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Specialized Health Services in NJ

Apraxia Baby Safety Diabetes Learning Disabilities
Asperger Syndrome Behavioral Health Eating Disorders Mental Health
Arthritis Cancer Fitness Spina Bifida
ADD/ADHD Celiac Disease Food Allergies Stuttering
Autism Cerebral Palsy Hospice Tourette Syndrome

In addition to the resources below for specific health needs, see the listings under Therapeutic Services and Health Professionals and check the website links of area hospitals and medical centers under Health Care Facilities to find support groups, educational programs, and services for specific health issues, fitness, parenting and wellness topics. Many are free and open to the community.

HealthCareBlueBook.com
Enter medical service and zip code and the average fee providers in the area accept as payment from an insurance company is given. Check “Resources for Patients” for additional helpful information.

HealthGrades.com
Health care ratings organization provides ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals.

New Jersey Mental Health Cares
866-202-HELP (4357). Behavioral health information and referral service provides searchable online database of mental health services in New Jersey and offers free, confidential mental health information and referral.

apraxia

Apraxia-kids.org
         Helpful resources, links, and in-depth articles for families and professionals provided by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).

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arthritis

Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey
555 Rt. 1 S., Suite 220, Iselin, 732-283-4300
    Information, research updates, drug info and tools to help live better with arthritis.

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asperger syndrome

ASPEN
    Asperger Syndrome Education Network, Inc., a volunteer non-profit organization in New Jersey, provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism) with education, support and advocacy. Chapters meet monthly, alternating parent support meetings with speaker presentations.
Apr 15
          Annual Spring Conference, APA Hotel Woodbridge.

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attention deficit disorder/ADHD

ADDitude Magazine
888-762-8475
    Print magazine published four times a year and online magazine and forums are an excellent source of information about ADD and learning disabilities.

Children with Attention Deficit Disorder
800-233-4050
    National organization provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. Consult website for current chapter information.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center
26 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-6550
    An innovative mental health facility for children with depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, ODD, bi-polar and other clinically based diagnoses. Programs include after school social skills, Saturday Social Program, Autism ABA Social Skills, Intense Outpatient 2-3 times a week (IOP), Partial Care Program 4-5 times a week, Parenting and Family.

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autism

Autismlink.com
    Website gathers information on autism from all organizations, provides a forum and chat room for parents and a database of service providers nationwide.

Autism New Jersey
1-800-4-AUTISM
    Nonprofit agency provides information and advocacy, services, a database of service providers, family and professional education and consultation in New Jersey.
Feb 26
          2018 Transition Conference, Woodbridge.

Autism Now
National Autism Resource & Information Center
1825 K St. NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006
855-828-8476
    An initiative of The Arc provides call center, resources and information for ­individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers and professionals.

Autism Speaks
    The world's largest autism advocacy organization hosts a comprehensive website.

Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health
Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, 973-655-6685
    Center provides support and outpatient psychotherapeutic services to children birth-8 and their families, professional development, education and research around the issues of autism, infant and childhood development and early childhood mental health.

Parents of Autistic Children
1999 Rt. 88, Brick, 732-785-1099
    Non-profit New Jersey organization provides free training and education to professionals, parents and families; recreation activities year round; support for families and siblings; and promotes autism awareness and advocacy. Free speakers bureau.

Stepping Forward Counseling Center
26 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-6550
    Stepping Forward Counseling Center relies primarily on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as our instructional method of choice. Our methods are grounded in well-researched behavior principles. We assess each child's skills, create individualized education plans and, when appropriate, use the best of what ABA has to offer to help children grow and learn. We train parents and others working with the child.

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baby safety

Infant Swim New Jersey
908-227-3674. 
          Lessons in aquatic self-rescue instruction for infants as young as 6 months to 6+ are offered in Morris, Essex and Middlesex Counties by certified ISR instructors.

Starfish Aquatic Club, Inc.
732-595-7946 • Email: starfish@starfishstaff.com
    Starfish Aquatic Club is a private lesson program that offers both private and small group swimming lessons to children and adults from the age of 6 months and older. Lesson packages keep your child enrolled in the same time, day and instructor for 4-6 consecutive months. Instructor subject to change due to potential schedule changes. New locations in Randolph, Piscataway, West Orange and Clark.

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behavioral health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
800-662-HELP. Call or visit website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for information about mental health and substance abuse. Use website link to find treatment facilities in the U.S. for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

New Jersey Parent Caucus
Family-driven organization for New Jersey families who have children with special emotional and behavioral needs offers legal services clinics, support groups for parents raising children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and those involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

See additional listings under Mental Health.

DrugAbuse.gov
Teens.DrugAbuse.gov
    National Institute of Drug Abuse website presents drug information, data, statistics, treatment options and current research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Teen site provides age-appropriate facts about drugs and the science behind drug abuse.

Families Anonymous
    Twelve-step fellowship provides information and support for family and friends of individuals with drug, alcohol or related behavioral issues. Visit website for online or local meetings. Additional 12-step fellowships include Al-Anon and Nar-Anon family groups and Alateen and Narateen for young people.

NJ Connect for Recovery
855-652-3737
    Free, confidential, non-judgmental call line supports those experiencing distress related to their own opiate use or that of a friend or family member. Sponsored by Mental Health Association of New Jersey.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
800-448-3000
    Non-profit organization provides support and resources for parents to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse and tries to inspire youth directly through Above the Influence.

