Juvenile Family Crisis Intervention Unit (Division of Family Guidance)
- The Juvenile/Family Crisis Intervention Unit is available 24/7 to provide crisis intervention and counseling services to juveniles and families.
- The goal of the unit is to help adolescents and their families, divert family crisis situations from the court, and keep families together whenever possible.
- Crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- The JFCIU addresses situations involving a serious threat to the well-being and physical safety of a juvenile, a serious conflict between a parent/guardian and a juvenile, runaway, truancy, school avoidance/phobia, or human trafficking concerns
- The JFCIU is not designated to work with those cases in which the primary problem is risk of suicide or child abuse and neglect.
Crisis Intervention services are free to Bergen County residents and may include:
- Assessment and stabilization
- Short-term family therapy, (approximately 6-8 weeks)
- Service coordination and advocacy
- Referrals to other agencies for additional services
- In extreme situations, there may be involvement with the Family Court for short term out-of-home placement in Bergen’s Place youth shelter
The JFCIU has a specific mandate to work closely with schools to address situations involving truancy-an unauthorized pattern of absences from schools. School staff can contact the JFCIU for consultation, or can submit a truancy report to the JFCIU. Truancy reporting forms can be found on our agency's website: http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/bcdhs/divisions/family.htm
|Eligibility||Available to juveniles and families in Bergen County. There is no cost for services|
Basic Needs / Assistance
Family & Support Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Last Updated: 03/05/21