Behavioral Health Resources for Families | PerformCare (2023)

If you are involved in an immediate life-threatening situation, emergency, or any serious behavioral health problem that, if not dealt with right away, could lead to your child being harmed or possibly harming someone else, please dial 911.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 1-800-273-8255

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

New Jersey Hopeline — 1-855-654-6735

The Hopeline is New Jersey's 24/7 peer support and suicide prevention hotline. The specialists at the NJ Hopeline are available to provide confidential phone counseling, support and referrals to local resources to help youth and families get through difficult times.

New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC) – 1-877-652-7624

The New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC) serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families; children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families; and, children with substance use challenges and their families. CSOC is committed to providing services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.

2NDFLOOR — New Jersey’s youth helpline – 1-888-222-2222

The New Jersey statewide youth helpline, 2NDFLOOR, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to youth and young adults ages 10 – 24 to help find solutions to the problems they face at home, school or play.

The helpline is supervised at all times by a mental health professional. Youth are provided with relevant and appropriate links to information and services to address their social, emotional and physical needs. Calls to the 2NDFLOOR youth helpline are anonymous and confidential, except in life-threatening situations.

Cornell Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources (SIRRR)

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The Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources (SIRRR) website is part of the Cornell University Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery and summarizes their work, as well as provides links and resources to self-injury information.

Their work is intended to generate new research and insight into self-injury. They also aim to translate the growing body of knowledge about self-injury into resources and tools useful for those seeking to better understand, treat, and prevent it.

Family Success Centers

The New Jersey Division of Children and Families funds a statewide network of Family Success Centers as “one-stop” shops in each county that provide wrap-around resources and supports for families before they find themselves in crisis.

Kinship Navigator Program

Kinship caregivers are special people who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their relatives' children. The local Kinship agencies help caregivers “navigate” other forms of government assistance, determine if the caregiver’s family is eligible for Kinship Navigator program benefits such as help with short-term expenses for the relative child, such as furniture, moving expenses and clothing. Finally, the Kinship agencies provide technical support and guide the family through the process of Kinship Legal Guardianship if the caregiver wishes to make a legal commitment to the child.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) — 1-800-950-6264

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid - 1-800-701-0710

New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. Qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.

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NJ Helps

The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout the State of New Jersey.

SAMHSA National Helpline — 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s Treatment Referral Routing Service Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information in English and Spanish about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention and recovery.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is an independent 501(c) (3) organization that is a “1 stop” for New Jersey families. SPAN is committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health and behavioral health outcomes for children and youth.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)1-866-200-8098

CHADD is a national nonprofit, tax-exempt Section 501(c) (3) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.


Stop Bullying

Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information from various government agencies on the definitions of bullying and cyberbullying, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

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New Jersey Department of Education – Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)

This page provides information and resources to aid schools in the establishment of HIB policies, the adoption of HIB program strategies, the implementation of proactive responses to HIB and the adoption of effective HIB reporting procedures.

NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness Prevention – 1-908-522-2581

Garden State Equality Anti-Bullying Hotline 1-973-509-5428


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) - 1-888-829-2483

The mission of DBSA is to improve the lives of people living with a mood disorder, and their loved ones. DBSA is affiliated with mood-disorder self-help support groups throughout New Jersey.

National Alliance for Grieving Children – 1-866-432-1542

The National Alliance for Grieving Children lists grief support service providers who serve children, teens and their families.

NJ Helps

The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout the State of New Jersey.

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Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) - 1-800-931-2237

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), or an Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization working in the areas of support, awareness, advocacy, referral, education, and prevention. ANAD is the oldest organization aimed at fighting eating disorders in the United States. ANAD assists people struggling with eating disorders and provides resources for families, schools and the eating disorder community.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center is a directory service for assistance and information regarding treatment of Anorexia, bulimia & related disorders.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

International OCD Foundation

The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Their aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.

OCD New Jersey (OCDNJ)

OCDNJ is a nonprofit organization sanctioned by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). They are committed to the IOCDF goals of educating the community about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), offering support to sufferers and their families, and supporting research.

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Members include mental health professionals as well as OCD sufferers, their families, and friends. OCDNJ has a Board of Directors and a Scientific Advisory Board.

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What is the NJ children's System of Care? ›

The New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC) is a division of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. CSOC provides supports to youth with behavioral health or developmental disability diagnoses whether or not they are involved with child protective services.

What is CMO in NJ? ›

Care management organizations (CMO's) are agencies that provide a full range of treatment and support services to children with the most complex needs. They work with child-family teams to develop individualized service plans. The CMO's goals are to keep children in their homes, their schools and their communities.

Where do you send someone with a mental illness? ›

If you, or a family member, needs help with a mental or substance use disorder, call SAMHSA's National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or text your zip code to 435748 (HELP4U), or use SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to get help.

