Community Counseling Resources

Resources for Youth & Families

Youth & Family Crisis Resources

  • Bridgeway Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS): 908-526-4100, 24/7 crisis intervention, stabilization, family crisis services, and rapid mobile outreach focused on hospital diversion:
  • Perform Care: 877-652-7624, available 24/7, parent/legal guardian or youth (if youth is 18+ years old) must call Perform Care to access Mobile Response & Stabilization Services {MRSS) or the Care Management Organization (CMO):
    • Mobile Response (MRSS): meets with youth/families in-person (can meet at family’s home, in the community, school) to de-escalate youth experiencing emotional/behavioral crisis. MRSS will create safety plan, link family to supports/services, and stay open for 8 weeks to monitor effectiveness of services & link to ongoing treatment. MRSS can be accessed 24/7/ 365. To make a referral, parent/legal guardian or youth (if 18+ years old) must call Perform Care (877-652-7624), providers & schools are encouraged to call with family present.
  • Care Management Organization (CMO): provides in-home case management & links youth  with services/supports to address emotional/behavioral health challenges, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or substance use. To access, parent/legal guardian or youth (if 18+ years old) must call Perform Care.
  • Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU): 908-704-6330, immediate intervention, assessment, short­ term family counseling, case management, and court intervention (after all other interventions have been exhausted) to address youth/family conflict, runaway behavior, truancy, human trafficking, or any serious threat to the well-being/safety of a youth. Youth must reside with their parent/guardian in Somerset County, referrals can be made by family, providers, police, schools
  • 2″d Floor Youth Helpline: 888-222-2228, available 24/7, access via phone call or text, for youth 10-24 years old:

Suicide Prevention:

  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 24/7 support for anyone experiencing a suicidal crisis, emotional distress, or substance use crisis, access via phone (call or text 988) or online chat:
  • NJ Suicide Prevention Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735, available 24/7, access via phone call, text, email or chat:
  • The Trevor Project: 24/7 crisis intervention & suicide prevention for LBGTQ youth (under 25 years old), access via phone (call 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678) or online instant message:

Substance Use:

  • ReachNJ: 1-844-732-2465, 24/7 addictions hotline for those with a substance use disorder or their family/friends: https:/
  • NJ Addiction Services Hotline: 1-844-276-2777, 24/7 hotline that assists with providing referrals to substance use treatment

Abuse/Neglect, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault:

  • Division of Child Protection & Permanency {DCPP): 877-652-2873, investigates child abuse & neglect allegations , conducts Child Welfare Assessments, goal is to stabilize children in their home & keep families together. Anyone can report an allegation to DCPP by calling the State Central Registry {SCR), which is available 24/7
  • Safe+ Sound Somerset 24 Hour Helpline: 866-685-1122, 24/7 crisis hotline for anyone affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or sexual violence, access via phone call or text:

Outpatient Treatment Services:

  • Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties:  908-725-7799,  located  in Somerville, mental health treatment (accepts Medicaid)     
  • Family & Community Services of Somerset: 732-3561082, located in Bound Brook, substance use & mental health treatment (accepts Medicaid)
  • High Focus: 877-613-5413, located in Branchburg, mental health treatment (for  adolescents), substance  use & mental health treatment (age 18+)
  • GenPsych: 855-436-7792, located in Bridgewater , mental health treatment
  • Center for Discovery: 877-217-4031, located in Bridgewater, eating disorder Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) & Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Support Groups:

  • Family Support Organization (FSO) of Hunterdon, Somerset & Warren: 908-223-1191, parent-to­ parent support for families with children that are receiving services from Perform Care (MRSS or CMO), support groups & workshops for families who are not involved with Perform Care
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness {NAMI) Somerset: support groups for individuals & families affected by mental illness es/somerset/ 
  • Eating Disorder Group {Robert Wood Johnson): 908-685-2847
  • All Recovery Meetings (Robert Wood Johnson): nondenominat ional group meetings that support all pathways to recovery­ recovery/all-recovery-meeting/
  • HiTops: 609-683-5 155, located in Princeton, support groups for youth (ages 11-18), trans/non­ binary guardian  & youth groups, youth/ adult  mentorship,  parent/guardian workshops www.

General Information & Resources:

  • Food Banks, Pantries, Soup Kitchens: htt ps://
  • Somerset County Library System: programs for children, teens & adults http s://sclsn
  • NJ211: provides linkage to health & human service resources, available 24/7, access by dialing 211, texting your zip code to  898211, or searching online: https:// www. nj21l .org/
  • Somerset County Office Youth Services: Directory of Youth Serving Agencies & Programs htt ps:// home /showdocument?id=39238
  • Juvenile Institutional Services: Question & Answer Line: 908-704-6355 or monitored 24/7, messages will be returned within 24 hours. FireWatch Program: 908-704-6353, provides immediate risk assessment & linkage to fire safety education for youth suspected of inappropriate use of fire
  • Tri County Resource Net: search for a variety of different resources/ providers for: behavioral health, intellectual/ developmental disabilities , arts/recreation, basic needs, family & support services, legal/ advocacy, support groups, summer camp, etc.