Health and Wellness

How can we help?

Grief Support

Feeling emotionally overwhelmed is a natural response to any sudden loss of life experienced within the school community. Helping our adolescent population work through the intense feelings that accompany such a loss is difficult for parents and all concerned adults. Parents are encouraged to reach out to our school counselors and school psychologists to assist you with this process.

Traumatic Loss Coalition
The Alcove

Suicide Prevention

Community Agencies

PESS – Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at Somerset Medical Center (Bridgewater)  
908-526-4100

Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center (Bridgewater) 
908-725-2800
888-744-4417

Carrier Clinic (Belle Mead)
800-933-3579

Family and Community Services (Bound Brook) 
732-356-1082 (Spanish speaking therapists are available)

Lydia Counseling Center (Hillsborough) 
908-359-3267

Psychological Clinic of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (Piscataway) 
732-445-6111 

ValueOptions 
877-652-7624 
www.vonewjersey.com

Phone Hotlines

1-800-273-TALK (8255) – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
TTY Users: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
908-526-4100 Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service (PESS)

Websites

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Depression, psychological difficulties, and self destructive thoughts and behaviors are problems of increasing severity among school communities. Self-destructive behavior or suicidal inclination may not be apparent until a critical phase has been reached. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and ask them to help you figure out what to do.

Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

VIDEO - NOT MY KID
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
District Wellness Newsletter - September 2018
Save a Friend
Talking About Suicide
Times of Tragedy Part 1
Times of Tragedy Part 2
Bridge Barriers
AFSP Flyer
What Your Overnight Donation Can Do
Suicide Prevention 1
Suicide Prevention 2

Mental Health

BRRSD is committed to supporting the Health and Wellness of the members of our community. This includes the mental health of our students. Sound mental health leads to better student attendance, engagement and academic performance. It also allows students to navigate the changing day-to-day realities they face in a positive and productive way. Within the district there are aspects of our taught curriculum and a comprehensive school-based counseling to assist students with stress management, coping and social skills, anger management, conflict resolution, and strategies to deal with grief and loss. When needed, the school counselor may also refer a student to outside professionals if school-based counseling is not sufficient to meet a student’s or a student’s family’s needs. The links below are helpful guides covering a variety of mental health services:

New Jersey School Boards Association - Tackling Teen Suicide
Back To School
General Mental Health Information
Live Your Life Well
Video: Teen Depression
District Wellness Newsletter - September 2018

Substance Abuse

BRRSD is dedicated to the prevention of drug and alcohol misuse and abuse, and has initiated programs to promote safe drug- and alcohol-free schools for children of all ages. The programs include school-focused policies and curriculum, student and parent-focused initiatives, and participation in community programs. It is important that the school, parents/guardians and members of our community work together to bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse. Talking openly with your children about the effects of drugs and alcohol is the first step in fighting this rapidly growing problem. 

District Policy: 5346- SUBSTANCE USE

Alan Iachini
Supervisor of Counseling

Intervention & Referral Services

Response To Intervention

This program uses a multi-criteria system which identifies students who would benefit from additional instruction from Intervention Specialists (certified teachers) in the areas of mathematics and/or language arts due to skill gaps that cause them to perform below grade level. A broad spectrum of strategies is employed for diagnosing learning areas of strength and specific skills gaps, prescribing specific learning interaction, and monitoring and sustaining student academic performance. Interventions may include planned differentiation by classroom teachers as well as focused direct instruction in push-in/pull-out, small group/individualized instruction.

The goal of the RTI program is to intervene regarding student learning concerns, resolve those concerns, build success, and release the student gradually toward independence. The RTI program does not track students into alternate ability-level groupings; instead, it endeavors to identify and address the specific learning and neuodevelopmental strengths and weaknesses as well as the experiential knowledge gaps in the profiles of individual students. In turn, instruction is scaffolded into guided, independent, and applied practice, and assessment of skill acquisition and content application is ongoing. As such, RTI maximizes student understanding and academic potential.

Note that the High School RTI program does not replace Language and Literature English courses or Mathematics courses; instead, it supplants an elective.

