Contact Info: Sylvia Bookbinder, NJDOH/OLPH
Phone: 609-306-8368; Email:
Natalie Pawlenko, NJDOH/OLPH
Phone: 609-847-0739; Email:

The NJ Disaster Mental Health Help-Line (877-294-4357) is experiencing power problems and had to temporarily adjust its 24/7 operating procedures. At the present time, callers receive an outgoing message that tells them to leave their number and they will be called back ASAP. Return call turn-around time is usually very quick. In addition to providing individual counseling and psychiatric emergency referral, this is also the number to call to request disaster mental health counselors.

Another resource is the federal Disaster Stress Help-Line (800-985-5990) operated 24/7 by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). They provide emotional support to individuals. Their counselors can be accessed via text as well: TO: 66746, TEXT: talkwithus