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Student Assistance Program:
Under an agreement that is supported by the Saddle River Board of Health, West Bergen Mental Health Center provides the following services for children and youth of Saddle River:
- Substance abuse and mental health assessment
- Family conferences
- Liaison with school system professionals
- Educational and preventive activities
- Crisis intervention
This program is meant to identify problems as early as possible and give parents the information they need to make informed choices about treatment. It addresses the full gamut of mental health concerns including school or behavior problems, drug or alcohol experimentation / abuse, and family conflict. The services will be provided by a team of professional therapists, drug and alcohol counselors, psychiatrists and social workers from the Center for Children and Youth located in Ramsey. The center services children and adolescents age 2 through 18 years as well as their families.
After the initial phase of interview and assessment, outpatient treatment will be provided at the Center for Children and Youth. Families may utilize their health insurance or apply for a sliding fee scale based upon the family’s ability to pay. Children needing inpatient care or services other than those provided by the center will be referred to the appropriate hospitals, social service providers or other community resources.
THE SERVICE IS ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL AND THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS IS FREE OF CHARGE TO ANY FAMILY LIVING IN SADDLE RIVER.
The program also provides ongoing educational and prevention services covering a variety of child and family issues. Specific programs announced in the press, library or other community bulletin boards. These can also be arranged in forums to accommodate the needs of parents and teachers. With advance arrangement professionals from the center will make themselves available to address topics of special concern. In addition, the center sponsors wellness / educational events, such as the community health day and substance abuse awareness.
Crisis intervention provides all necessary services of mental health professionals to assist children, school personnel and families in the event of a critical incident in the community.