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

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

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

Outpatient Services

Bright Harbor Healthcare Children & Families Outpatient program provides individual, group, and family 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 family enrichment services that include an extensive array of Mental & Behavioral Health therapeutic modalities to address:

Anxiety, depression & other mood disorders

Grief & loss


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.


EMBRACE from Bright Harbor Healthcare stands as a sanctuary for those grappling with the weight of loss. Catering to parents, children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, EMBRACE fosters a secure space where individuals can freely express and navigate their grief.At Bright Harbor Healthcare, we deeply understand the profound sorrow accompanying a loss. Our devoted team of counselors and support personnel are committed to offering an environment where compassion meets healing, enabling individuals to journey through their pain and embark on a path towards recovery and growth.

Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC)

Bright Harbor Healthcare is leading the Ocean County Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth Program (TLC) operated by Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare; TLC is a dedicated program focused on suicide prevention and trauma response assistance for schools and youth organizations. The TLC is New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program funded by the Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships. The TLC has operated as a county based collaborative since the year 2000 with a TLC Coordinator in each county.


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 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and July and August from 10:45 am to 4:15 pm.

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 that 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 families. Our community-oriented program allows each child to achieve stabilization and the skills necessary for successful reorientation into 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.

Directions Program

The Directions Program offers comprehensive mental health assessment, family therapy, 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 difficult 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 attend treatment programs. 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. The program 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, are conducted by a substance use disorder clinician. Once an evaluation is complete, Bright Harbor Healthcare provides the family and referring agency with the clinical outcome and recommended level of care. Bright Harbor Healthcare will answer any questions the youth and family have regarding treatment options, and families are free to choose their SUD treatment provider. Bright Harbor Healthcare can 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 the 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/caregiver/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 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:

Physical and emotional

Interpersonal communications
and relationships

Socialization behaviors
and activities


Healthy coping strategies
and behaviors

Children, Adolescent, and Family Services (CAFS) & Family Focus (FF)

The Children, Adolescents, and Family Services (CAFS) & Family Focus (FF) programs provide assessment, support, and therapeutic treatment to children and families in Ocean County.

The primary goal of CAFS & FF programming is to implement therapeutic services in order to stabilize and improve overall family functioning. CAFS & FF are client-driven programs that assess and advocate for the family’s own goals and needs. The CAFS & FF therapist acts as a family liaison and resource to community linkages, including access to psychiatry when needed.

CAFS & FF therapists possess the experience and compassion to address a myriad of issues such as: 

Parenting skills

Individual, marital, and family conflicts

Child development issues

Communication problems

Domestic violence

Anger management

Substance use disorders

All referrals to the CAFS & FF programs are made through the Ocean County Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). The programs serve any child or adolescent from birth to 18 years old and their family who have been determined at risk by DCPP. There is no cost to families who participate in the CAFS or FF programs.