Resources for Parents, Students, and Educators

 Click on an individual resource below and it will bring you to the website. 
Local Resources
Perform Care
For parents, guardians, youth, and providers
PerformCare is a full-service behavioral health managed care company, supporting members in
the public and private sectors.  We are committed to providing superior, innovative solutions in
behavioral health, developmental and intellectual disabilities,  human services, and integrated health
programs for: Medicaid and Medicare plans, Commercial health plans, Wellness, employee
assistance and specialty products, programs to support human services management challenges.
Hours of operation: 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week
Toll-free phone: 1-877-652-7624

CarePlus NJ : 201-265-8200
Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus”) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides comprehensive,
recovery-focused integrated primary and mental health care and substance abuse rehabilitation services.
Our outpatient services are offered on a voluntary outpatient basis to adults and children at a total of
24 sites, including four outpatient centers (located in Paramus, Fair Lawn, Hasbrouck Heights,
and Montclair), ten residential facilities, offices at three local hospitals, and seven community offices,
all conveniently located throughout Northern New Jersey.
201-262-HELP – a program of CarePlus –
Bergen County’s Designated Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program.
The purpose of 201-262-HELP is to provide emergency mental health services
to residents of Bergen County.
Comprehensive mental health care facility located in Northern Bergen County.
We offer a wide variety of quality programs and services tailored to the special needs of children,
families, adults and seniors. Our goal is to provide research-based treatment that will help to improve
the overall quality of your life and help you feel better.

Family Support Organization of Bergen County
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Children’s System of Care serves
children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families. CSOC
is committed to providing these services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered,
community-based environment. 

**Monthly Parenting and Family Guide for Bergen County located at bottom of the webpage.
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a Program of Children’s Aid and Family Services, provides
substance abuse prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses,
schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances and social service agencies. The Center is supported
by grants, contracts and generous contributions from public and private donors. As a result, many of our
services are offered to the public at no cost. The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources is The Prevention
Resource Center for Bergen County and towns East of the Passaic River in Passaic County. We are located
in central Hackensack in a contemporary and inviting setting with a knowledgeable staff. Our office is open
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Our services are professional, confidential and
affordable. We’re here to help you.

Bergen’s Promise 
Bergen's Promise is the designated Care Management Organization (CMO) for Bergen County, New Jersey.
We serve youth ages 5 to 21, with serious behavioral health challenges, substance abuse issues and
developmental disabilities. Youth with chronic co-occurring behavioral and specific medical health issues
will also be served through an enhanced medical care coordination component. The goal of this additional
support is the joint coordination of wellness promotion with behavioral health care management. 

The CAPE Center 
The mission of the Bergen County Special Services School District (BCSS) Resource Center is to serve
individuals with disabilities from infancy through adulthood as a central point of contact for guidance and
connection to accessible and appropriate resources. The Center is committed to helping individuals and
families access the system of resources to enrich all aspects of life.

The Arc of Bergen and Passaic
The Arc of Bergen and Passaic serves over 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their
families. From Early Intervention for infants and toddlers to Summer Camp and After School Programs
for youth to Vocational Training, Job Placement, Adult Day Programs, Recreation, Group Homes and
Apartments for adults; The Arc is creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential and live
happy, productive and fulfilling lives.

Bergen County's Division of Family Guidance provides clinical, residential, educational, correctional, case
management, and monitoring services to at-risk children, adolescents, and families, particularly those who
are otherwise unable to receive needed services. It is Bergen County's resource for youth and families
in need.
a 24/7 program which manages conflicts between adolescents and parents, and addresses situations
involving endangered juveniles, runaways, and truants. Call 201-336-7360.
an outpatient therapy program which offers consultation, counseling, and therapy services to youths
and families without insurance or access to services
an activity-based, therapeutic after-school program designed to help improve the social skills of
elementary and middle school-aged children
Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST): a federal "blueprint" program that addresses the needs of juveniles
with severe behavioral problems by providing intensive in-home family therapy

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is an independent 501(c)3 organization committed
to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education and health outcomes for infants,
toddlers, children and youth. SPAN is a "one stop" for New Jersey families. SPAN is New Jersey's Parent
Training and Information Center; Family to Family Health Information Center; Family Voices State
Affiliate Organization; Parent to Parent USA affiliate; and a chapter of the Federation of Families for
Children's Mental Health.
SPAN: 1-800-654-SPAN

Child Abuse Hotline 
1-877-NJ ABUSE 
Office of Advocacy 1-877-543- 7864

The Bergen County Special Services CAPE Resource Center
The Bergen County Special Services CAPE Resource Center connects individuals with disabilities and
their families, as well as professionals in the field of disabilities, to accessible and appropriate services,
information, education, and resources. They are your one stop center for information about summer
camps/programs for children and adults with special needs. They offer workshops for parents and
professionals on a range of topics including transition planning, positive behavior supports, mental
health issues, guardianship, special needs trusts and estate planning, post-secondary educational options,
and early intervention services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact
Director Linda Wieseneck at (201)343-6000, ext. 4067, or
Visit their website: for information and workshop schedules. 

Prepared by: Special Education Clinic, Rutgers University School of Law
The purpose of this Guide is to provide contact information to families in need of services and to assist
them in understanding the resources that may be available to them. 
DDS has successfully provided this consumer friendly, useful tool, which identifies all levels of
government, community organizations and professionals working to assist people with disabilities.
The publication provides access to up-to-date information that individuals with disabilities, along
with their families, may need to flourish in their physical, professional and recreational lives. As
in previous years, this publication will be made available online in English, Spanish, and in audio
format, so that individuals and agencies can access just the services they need and can make copies
only as necessary. The website is

National Organizations
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides
and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion
of educational
Resources and support for Families of children with mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders

Worry Wise Kids
Resources for children and families contending with OCD and anxiety

A non-profit guide to mental health and well being 

Because I Love You (BILY) 
-A parent support network designed to help parents whose children have behavioral problems.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Congress established the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
in 1992 to make substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research more accessible.
The purpose of The New Jersey Dyslexia Handbook: A Guide to Early Literacy Development &
Reading Struggles is to provide information to educators, students, families, and community members
about dyslexia, early literacy development, and the best practices for identification, instruction, and
accommodation of students who have reading difficulities.