David Matonis
Intervention & Referral Service Coordinator

Resources

Counseling Resources

Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Family and Community Services of Somerset County (732) 356-1082
  • Cliff Koblin (609) 252-1152
  • Kieran Ayre (973) 300-7399 (Choices for Change)
  • Dawn Ryalls (908) 595-9466
  • Meagan Mormile (908) 252-0404
  • Family and Consulting Services: Georgette Jungels (908) 704-8591
  • Gabrielson Group (908) 927-0050
  • Kathy Ketofsky (732) 718-6152
  • Jordan Counseling: Hal Ketofsky (732) 718-0586
  • Catholic Charities (908)722-1881
  • Somerset Treatment Services (908) 722-1232
  • Princeton House (609) 497- 3300
  • White Deer Run (877) 907- 6327
  • Caron Foundation (610) 678-2332
  • Clear Brook (201) 991-3785 or (570) 823-1171
  • Daytop (979) 539-5764
  • High Focus Chemical Dependence Program (908) 272-2474 - Branchburg #1000
Eating Disorders
  • Nicole Walter (609) 306-8500
  • Shari Weinglass (908) 625-8810
  • Somerset Medical Center (800) 914-9444
  • Princeton Medical Center (609) 497-4000
  • Kimberly Leatherdale (908) 256-4779
Adolescent Psychiatric Programs
  • Allies (908) 253-3168  Bridgewater Assessment Center (908) 253-3165
  • Gen-Pysch, Bridgewater - 436-7792
  • High Focus (908) 272-2474
  • Princeton House (732) 435-0202
  • UMDNJ (732) 235-4152
  • St. Peter’s New Brunswick - For Keeps program - (732) 565-5494
Women's Health
  • Planned Parenthood (732) 246-2411
  • Zufall Health Center (908) 526-2335 #116
Crisis
  • PESS (Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services) (908) 526-4100
  • Value Options (877) 652-7624
  • Allies School Crisis Response Team (908) 309-9087
  • Family Crisis Intervention Unit (908) 704-6330
Spanish Speaking Therapists
  • Family and Community Services of Somerset County (732) 356-1082 (Cindy Porcario or Carmella)
Individual Therapists

Courtney Battista (908) 399-9024
Dr. Lynn Bisco (908) 685-9025
Barbara Costlow (908) 685-0026
Bob Filocco (908) 874-0071
Kathleen R. Ketofsky (732) 718-6152
Robin Loonin (908) 595-1200
Megan M. Mormile (908) 252-0404
Rochelle Portalatin (732) 236-3426
Jerry Rothe (908) 755-3055
Janet Tracy (908) 285-2864
Richard A. Charwin (908) 757-1399
Gina Kassel (908) 658-3167
Tobie R. Kramer (908) 575-9100
Greer Meledonis (908) 359-2466
Madeline Podskoc (908) 253-3154
Rhonda Rapps (732) 469-7676
Dawn Cautillo Ryalls (908) 595-9466
Alex Wieselman  (908) 781-7900

Women's Health Issues Resources

All offer free or low cost assistance

Women’s Health and Counseling Center
71 Fourth Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-526-2335
Teen Clinic third Tuesday of each month

Catholic Charities
Child Care Resource and Referral Services

Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey
New Brunswick
10B Industrial Drive
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone 732-246-2411

Plainfield Neighborhood Health Center
1700-58 Myrtle Avenue
Plainfield, NJ  07063
908-753-6401
All health issues – provides free or low cost health care. 

Eating Disorder Program – Somerset Medical Center
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ  08876
800-914-9444 (24 hour service)
908-685-2847

Friendship Center of New Beginnings
162 Main Street 
Flemington, NJ  08822
(908) – 906-4444
1-877-884-MOMS
Christian Based free services for pregnancy.  

Zarephath Health Center
A specific mission to help churches meet the health care needs of the poor, uninsured and under-insured. 
ZHC hours: Mon & Thu 10am-2pm, Wed 7-9pm
Pediatrics: First Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm
Ministry Coordinators:  Dr. John & Dr. Alieta Eck
ZHCenter@aol.com
 

Eating Disorders Resources

Hunterdon Behavioral Health at Hunterdon Medical Center
Flemington, NJ
Eating Disorders Recovery Group participants will learn about the relationship between dietary restrictions, negative mood, low self-esteem and binge eating and purging. The group is for teenagers and young adults, ages 15-21 years old. Cynthia Comparato, M.A., L.C.S.W. and Terri Annecchiarico, L.S.W. will facilitate the group. The attendance fee is covered by most insurance plans. Call Hunterdon Behavioral Health for more information. (908) 788-6401 ext. 3356

Somerset Medical Center
Somerville, NJ

Somerset Medical Center’s Eating Disorders Program provides clinical evaluations to determine the most effective level of care. Services for adolescents and adults include:

Inpatient Treatment:
Prompt medical, nutritional and psychological evaluation begins a process of stabilization and treatment within a highly structured environment. The goal is to have the patient return home and assume outpatient treatment as soon as possible.

Partial Hospitalization:
Up to five days a week, with five hours of therapy per day.

Intensive Outpatient Services:
Up to three days a week, with three hours of therapy per day.

Weekly Support Groups:
Free support groups for patients as well as family and friends.

How Patients Start Treatment:
Treatment begins with a phone call to the Assessment Center (800-914-9444). Patients then receive an initial evaluation with one of the psychiatrists to determine the level of treatment necessary to start the process of recovery.

University Medical Center
Princeton, NJ

Eating Disorders Program at University Medical Center at Princeton is committed to providing exceptional medical, psychotherapeutic and nutritional care as well as highly personal care for each patient. Treatment is provided for adults, adolescents and children who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. Each patient is evaluated to develop a treatment plan designed to achieve a full recovery.

Inpatient Program:
24 hour care with specific attention to medical and physical problems. There is a weekend program for family members who want to participate in the recovery process.

Partial Hospital Program:
Treatment from two to five days each week, Monday through Friday. There is an evening program for family members.

