• Finding mental health care can be challenging, but there are many local resources that are ready and available to help you and your child. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your school counselor if you need assistance getting help or have questions about community resources.

    Crisis Resources

    New in the Summer of 2022, 988 can be used in place of 911 for mental health emergencies.

    Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services

    Available 24/7

    Hotline: 877-652-7624

    Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (P.E.S.S.)

    Monmouth Medical Center is a state-designed emergency screening service for Monmouth County. Crisis intervention, stabilization, mobile outreach, crisis hotline and family crisis services are provided. Services can be accessed through the Emergency Department or by calling our crisis hotline at 732-923-6999.


    • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline – 1-888-222-2228
    • Crisis Text Line – 741741
    • National Suicide Hotline - 1-800-273-8255
    • NJ Hopeline - 1-855-654-6735


    Keyport Police Department: 732-264-0706


    Mental Health Resources

    Monmouth County Children & Youth Behavioral Health Resource Guide

    This resource is full of Monmouth County mental health resources. It is a handy guide to find a service you might be looking for.

    Lifelines Parent Resource - Mental Health Concerns Facing Monmouth County Parents

    This parent booklet offers advice and guidance for mental health concerns gathered from Lifelines' communications with parents and families throughout Monmouth County.


    Counseling Resources

    Our school district contracts with Integrated Care Concepts & Consultation and the YMCA to offer school-based counseling during the school day. If this is a service you are interested in exploring please reach out to your child’s school counselor.


    PerformCare will connect parents and families with counseling and behavioral support in Monmouth County. It is an excellent resource for families if you do not know where to start with finding support.

    Phone Number: 1-877-652-7624

    Private Individual Counseling

    This is a great article that provides an overview of different types of therapy services as well as questions to ask potential therapists when making a decision on who your child will see.

    Choosing the Right Therapist for Your Child

    Finding a private therapist can take some research but here are some great first steps:

    1. Speak to your child’s school counselor or case manager for help in finding community resources.

    2. Speak to your pediatrician about if they have a recommendation.

    3. If you are wanting to find someone in-network start with your health insurance company. They can provide a list of providers that are in-network.

    4. Speak to trusted friends and family for recommendations.