What year did New Jersey begin implementing a system of care? ›

Statewide System of Care

In 2001, the state created a new infrastructure to include necessary components, services, supports, policies, and procedures while realigning existing services through its Children's System of Care Initiative or Partnership for Children.

What is a CMO Performcare? ›

Care Management Organizations (CMO) are independent, community-based organizations that combine advocacy, individualized service planning and care management into a single, integrated, cross-system process.

What is a CMO social work? ›

Care Management Organization (CMO means an independent, community-based organization that combines advocacy, service planning and delivery, and care coordination into a single, integrated, cross-system process, in order to assess, design, implement and manage child-centered and family-focused individual service plans ( ...

What is Tri County CMO? ›

Tri County Care Management Organization (TCCMO) is a 501(c)(3) agency contracted with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) to serve youth aged 5-21 with mental health, behavioral, developmental disability/intellectual disability or substance use challenges in Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren ...

What do you do when a family member is mentally unstable? ›

Try to show patience and caring and try not to be judgmental of their thoughts and actions. Listen; don't disregard or challenge the person's feelings. Encourage them to talk with a mental health care provider or with their primary care provider if that would be more comfortable for them.

What to do with a mentally ill family member who refuses treatment? ›

Here are a few things to consider when working with your loved one who doesn't want help:
  • Listen and validate. If your relationship is iffy, it doesn't hurt to just listen. ...
  • Ask questions. ...
  • Resist the urge to fix or give advice. ...
  • Explore options together. ...
  • Take care of yourself and find your own support.

What does CMO stand for in insurance? ›

Care Management Organizations (CMO)

What are the signs of a mentally unstable person? ›

Examples of signs and symptoms include:
  • Feeling sad or down.
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities.
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
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How do you get a mental help for someone who doesn't want it? ›

Reach out to your own support system. Talk to another friend or family member. Text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor. These counselors can support you and offer advice on how to help your friend.

What can trigger a psychotic episode? ›

Psychosis could be triggered by a number of things, such as:
  • Physical illness or injury. You may see or hear things if you have a high fever, head injury, or lead or mercury poisoning. ...
  • Abuse or trauma. ...
  • Recreational drugs. ...
  • Alcohol and smoking. ...
  • Prescribed medication.

How do you deal with a delusional family member? ›

Tips for Caring for Someone With Delusional Disorder
  1. Be aware of vocal tone. When speaking to someone who has delusional disorder, be conscious of tone and word choice. ...
  2. Stay neutral. ...
  3. Give space. ...
  4. Give help and support. ...
  5. Educate yourself. ...
  6. Be Encouraging. ...
  7. Crisis management.

What is a 5150 hold? ›

5150 is the number of the section of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which allows an adult who is experiencing a mental health crisis to be involuntarily detained for a 72- hour psychiatric hospitalization when evaluated to be a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled.

What is a psychotic break? ›

This is a psychotic break — when someone loses touch with reality, experiencing delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there) and what's called “disorganized” speech.

What are 3 early warning signs of possible mental health problems? ›

In adults and adolescents, warning signs of mental illness can include the following:
  • Excessive worrying or fear.
  • Feeling excessively sad or low.
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning.
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria.

What are the 4 types of mental illness? ›

anxiety disorders. personality disorders. psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) eating disorders.

Is mental illness hereditary? ›

Genetics (heredity): Mental illnesses sometimes run in families, suggesting that people who have a family member with a mental illness may be somewhat more likely to develop one themselves. Susceptibility is passed on in families through genes.

How do you get a family member sectioned? ›

If your nearest relative is concerned about your mental health, they can contact your local social services or community mental health team and apply to section you or place you under a guardianship. In reality though, it is normally an approved mental health professional who will make this application.

How do I report a mentally unstable person UK? ›

You could contact professionals such as:
  1. your relative's GP,
  2. you relatives local NHS urgent mental health helpline,
  3. NHS 111 if your relative doesn't have a GP,
  4. your relative's community mental health team,
  5. your relative's crisis team,
  6. your relative's early intervention team, or.

What do you send someone in a psych ward? ›

13 Gift Ideas for a Friend Who's in the Psychiatric Hospital
  • Toiletries. “I was recently in the hospital. ...
  • Art Supplies. “One of the best things I received was a sketch book and sketch pencils. ...
  • Stuffed Animals. “A plush. ...
  • Games and Puzzles. ...
  • Blanket and Pillow. ...
  • Personal Clothing Items. ...
  • Fuzzy Socks. ...
  • Photos.
Oct 4, 2017

How do you get a 5150 hold? ›

The 5150 legal code allows “a person with a mental illness to be involuntarily detained for a 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization.” This means that someone experiencing a severe mental episode or condition can be detained against their will for up to 72 hours, if they meet at least one of the requirements of being a ...


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