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Our comprehensive approach to wellness is individualized, personal and deeply rooted in community. When a group of Monmouth County parents founded CPC as the Children's Psychiatric Center in 1960, it was the very first mental health facility in New Jersey dedicated to children.  Our roots were established in the caring convictions of our founding parents who envisioned every best possibility for their children. As our continuum of services expanded over the next six decades, the dedication and conviction of our founding parents has never diminished. CPC has continued growing and adding new programs to our wide array of offerings, including our designation as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). 


Our Mission is to support individuals, families, and the community in achieving whole health through an integrated system of care designed to promote well-being, recovery, and productive lives. 


We will create an equitable, accessible, and fully integrated system of care for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, physical health, care management services and specialized education, which will improve the lives of individuals and families. At the same time, we will be recognized as a leader for workforce development, innovation, research, and best practices in the field of integrated health. 



  • CPC is restoring hope and building relationships with a trauma informed culture, which supports inclusion, values diversity, and fosters collaboration. We meet each individual wherever they are in their recovery journey.  

  • We are committed to reducing health disparities by providing equitable, quality, and affordable care in facilities that are safe, welcoming, and confidential, delivered by empathetic, skilled, and diverse staff.  

  • We will collaborate and form strategic alliances to bridge gaps in providing the best care to the whole person. 

  • We will expand access to treatment and care management services for underserved populations experiencing significant mental illness, substance use disorders, emotional disturbances, and special education challenges in the communities we serve. 

  • We will provide evidence-based services that deliver effective and sustainable outcomes through a culture of teamwork and accountability in a system that is person-centered, outcomes-oriented, and data driven. 

  • We will enhance and nurture a culture that supports work-life balance, inspires continual learning, and promotes career development to build the leaders of the future. 

  • We are committed to upholding the public trust through transparency, accountability, and the demonstration of financial best practices.  

  • CPC Institute for Community Health Innovation will inspire advances in technology and solutions to the complex needs of the underserved, to help our communities be stronger, healthier, and more resilient. 


CPC was founded in 1960 as the Children's Psychiatric Center in Eatontown. A few years prior to its founding, a group of interested citizens assembled because they were concerned that there were not adequate psychiatric services for children in the area. The Children's Psychiatric Center opened with one child psychiatrist, two social workers, one psychologist, and one secretary. This small team soon expanded to include additional clinicians. ​ The group worked with other professionals in the area, providing seminars and consultation for clinicians, school officials and graduate students along with the treatment they provided. Throughout the years, the center was approved as a training clinic for child psychiatrists, and continued to offer important services for the community. Children's Psychiatric Center continued to expand, opening a location in Freehold and being given full accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals in the first year that this was available to outpatient psychiatric clinics. ​ The 1970's saw continued expansion, with CPC opening a division for a community mental health center that provided services to all age groups and an expansion of CPC school. CPC worked closely with many local agencies to best coordinate services. ​ Over the next 6 decades, CPC grew into the agency that it is today. Currently, CPC has seven locations, 4 Counseling Centers, and our special education school. Our counseling centers are located in Middletown, Freehold, Aberdeen, and Howell and our special education school is in Morganville. We also have an administrative office as well in Eatontown and an office for Community Programs in Neptune. CPC provides over 10,000 children, adults, and families with mental health, substance use, and special education services each year. Our High Point schools provide a therapeutic educational setting for about 200 students from ages 5 to 21 from five counties and almost 70 districts. Treatment services are provided to children and adults both in our facilities as well as out in the community.

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