Peer Recovery WarmLine
877-292-5588
    Call line, staffed by trained peer specialists in recovery themselves, provides wellness-focused support for those working on recovery.

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cancer

Camp Quality New Jersey
732-845-1958
    Non-profit organization provides a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.

Cancer Hope Network
2 North Rd., Suite A, Chester, 908-879-6518
    Non-profit organization provides free and confidential one-on-one support for adults impacted by cancer.

Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey
3 Crossroads Dr., Bedminster, 908-658-5400.
    Support groups, educational workshops, stress reduction and creative expression programs.

CureSearch.org
800-458-6223
    Website for Curesearch for Children's Cancer covers every aspect of childhood cancer.

National Cancer Institute
    The federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training collects and disseminates information on cancer, clinical trials and research.

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celiac disease

Celiac Disease Foundation
    National non-profit corporation since 1990 provides reliable, up-to-date information about Celiac Disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis and a gluten-free lifestyle to assist individuals with CD, DH and gluten allergies.

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cerebral palsy

Advancing Opportunities
1005 Whitehead Rd., Suite 1, Ewing, 888-322-1918
    Additional locations in Barrington, Budd Lake and Little Falls. Formerly Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, the organization serves people with all types of disabilities and offers school, in-home and work services, support and advocacy, housing assistance, technology lending and therapeutic services through fee-for-service programs.

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diabetes

Joslin Diabetes Center
    A teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, the Joslin Diabetes Center leads in diabetes research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education for children and adults. Contact the Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate in New Jersey at Raritan Bay Medical Center, 2 Hospital Plaza, Suite 420, Old Bridge, NJ 08857, 732-360-4070.

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eating disorders

The Eating Disorders Program at Goryeb Children's Center
Overlook Medical Center, 11 Overlook Rd., MAC II
Suite 200, Summit, 908-522-5757
    Offers education and treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related disorders in a partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program for children and adolescents ages eight-21.

Healthy NJ - Information for Healthy Living
    Consumer website created by University Librarians at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey provides patient education and information on New Jersey resources and referrals for eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Association
800-931-2237
    Information and referral helpline provides support, education and referral resource for individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

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fitness

Kid Fit
Goryeb Children's Center at Overlook Hospital, 973-971-8824
    Healthy lifestyles program geared toward children ages 6 through 21 who are overweight or who may be at risk for weight-related diseases.

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food allergies

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
800-929-4040
    FAAN provides information, education and advocacy on behalf of all those affected by food allergies. Recipes, research, kids and teen sections and other helpful information are posted online.

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hospice

 

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learning disabilities

See listings under Educational Services, Learning Disabilities Support.

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mental health

New Jersey Mental Health Cares
866-202-HELP (4357). Behavioral health information and referral service provides searchable online database of mental health services in New Jersey and offers free, confidential mental health information and referral. FInd additional resources under the Health Professionals category.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
800-662-HELP. Call or visit website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for information about mental health and substance abuse. Use website link to locate treatment facilities in the U.S. for substance abuse, addiction and/or mental health problems.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
National professional medical association maintains a website providing many resources and facts for families as well as professionals and a directory to help find a child and adolescent psychiatrist. 

New Jersey Parent Caucus
Family-driven organization for New Jersey families who have children with special emotional and behavioral needs offers legal services clinics, support groups for parents raising children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and those involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

Anxiety & Depression Association of America
    Non-profit organization provides information and support for patients children-adults and health professionals including details of conditions, management tips and strategies, treatment options and resources for finding help.

Chambers Center for Well Being
435 South St., Morristown, 973-971-6301
    Integrative medicine facility treats the whole person, offering physician consultation, nutrition, fitness, stress management and global healing traditions. Mindfulness workshops for teens.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance New Jersey
    Provides support and resources for affiliated local chapters throughout New Jersey. Support groups are open to individuals with the disorders, family members and others in a supporting role. Visit website for group locations.

Family & Community Services of Somerset County
339 W. Second St., Bound Brook, 732-356-1082
    Non-profit agency offers mental health, addictions, and community outreach services to children, adolescents, and adults in Somerset County and surrounding communities.

HelpGuide.org
    Independent, non-profit website provides professional articles, videos and information on current research to help families identify and understand mental and emotional health problems.

Mindful.org
    Through their website, print magazine and online courses, the Foundation for a Mindful Society, provides resources and support to help bring mindfulness to daily living.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
    The nation's largest grassroots mental health organization provides information about mental illnesses, mental health care, diagnosis, treatment and recovery; family education programs; support groups; online discussion groups; and advocacy for services, supports and research.

National Institute of Mental Health
    News, educational resources, research and clinical trial information about health topics affecting children to adults.

ok2talk.org
    Online community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health issues to share stories, quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics, in a safe, moderated space by National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).

Stepping Forward Counseling Center
26 Main St., Chatham, 973-635-6550
    A comprehensive menu of integrated, therapeutic treatment programs, self-esteem building and educational services with a wellness and recovery orientation. Programs include after-school social skills, autism ABA, Intense Outpatient 2-3 times a week (IOP), Partial Care Program 4-5 times a week, Parenting and Family.

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spina bifida

Spina Bifida Resource Network
908-782-7475
    Professionally staffed organization in New Jersey and metro New York dedicated to serving individuals and families living with spina bifida.

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stuttering

The Stuttering Foundation
800-992-9392
    Free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families.

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tourette syndrome

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders
50 Division St., Suite 205, Somerville, 908-575-7350
    Provides services, support and education for individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders.