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Directory of Mental Health Services

NJ Designated Psychiatric Screening Centers

N.J. Statewide 24/7 Suicide Hotline: (855) 654-6735

NJ drug addiction hotline: 1-844-REACH

American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222; (instant messaging also available online); 211

Addictions Hotline

The Addiction Hotline (1-844-276-2777) provides trained clinically supervised telephone specialists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to educate, assist, interview and/or refer individuals and families battling addictions. Calls are free and information shared is confidential.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous states that its primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety, through a supportive community and following a 12-step Program. To find a meeting in NJ, visit or call 800-245-1377. 

At Al-Anon Family Group meetings, the friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principals of the Al-Anon program to their individual situations. To find a meeting, visit or call 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666).

At Narcotics Anonymous, we offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. To find a meeting, visit, or call 800-992-0401.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the only national non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-New Jersey Chapter- (732) 462-5267 (Central NJ), (201) 916-1994 (Northern NJ)

Find your AFSP chapter

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey

As a mission-based, consumer/survivor driven organization, CSP-NJ exists to provide consumer-driven mental health services that support recovery and promote community living. CSP-NJ has created a consumer-driven alternative to the traditional mental health system.  (732) 780-1175

Community Health Law Project

Provides legal and advocacy services, training, education, and related activities to persons with disabilities and to organizations representing their interests, with an emphasis on those most vulnerable and needy.; (973) 275-1175

Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ

This service provides 24-hour information to help compulsive gamblers and referrals to self-help groups and counseling services.; 1-800-GAMBLER

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure for mood disorders. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA holds a support group at Carrier Clinic® every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Amphitheatre.  (800) 826-3632 

Department of Children and Families, Children’s System of Care

Formerly The Division of Child Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS), CSOC serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families. They are committed to providing these services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.  (877) 652-7624

Division of Child Protection & Permanency

Child Protection and Permanency, CP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services, DYFS), is New Jersey’s child protection and child welfare agency within the Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and to support families. CP&P is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child’s protection and the family’s.   (800) 332-9227

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The Divisions of Addiction Services and Mental Health Services were merged to form the Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS). DMHAS utilizes data from emerging science to offer effective, outcome-oriented treatment and use its resources to support consumers in achieving wellness and recovery.

Freedom From Fear

The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depression, and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.

Mental Health Association in New Jersey

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for children and adults to achieve mental health through advocacy, education, training, and services.   (800) 367-8850

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

National Alliance on Mental Illness New Jersey

NAMI NEW JERSEY provides education, support, and systems advocacy to empower families and persons with mental illness. Affiliate self-help and grassroots advocacy groups located in each county offer emotional support, information, and advice about treatment and community resources.  (732) 940-0991

National Institute of Mental Health

The NIMH is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Our mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   1-800-273-8255

NJ Association of Mental Health & Addiction Agencies  (609) 838-5488

NJ Connect for Recovery

This is the only call line in New Jersey dedicated to providing counseling specifically to individuals and families who are coping with addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers.

Toll-free: (855) 652-3737 (TTY: 877-294-4356)

NJ Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 572-SAFE (7233)

NJ Department of Human Services

DHS serves individuals and families with low incomes; people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, or late-onset disabilities; people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; parents needing child care services, child support and/or healthcare for their children; and families facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.

NJ Helps

The NJ Helps DHS Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a one-stop shopping resource for the wide range of programs and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families, and communities in New Jersey.

New Jersey Hospital Association

The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) is a non-profit trade organization committed to helping New Jersey hospitals and health systems provide quality, accessible and affordable care to their communities. It offers an array of services and resources, including advocacy, data, education and many others, to support hospitals in their caring mission.

