HELPFUL TIPS: Mental Health Support Services for Individuals and Families in Transition

By Frances Chaves
A partial list of organizations offering low- cost or no-cost assistance follows.
Mental health services in all New Jersey counties are listed in the “Directory of Mental Health Services By New Jersey County” at news/publications/mhs/directory_by_county. html
 Somerset County Services:
Family and Community Services of Somerset County, Bound Brook, N.J. Individual and Family Mental Health Program, affordable rates based on a sliding scale; 732.356.1082;
Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board
Contact: Jan Goodman, Regional Lead Disability Program Manager: 908.704.6351
Mental Health Association of New Jersey Hotline: 800.273.TALK
N.J. Mental Health Cares: 24-hour Referral Line: 800.273.TALK;
Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service (PESS), Somerset Medical Center
Hotline; 24 hour psychiatric emergency screening service: 908.526.4100
Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, Bridgewater, N.J. Mental health center services provided on a sliding fee scale for county residents. 908-725-2800 or toll free at 888-744-4417
Somerset County Board of Social Services, Somerville, N.J. Contact: Judy Noder: 908.526.8800 ext. 5110
Somerset Treatment Services, Somerville, N.J. Affordable outpatient services for substance abuse and HIV-related illnesses. 908.722.1232;
Other Social Service Resources:
Carrier Clinic, Belle Mead, N.J. Free, confidential Depression & Anxiety screenings are offered on a quarterly basis. 24/7 Access Center: 800.933.3579;
Catholic Charities
Diocese of Metuchen (including locations in Somerville and Hillsborough) counseling services:
Diocese of Trenton counseling services:
Easter Seals Intensive Family Support Services, East Brunswick, N.J.
Contact: Diane Krasner: 908.722-4300, ext. 620
First United Methodist Church, Somerville, N.J. 908.725.1473
Jewish Family Services, Somerville, N.J. Non-sectarian assistance. Contact: Jerry Starr: 908.725.7799
National Alliance on Mental Illness: 800.950.NAMI;
Somerset County: 908.725.2800
Outpatient Clinic at University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton, N.J. Primary and specialty care for adults and children who meet financial guidelines. 609.497.4240;
Resource guides available online & in print
“Somerset County Department of Human Services Guide to Mental Health Services” %20Resource%20Guide.pdf
“Resource Guide for Persons Affected by Substance Abuse in Somerset County”
“Resource Guide for The Homeless in Somerset County” 20clients.pdf
“Reach out for Services in Somerset County,” available only in print; includes lists of Somerset County Department of Human Services offices and phone numbers, Area Resources, Hotlines and 24 Hour Emergency Resources.
For additional social and health resources, please contact your county’s Department of Human Services. To find the relevant contact information, Google “list of new jersey county departments of human services.”

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