School and Community Resources
As we approach the end of the school year, I wanted to reach out to say thanks as well as to provide links to some resources for families. First, I want to extend a hearty thank you to all the parents and caregivers of Florham Park! Our students were clearly supported so well by you during the pandemic and we so appreciate your partnership day in and day out. On behalf of all of our special service providers, school counselors, and nurses, I can say this is a great school district to serve because of the parent support!
The fact is, no one can do it alone. Whether it's this summer or during the school year, there are many resources available to you both with the schools and in the wider community if you or your child needs a little help. People are always around to help when you or your child is struggling.
I hope if you ever need help these resources are of use to you and, if not, you can always reach out to our team for support. While you may not need these resources now, I recommend you save this email so you can access it if the time ever comes--or you can share it with friends and family that may need support.
Finally, we were delighted to work with so many different parents this year, especially through our parent workshops and Lunch and Learn sessions! Please see below for a quick survey that will help us plan future parent events.
Jane Steffen, M.S., M.Ed.
Director of Special Services
Important Contact Information for Support in Our Community
Mobile Response and Stabilization Services
1-877- 652-7624 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available to help children and youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crises.
The services are designed to defuse an immediate crisis, keep children and their families safe and maintain the child in their home.
Call 1-877- 652-7624 if your child is experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and mobile crisis will respond to your home same day.
Children's System of Care--Perform Care
1-877-652-7624 24 hours a day – 7 days a week
Call this number to find out about services for children and teens under age 21 with emotional and behavioral health care needs and their families.
Many services are available free or low cost, including in home counseling for children.
1-800-THE-KIDS (843-5437) 24 hours a day – 7 days a week
If you’re feeling stressed out, call the Family Helpline and work through your frustrations before a crisis occurs. You’ll speak to sensitive, trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous who provide empathic listening about parenting and refer you to resources in your community.
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-877-NJ ABUSE (652-2873) 24 hours a day – 7 days a week
If you have reasonable cause to believe that a child or teenager has been abused or neglected report it to the Division of Youth and Family Services and it will be investigated. The call is fast and confidential. The hotline is open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.
Mom2Mom offers peer support counseling, a place to vent, reassurance, a sounding board, advocacy skill building, and access to expert advice and reliable resources to help improve the lives of moms of children with disabilities
They listen, understand, and depending on what’s going on with you, provide all of the following
- Peer Support Counseling
- Clinical Assessments
- Individualized Goal Setting
- Support Groups
- Provider Network Access
- Invitations to Exclusive Wellness Events
NJ 2nd Floor Helpline: For Kids and Young Adults ages 10 and up
Call or TEXT!
2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline staffed by trained counselors for New Jersey's youth and young adults. They are there to them find solutions to the problems that they face at home, at school or at play.
Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA
Project Community Pride of the Madison Area YMCA A is a no-fee youth counseling and support program for children, teens and families in Chatham, Florham Park and Madison who are struggling with social, emotional and/or behavioral issues.
Important Contact Information for Support in Our Schools
Contact Information for District Special Services
For administrative assistance, please contact Mr. Curtis Kentner, department secretary.
For assistance with children under the age of 5 who do not yet attend Briarwood or students educated in specialized schools, please contact Ms. Lori-Jane Dolan, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant and Case Manager.
Contact Information at Briarwood School
For questions about your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP), please contact Ms. Louisa Sirimis, School Psychologist and Briarwood School Case Manager.
For questions about your child's health, please contact Ms. Kristen Castellano, Briarwood School Nurse.
For concerns about your child's social-emotional development or mental health, please contact Ms. Jessica Fewer,, or, if your child has an IEP, Ms. Louisa Sirimis. For emotional or behavioral crisis, please contact Mobile Crisis at 1-877- 652-7624, for emergencies, please call 9-1-1.
Contact information at Brooklake School
For questions about your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP), please contact Dr. Christine Fugger, School Psychologist and Brooklake School Case Manager
For questions about your child's health, please contact Ms.Stephanie DiLeo, Brooklake School Nurse.
For non-emergency concerns about your child's social-emotional development or mental health, please contact Ms. Karen Ford,, or, if your child has an IEP, Dr. Christine Fugger. For emotional or behavioral crisis, please contact Mobile Crisis at 1-877- 652-7624, for emergencies, please call 9-1-1.
Contact Information at Ridgedale Middle School
For questions about your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP), please contact Ms. Kate Rinaldi, School Psychologist and RMS Case Manager
For questions about your child's health, please contact Ms. Marian Kentner, RMS School Nurse.
For non-emergency concerns about your child's social-emotional development or mental health, please contact Ms.Anna Crumm,, or, if your child has an IEP, Ms. Kate Rinaldi. For emotional or behavioral crisis, please contact Mobile Crisis at 1-877- 652-7624, for emergencies, please call 9-1-1.