NJ Mental Health Cares is New Jersey’s mental health information and referral service. Our staff of mental health professionals uses their experience and understanding of mental health system to connect you to the information and services you need!  (866) 202-4357; TTY: 1-877-294-4356; 

NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse

The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, a department of Saint Clare’s Health System, provides information, telephone support, guidelines, and training services for persons interested in finding or forming self-help groups throughout New Jersey.;  (800) 367-6274

N.J. State Department of Education: Special Education  (877) 900-6960

Parents Support Group

Parent Support Group of New Jersey Inc. helps mothers and fathers to understand and cope with the disease of addiction. Carrier Clinic® hosts a Parents Support Group meeting every Monday from 7-8:30 pm in the Conference Center.   (800) 561-4299; (973) 533-9070


PTA is an organization whose members care about ALL children and youth – the school that they attend, the communities that they live in, and their opportunities for growth into happy, healthy, responsible citizens. PTA is democracy at work – making a place for all citizens regardless of color, race, religious belief, political preference, or economic and social status.  (609) 587-0100

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network

The mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is to empower and support families and inform and involve professionals and others interested in the healthy development and education of children and youth.   (800) 654-SPAN; (973) 642-8100

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( has established a clear vision for its work — a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources — programs, policies, and grants — toward that outcome.

Veterans Counseling Hotline  1-866-VETS-NJ4 (1-866-838-7654)

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NJ 2-1-1

New Jersey 's Community Resource Phone or Website Guide

Just dial - 2-1-1

Addictions Hotline of NJ


Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund



Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired

(CBVI) Hotline


Child Care Help Line


Child Support Hotline

1-877-NJ KIDS1


Disaster Mental Health



1-877-294-4356 TTY

(voice callers use 7-1-1 NJ Relay)

Division of Addiction Services


1-609-292-6735 TTY

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH)

1-800-792-8339 V/TTY

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)


Division of Disability Services (DDS)


1-609-292-1210 TTY

Division of Family Development (DFD)


Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS)


Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS)


Domestic Violence


Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Federal: 1-800-929-1040

State: 1-888-895-8179

Food Stamps


Gambling Addiction



Good Neighbors - Community Living for People with Disabilities



Health Benefits Identification (HBID) Card Unit

Call if your plastic HBID card is lost or stolen


Kinship Navigator Program

(raising relatives' children)


Low Income Home Energy Assistance



Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline


NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid Call Center


NJ Disaster Mental Health Helpline



1-877-294-4356 TTY

(voice callers use 7-1-1 NJ Relay)

NJ FamilyCare


1-800-701-0720 TTY

NJ Housing Resource Center (HRC)

(for accessible, affordable housing)


NJ WorkAbility or DiscoverAbility


(from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mondays thru Fridays)


(Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled)



(Postpartum Mood Disorders) Hotline


State Disability Insurance

(Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development)


TDD – 1-609-292-8319

NJ Relay for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or

Speech-Impaired Text Telephone User


Traumatic Brain Injury Fund


TDD – 1-609-292-1210

(from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mondays thru Fridays)

Universal Service Fund (USF)

(Help with utility bills for low-income families and individuals)


WorkFirst NJ

(Welfare for Families and Individuals)


For Deaf or Hard of Hearing

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please call

1-877-294-4356 TTY

To access any hotline:

(voice callers use 7-1-1 NJ Relay )

The following Helplines and Hotlines are now part of the Department of Children and Families (DCF)

Adoption Information



Child Abuse/ Neglect Hotline

(State Central Registry Hotline)

1-877-NJ ABUSE


Child Behavioral Health Services


Division of Youth and Family Services

(DYFS) Action Line



Family Help Line

(for stressed parents)

1-800-THE KIDS


Foster Care Information



Safe Haven for Infants


Teen Pregnancy Hotline

1-800-THE KIDS


Additional Hotlines

The following numbers are for organizations that work in conjunction with or sometimes partner with the NJ Department of Human Services; but they are not official government agencies. DHS is not responsible for the content of their publications or their services; but feels that these organizations can provide valuable information and/or services for citizens.

NJ Self Help Group Clearinghouse



Oxford House


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