Child And Parent Enrichment Services (C.A.P.E.S.)

Child And Parent Enrichment Services (C.A.P.E.S.)

OceanMHS offers a wide range of behavioral health and mental wellness services tailored to youth and families. Our multidisciplinary treatment team delivers compassionate and supportive care in an environment that respects each client’s dignity, independence and unique personal needs. To find out more about our programs, or to set up an initial appointment, please call our Access Center at 732-575-1111 or email

Outpatient Services

OceanMHS Children & Families Outpatient program provides individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and families who seek to address personal conflict and better face life’s challenges. Counseling is provided to adults and children age 5 and older. Our professionally trained therapists provide an extensive array of Mental & Behavioral Health therapeutic modalities to address:

  • Anxiety, depression & other mood disorders
  • Grief & loss
  • Trauma
  • School & workplace difficulties
  • Family dynamic challenges
  • Co-parenting & relationship issues
  • Substance Use Disorder related issues

Our clinical team fosters a nurturing, supportive, and inviting atmosphere to help you heal through counseling and support.


Bayside is a partial care program assisting youth, ages 11-17 years old, with emotional and behavioral needs through psycho education, counseling and support 5 days per week. Bayside’s goal is to prevent unnecessary hospitalization, or effectively transition youth from hospitalization to successful home and community living. Bayside operates Monday-Friday, September through June from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and July and August 10:45am to 4:15pm.

Through Bayside psycho education and emotional support groups, individual and family counseling and social and recreational activities, our youth gain insight and learn new coping skills that help them to achieve long lasting success. Our on staff psychiatrists meet with the youth and families, performing evaluations, assessments and prescribing/adjusting medications, as needed. Youth generally participate in Bayside for 3-6 months.

Youth participating in Bayside have seen benefits such as improved moods and outlooks, increased self-esteem, and positive communication and participation in community activities and home life. By learning to set and reach goals, youth continue to grow and learn in positive ways, and move beyond perceived limitations at Bayside.


The Homestead is an 8 bed Psychiatric Community Home for adolescents ages 11-17 years. This Homestead serves adolescents at high-risk for further psychiatric hospitalization for which all other community interventions have been exhausted.  The program provides a multi-faceted, structured, comprehensive treatment program which focuses on mental health, special education, daily living skills, proper medical care, substance abuse prevention and the recreational needs of our youth.

The Homestead’s primary goal is to reintegrate our youth residents back into the community with their family.  Our program is community oriented, allowing each child to achieve stabilization and skills necessary to maintain those skills through re-orienting each child back to his or her community. These skills are practiced through community outings and therapeutic family participation. The family treatment component is central to the child’s successful return home.

All referrals must be received directly through the NJ Children’s System of Care.


The Directions Program offers comprehensive mental health assessment and counseling services to court-involved youth and their families who have been referred by the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). The Directions Program recognizes it can be hard for some people to get to an office for an appointment. Illness, disability, personal crisis, lack of funds, transportation issues, or childcare are all reasons a person might not be able to get to treatment. When treatment is provided at home, the therapeutic relationship may develop more quickly. Instead of relying on self-reporting, therapists may get deeper insights from seeing how and where people live. As a result, effective treatment can progress, and healing may happen more easily. In-Home Counseling can be effective when teaching skills used at home. For example, parenting and communication skills can be greatly improved or fine-tuned. This allows therapists to observe interactions between family members as they occur naturally. Because of this, therapists may find out more quickly how to approach treatment. The therapist can also confirm that basic needs are being met at home and share local resources. The Directions Program has been successful at lowering the defenses of teens by meeting them on their own territory. Directions also increases the chances that all family members will attend and participate in treatment.

