
Federal Bureau of Investigation U.S. Department of Justice
"A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety" Here For further information please contact your local FBI office or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678
180 Turning Lives Around (formerly The Women's Center of Monmouth County)
1 Bethany Road, Building 3, Suite 42, Hazlet NJ 07730
Toll Free Hotlines:
Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hours 1-888-843-9262
Sexual Assault/Rape Hotline, 24 hours 1-888-264-RAPE
2ND Floor TM Youth Helpline, 9 a.m. – 12 midnight
Monmouth County Medicaid Line 732-761-3600
United Healthcare Community Plan 1-844-813-7805
Amerigroup NJ, Inc. 1-800-452-7101
Horizon NJ Health 1-800-682-9094
Other Agencies and Resources
|Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office||732-431-7160|
|Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit||732-431-7160|
|Victims of Crime Compensation Board||973-648-2107|
|Easter Seals NJ||732-918-1188|
|Advocates for Children of NJ||973-643-3876|
|Community Affairs & Resource Center||732-774-3282|
|Monmouth Housing Alliance||732-389-2958|
|Monmouth County Health Department||732-431-7456|
|Division of Disability Determinations (DDD)||732-863-4500|
|Monmouth County Office on Disabilities||732-431-7399|
|Division of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing||1-800-792-8339|
|Boys & Girls Club||732-775-7862|
|First Assist Hunterdon Helpline||1-800-272-4630|
Collaborative of Monmouth County exist in the following communities for referrals and services for Health, Mental Health or Social Service needs:
Keansburg Resource Network
13 Kennedy Way
Keansburg, NJ 07734
* Fiscal agent –
Mental Health Association of Monmouth County
Long Branch Concordance
279 Broadway Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
732-571-1670 ext. 303
Red Bank Resource Center
145 Maple Avenue
Red Bank, NJ 07701
CPC Behavioral Healthcare