Behavioral Health

About Our Behavioral Health Services

Children are not just "little adults," they are age-specific individuals with age-particular needs. Recognizing this, Meridian Health was the first health care organization in the region to offer a behavior management and therapeutic play program for very young children.

Today, our services have grown to include other innovative and custom-tailored programs, each of which takes into account that a child's illness affects the entire family and should incorporate the involvement of family members.  

We provide therapy for the following concerns:

  • Behavior issues
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Mood disorders (depression, anxiety)
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Problems with peer relationships
  • Problems with taking direction  

Some of our programs include:  

  • Therapeutic Nursery Group:  Offers treatment for children aged 3-6 who are having difficulties with aggression, impulsivity, non-compliance, tantrums, and other disruptive behaviors. While children are in their therapy sessions, parents and caregivers also participate in group sessions to work through issues related to their children's behavior.  
  • Partial Hospitalization Program:  Provides intensive group therapy and treatment for youngsters aged 7-13 who are experiencing emotional, psychological, and/or behavioral difficulties.  Therapy sessions are available five days a week, three hours per day.  
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Services: Include individual, group, and family therapy, as well as psychiatric evaluation and medication management.  Specialty groups focus on promoting social skills development.   
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services: Available in the Emergency Department at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.    
  • Intensive Outpatient Services: for adolescents aged 14 -17 is available at our Shrewsbury office. 

Care Locations

  • K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center,
    1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753
  • Booker Behavioral Health Center, 661 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
  • Parkway 100, 3535 Route 66, Building 5, Neptune, NJ 07753

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