Collaborating since 1960
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 was founded in 1960 as the Children's Psychiatric Center in Eatontown. A few years prior to its founding, a group of interested citizens got together 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 20 years, 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.
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). Read more about our current projects in our News section linked here and learn how you can become involved in supporting our mission through special events and by making a donation to the CPC Foundation.