Youth Recovery Services (YRS)

Youth Recovery Services provides Ocean County Family Court with a clinical substance abuse evaluation (SAE) and outpatient counseling services. Evaluations, including a urine drug screen, is conducted by a substance use disorder clinician. Once an evaluation is complete, OMHS  provides the family and referring agency with the clinical outcome and recommended level of care. OMHS will answer any questions the youth and family have regarding treatment options; and families are free to choose their SUD treatment provider. OMHS is able to provide outpatient services such as ASAM Level 1 substance use early intervention education and group and individual therapy on site.

Intensive In-Community Service (IIC)

Intensive In-Community Service (IIC) is an analytical, focused goal oriented, and needs based clinical intervention that addresses emotional and behavioral challenges of youth with moderate to high needs. It may be provided in a youth’s home or in an amenable community location by a licensed behavioral health clinician and is intended to stabilize and support the youth and family in an effort to deter more intensive interventions and to support the youth and family in collaboration with the Child Family Team (CFT) or identified support system. This is a short-term, solution focused intervention that addresses presenting behaviors resulting in the youth and her/his family/care giver/guardian gaining insight and improving function at home and in the community. Youth and families are eligible to receive Intensive In-Community Services if they are receiving Care Management, MRSS services, and as part of the Transitional Planning process from OOH treatment back to the community, through the NJ Children’s System of Care.

The primary objective of the IIC interventions is symptom reduction and individual skill development with the goal of restoring or maintaining the youth’s functioning. IIC clinicians may provide youth and their families with an array of interventions such as psycho-education, negotiation and conflict resolution skill training, effective coping skills development, healthy limit-setting, emotional regulation skills development, stress management, self-care, symptom management, problem solving skills, and skill building that enhances self-fulfillment.

Behavioral Assistance Services (BA)

Behavioral Assistance Services (BA) are comprised of specific, outcome-oriented interventions that are components of an approved, written, detailed plan of care prepared by a licensed clinical behavioral healthcare practitioner. Behavioral Assistance providers address specific target behaviors. Behavioral Assistance services help the family and youth to develop and practice healthy and positive coping strategies and techniques. The intervention focuses on addressing target behaviors and improving overall emotional, behavioral regulation abilities. Youth who respond positively to Behavioral Assistance Services should exhibit sustainable positive behavioral changes that reflect improved daily functioning, enhance the quality of life and strengthen skills in a variety of life domains including but not limited to: 1. Physical and emotional well-being; 2. Interpersonal communications and relationships; 3. Socialization behaviors and activities; 4. Behavioral conduct; 5. Healthy coping strategies and behaviors.

Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together is a long-term program aimed to assist DCPP involved families challenged with homelessness/housing instability putting children at risk for out-of-home placement or delaying reunification. KFT utilizes a housing-first model to work with our families in obtaining stable, subsidized housing. The goal of our program is to assist families in achieving housing stability, greater family functioning, child well-being, community integration, work readiness, peer support, mental health and substance abuse services, socialization, access to other resources, and other skills and opportunities that foster increased self-sufficiency. KFT utilizes a team approach to assist families in meeting their needs through the use of licensed clinicians, case managers, employment specialist, and a peer/parent advocate.

Ocean Academy

Ocean Academy is a therapeutic school that offers educational services to students diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. As part of Ocean Mental Health Services, we work cooperatively with students and their families to provide support and services.

Ocean Academy’s cornerstone is its therapeutic component, which offers the student and their family psychiatric and therapeutic services and support from our clinical team. We develop and implement an individual treatment plan with the goal of helping each student achieve his/her full positive potential, which is facilitated by our “hands on” intensive psychiatric and therapeutic care. Our psychiatrist is on site weekly to meet with students, families and staff to oversee each student’s progress.

Educationally, Ocean Academy works closely with the sending districts to plan and implement the Individual Education Plan. Our instructional staff is highly qualified, committed and trained in how disorders such as ADHD impact the student’s learning experience. They provide for a variety of educational experiences to give every student a chance for success. You can visit the Ocean Academy page or call 732-505-2260 to make a referral.

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