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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 320, 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.

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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, autism ABA, teen life, partial care and parents are teachers.

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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.

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.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Group
Child Development Center, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Anderson Bldg., Section D, 973-971-5227. Meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30pm.

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.

TeamHope, P.C.
231 US Hwy 206 South, Bedminster, 908-375-8237.
       A pediatric specialty practice that serves families with children who have a wide range of challenges. In addition to assessment and diagnoses, TeamHope provides individualized care plans and case management support for each child based on our Clinical Director's extensive experience. Therapies may address challenges in speech/language, feeding, TalkTools (oral motor therapy), PROMPT, orofacial myofunctional therapty, sensory integration learning/literacy/reading, home programs and ABA instruction. TeamHope offers a commitment to a developmental philosophy combined with education and training in behavioral analysis. TeamHope provides therapeutic services to the pediatric population with a focus on ASD, apraxia, motor speech disorders, feeding disorders, tongue tie, tongue thrust, fine and gross motor delays, and sensory disorders. Our academically based services address auditory processing disorders, literacy/learning disabilities, dyslexia, and executive dysfunction.

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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 (coming late February 2017).

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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
Statewide family-driven organization works to help conceptualize, develop and deliver effective and timely services for New Jersey families who have children with special emotional and behavioral needs. Legal services clinics, support groups for parents raising children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and those involved in the Juvenile Justice System are offered.

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 online at 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
732-642-9238. Non-profit organization provides a free week-long summer camping experience and support program in Blairstown for children with cancer.

Cancer Hope Network
2 North Rd., Suite A, Chester, 800-552-4366, 908-879-4039. Non-profit organization provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families.

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
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 affiliates in New Jersey at Deborah Heart & Lung Center, 200 Trenton Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015, 609-621-2075; Raritan Bay Medical Center, 2045 Highway 35 South, Suite 200, South Amboy, NJ 08879, 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, NJ 07901, 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
Information and referral helpline, 800-931-2237. 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.

Food Allergy Support Group of Monmouth County
Made up of parents with children with food allergies who
live in or near Monmouth County, the group sponsors ­speakers and social events about ten times a year.

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hospice

Hospice Education Institute
800-331-1620. Independent, non-profit organization offers information, advice, referrals and support to the public and health care professionals.

New Jersey Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
Non-profit organization advocates for better end-of-life care and maintains an informational website about hospice services and hospice agencies serving New Jersey.

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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 find 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. Visit website link for parents medication guides. 

New Jersey Parent Caucus
Statewide family-driven organization works to help conceptualize, develop and deliver effective and timely services for New Jersey families who have children with special emotional and behavioral needs. Legal services clinics, support groups for parents raising children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and those involved in the Juvenile Justice System are offered.

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.

The Balanced Mind Parent Network
Online guide created by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance provides education, online support communities, family helpline, professional resources, bookstore and webinars.

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 and times.

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
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 all aspects of 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.

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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, NJ 08876, Helpline: 732-972-4459. Provides referrals for diagnosis and treatment services, professional education and training, and coordinated family services including advocacy, education and support programs.

Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey
PO Box 116, Somerville, NJ 08876, 908-575-7350. Partners with Rutgers University TS Clinic to provide psychological treatments, education and school-based advocacy and intervention planning.