Behavioral Health

About Our Behavioral Health Program

As the area's premier provider, Meridian Behavioral Health Services has provided comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to the residents of Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1974. Meridian is dedicated to providing outstanding Behavioral Health Services to all members of our communities.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center offers the following services:

  • Addiction Recovery Services for adults who need treatment for substance abuse and addiction in an outpatient setting including an Adult Intensive Outpatient Program, 16-week DWI educational group, and continuing care for those in recovery. Services are provided in individual, group, and family settings.
  • Adult Partial Hospitalization Services to adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses who require more assistance than an outpatient service can provide but less structure than as inpatient service entails.
  • Children's Partial Hospitalization includes treatment for children ages 7-13, who are experiencing serious emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties at home, in school or in the community.
  • Children's Specialty Groups for children between the ages of 7 and 12 addressing anger management, coping skills, social skills and self-esteem.
  • Crisis Unit including crisis intervention, assessments, linkage and referrals for adults, adolescents, and children experiencing an acute psychiatric emergency.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment option for those suffering from severe clinical depression. ECT is recommended for patients having difficulty responding to treatments involving psychotherapy and medication.
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Unit that provides an array of psychiatric, substance abuse, and medical services for patients age 18 years and older who are experiencing an acute exacerbation of a mental illness and require inpatient treatment for stabilization and safety.
  • Outpatient Mental Health Services from short-term, solution-oriented psychotherapy to medication management, in individual, group, couple, and family settings.
  • Therapeutic Nursery Treatment for children, between ages 3 and 6, who are having difficulties with aggression, impulsivity, disruptive behaviors, and social skills.
  • Transitional Medication Clinic offering outpatient services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness who are in need of psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring.

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS)

Depression is a condition characterized by feelings of deep sadness and loss of interest in life. Major depression affects about 6.7% of the U.S. population in people over the age of 18, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It is also one of the most acute, widespread diseases that affect nearly 15 million American adults annually. Major depression can sometimes occur from one generation to the next in families, but can also affect people with no family history of the illness. Symptoms of depression are present every day for at least 2 weeks. When standard treatments, such as medications and psychotherapy do not work, we are now able to provide an alternate solution. This treatment, Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), is a safe, non-invasive way to treat depression. 

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to offer dTMS technology. dTMS technology has been tested in over 60 clinical studies, and has been cleared by the FDA for patients who have tried multiple ways to treat major depression and have had no improvement. This technology has been proven to be effective and provide new hope for those who have tried 1-4 antidepressants without success and for those who cannot tolerate the medication. It uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. During the twenty minute session, an electromagnetic coil helmet is placed on the head. A painless magnetic pulse stimulates nerve cells in the area of the brain that controls mood and depression. 

Unlike drugs used to treat depression, dTMS treatment does not entail systemic side effects, such as nausea, insomnia, anxiety and weight gain the way that some medications may — forcing patients to discontinue the use of taking their prescribed medication. The most common side effects are headaches and local discomfort, which are both temporary and mild. This treatment only requires twenty minute sessions every day for four to six weeks. This outpatient depression treatment does not require hospitalization or anesthesia and does not lead to memory loss from patients who have mild to severe depression. 

The treatment is painless, quick and easy. The treatment requires the patients to sit comfortably in a chair where they are asked to place a cushioned helmet on top of their head. The helmet generates brief magnetic fields, similar to an MRI session. Patients with any metal implants in or around the head, besides dental fillings, should consult a physician prior to treatment. The patient is awake and can return home independently and can resume their daily routine.

To learn more about dTMS treatments, please call Clinical Coordinator, Anissa Rodriguez at 732-643-4407.

Care Locations

  • Booker Behavioral Health Center, 661 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
  • Children's Partial Hospitalization Program,
    402 Route 35 & Stratford Ave, Neptune, NJ 07753
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, 1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753
  • Park Place Program, 1011 Bond Street, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Parkway 100, 3535 Route 66, Building 5, Neptune, NJ  07753
  • Therapeutic Nursery, 402 Route 35, Neptune, NJ 07753

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