Outpatient Services:
Outpatient treatment providers are included in treatment planning throughout hospitalization to maintain quality of care.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation with a physician, call the intake coordinator at 609-497-4490 or 877-932-8935. Self referrals accepted.    
 

Hotlines

 

NJ-211 Community Resources 211
AL-ANON/ALATEEN Information Services  973-744-8686
Alcohol Hotline 800-999-9951
Child Abuse  877-NJABUSE (652-2873)
Children’s Mobile Response & Stabilization Services 877-652-7624
Cocaine Hotline  800-COCAINE (262-2463)
Early Intervention System (NJEIS)  888-NJEI-INFO
  888-653-4463
Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU)  908-704-6330 
After Hours 908-526-4100 
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline 888-843-4564
Hyacinth Foundation (GLBT)  908-433-0254
Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service (PESS)  908-526-4100
Pregnancy Aid and Information Center  908-526-8121
National Runaway Hotline 800 RUNAWAY
Narcotics Anonymous  800-922-0400
National AIDS Hotline  800-342-2437
National AIDS Hotline - Spanish 800-344-7432
National AIDS Hotline - Deaf 800-243-7889
National Runaway Hotline  800-231-6946
National STD Hotline  800-227-8922
Rape Crisis Services of Somerset County  908-526-7444
Recovery.org - Heroin Addiction Hotline 888-319-2606
Resource Center for Women and their Families  866-685-1122
Somerset Operation Shelter  800-287-3607
Transgender Crisis Hotline 877-565-8860

Suicide/Crisis Community Resources

Community Agencies

PESS – Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at Somerset Medical Center (Bridgewater)  
908-526-4100

Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center (Bridgewater) 
908-725-2800
888-744-4417

Carrier Clinic (Belle Mead)
800-933-3579

Family and Community Services (Bound Brook) 
732-356-1082 (Spanish speaking therapists are available)

Lydia Counseling Center (Hillsborough) 
908-359-3267

Psychological Clinic of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (Piscataway) 
732-445-6111 

ValueOptions 
877-652-7624 
www.vonewjersey.com

Phone Hotlines

1-800-273-TALK (8255) – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
TTY Users: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
908-526-4100 Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service (PESS)

Websites

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

LGBQT Community Resources

Support Groups for Teens

HiTOPS

HiTOPS is a twenty-year-old 501(c)3 non-profit organization, located in Mercer County, New Jersey whose mission is to promote adolescent health and well-being. HiTOPS helps adolescents clarify their values and make responsible decisions regarding their health and actions, and gives parents, teachers and caregivers of adolescents the tools they need to best support and guide the young people they nurture. 

First & Third is HiTOPS' educational and social support group for GLBTQ youth and their allies. It meets the first and third Saturdays of each month, from 2:30 – 4:30, at HiTOPS (21 Wiggins Street in downtown Princeton). First & Third is facilitated by 
Corrine O'Hara, RN, GLBTQ Program Coordinator
For more information, please contact Corrine: 
Phone: 609-683-5155 x217, email: corrine@hitops.org

Support Groups for Parents, Students, Family, and Friends

Closest local Chapter is Morris County location. Meetings are every month at Brookdale Community Church. 
Phone:  973-727-5288, email: Schubert@gfn.com, website: www.plagnorthjersey.org.  

Phone Hotlines

The Peer Listening Line
(800) 399-PEER
This helpline operates from 7:00-10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (as staffing allows) by trained gay youth volunteers backed by mental health professionals. The hotline provides peer support, resource referral and safer sex information. 

National Gay and Lesbian Youth Hotline
(800) 347-8336
This helpline operates from 7:00-11:45 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and provides crisis intervention and referral services to gay and lesbian youth nationwide. 

Trevor Helpline
(800) 850-8078
This helpline focuses on issues confronting young people who are questioning their sexuality, and on those who may be considering suicide. It offers a chance to talk with trained counselors who can also assist in locating local resources. 

Websites

GSA-NJ Statewide Gay Straight Alliance Forum
The New Jersey Statewide GSA Forum brings together Gay Straight Alliances from across the state for a day of learning, sharing, networking and having a great time. 
It’s a chance for students, advisors, supporters to meet others who are also determined to make their school climate safe and respectful for all regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. All are welcome. 

GLSEN
GLSEN Central New Jersey is a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. There are over 40 chapters around the country, which work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs, and to keep national staff informed of local events. The work that chapters do covers a variety of subjects and issues, from public policy to teacher training to supporting students and educators around the country.

GAAMC – Gay Activist Alliance of Morris County 
GAAMC has a wide variety of services to offer in addition to weekly Monday evening meetings. Links to resources: http://www.gaamc.org/resources.html

New Jersey Lesbian and Gay Coalition
Has a youth resources publication that includes phone support at:
http://www.njlgc.org/publications/youth_guide/index.html

Youth Resource Network
YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. Through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education, GLBTQ youth receive information on activism, culture, sexual health and other issues that are important to them.

Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 
1-800-273-8255
and ask them to help you figure out what to do.