Mental Health Resources

National Resources and Hotlines

Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics
Website: www.al-anon.org
Phone: 1-800-344-2666
Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not.
Crisis Text Line
Website: www.crisistextline.org
Phone: Text HOME to 741741
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
Website: https://nami.org/Home
Phone: 1-703-524-7600
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. NAMI organizes events as well as makes informational videos about different aspects of mental illness.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Website: www.thehotline.org
Phone: 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE) or text START to 88788
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support 24/7 to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.
National Drug Helpline
Website: www.drughelpline.org
Phone: 1-888-623-3239
Dedicated to making a positive change in the lives of those struggling with addiction, the National Drug Helpline is for members of the public that want access to quality information and resources to overcome drug and alcohol dependency.
National Eating Disorders Association
Website: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Phone: 1-800-931-2237
NEDA is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Website: www.hotline.rainn.org/online
Phone: 1-800-656-4673 (1-800-656-HOPE)
Chat online or call a trained staff member who can provide you confidential crisis support. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is operated by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Phone: 988 or 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-SUICIDE)
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support, including prevention and crisis resources for people in distress and their loved ones and best practices for professionals. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 180 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)
Website: https://www.samhsa.gov/
Phone: 1-800-662-4357 (1-800-662-HELP)
SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. SAMHSA is a federally funded organization that provides leadership and resources – programs, policies, information and data, funding, and personnel – to advance mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services in order to improve individual, community, and public health.
The Trevor Project – Trevor Hotline
Website: www.thetrevorproject.org
Phone: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR or text START to 678-678
A national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project also provides programs and resources focused on peer support, research, public education, and advocacy.

Youth and Young-Adult Resources

Child Help USA National Hotline
Website: www.childhelp.org
Phone: 1-800-422-4453
Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They focus their efforts on advocacy, intervention, treatment, prevention, family resilience, and community outreach.
Crisis Text Line
Website: www.crisistextline.org
Phone: Text HOME to 741741
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.
National Runaway Safeline
Website: www.1800runaway.org
Phone: 1-800-786-2929
The National Runaway Safeline responds to youth and families in crisis, serving as the national communications system for runaway and homeless youth. Trained staff are available 24/7 and for free.
The Trevor Project – Trevor Hotline
Website: www.thetrevorproject.org
Phone: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR or text START to 678-678
A national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project also provides programs and resources focused on peer support, research, public education, and advocacy.

Parent Resources

Al-Anon Regional Parent Meetings
Website: https://tinyurl.com/alanonparentmeetings
Frequently updated list of parent-focused al-anon meeting resources, organized by day of the week and region of the country.
Wise Roots Parenting
Email: brooks@wiserootsparenting.com
Wise Roots Parenting is an organization that emerged to meet the needs of parents of struggling teens and young adults. As the parent-child relationship is strained by problematic behaviors and/or mental health needs, parents often find themselves disconnected from the clarity, confidence, and values that were guiding them in less troubling times. The Wise Roots Parenting team offers parent coaching services by trained psychotherapists with decades of direct work and leadership with families, adolescents, and young adults. For parents considering BaMidbar’s treatment programs, Wise Roots Parenting’s resources provide a meaningful and constructive opportunity for you as a parent to likewise engage.
Youth Mental Health Project
Website: www.ymhproject.org
The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. They offer a wide range of services, and there are two resources in particular that we’d like to point out:
  1. If you visit their website and click on Parent Support, you’ll find a full calendar of upcoming events. The national virtual calls are open to everyone and are a place where you can find free parent support groups during this challenging time. If there is a local group where you live, you are also welcome to register for one of those sessions.
  2. Randi Silverman’s film “No Letting Go” can also be found on their website. It documents Randi’s family’s story of sending a child to residential care, and has been helpful for many families who have faced similar challenges.
National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
Website: www.natsap.org
The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs serves as an advocate and resource for innovative organizations which devote themselves to society’s need for the effective care and education of struggling young people and their families. NATSAP members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs working with struggling teens and troubled adolescents.

Jewish Community Resources

Beit T’shuvah
Website: www.beittshuvah.org
Phone: 1-310-204-5200
Los Angeles-based Beit T’shuvah’s faith-based model of recovery is the spiritual community. It is through this community of study, meditation, prayer and discussion that the residents transition from behavior patterns of perfectionism, failure, isolation and entitlement to life goals of progress, accountability, and gratitude. Residential treatment varies in length according to individual needs, but typically involves six months’ residence. Beit T’shuvah accepts and/or is covered through most PPO insurance plans.
Blue Dove Foundation
Website: www.thebluedovefoundation.org
Blue Dove’s mission is to educate, equip, and ignite our Jewish community with tools to understand, support, and overcome the challenges presented by mental illness and substance abuse. As a community with a focus on tikkun olam, Blue Dove works to eradicate the shame and stigma surrounding these issues. They also offer a list of mental health digital communities, facilities, and resources on their website.

Website: www.jewishrecovery.org
Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, movement, and an organization. They offer a variety of educational resources on their website, including information on recovery and identified cities where Chabad rabbis have launched Jewish recovery communities.

Website: www.myjewishlearning.com/here-now
This is a teen-led online and in-person initiative that promotes mental health, well-being, and resilience through innovative content and creativity. They provide a platform and network for Jewish teens to meet, share what matters to them, and get their friends and peers to join the conversation. They believe that the more open teens are about their feelings and challenges, the more open their friends, classmates, and families are likely to be about theirs.
Jewish Addiction Awareness Network
Website: www.jaanetwork.org
Jewish Addiction Awareness Network’s (JAAN) mission is to increase understanding of the disease of addiction and decrease stigma by connecting individuals, families, and professionals across the Jewish spectrum in order to explore the intersection of Judaism and recovery, exchange resources, and support those in crisis.
Jewish Children & Family Service of Chicago
Website: www.jcfs.org
JCFS Chicago provides caring and healing services to guide people in need from crisis to calm, from anguish to awareness, and from isolation to support. With services that are infused with Jewish values and compassion, JCFS Chicago works to make the community inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Boston
Website: www.jfcsboston.org
Jewish Family & Children’s Service has been helping individuals and families build a strong foundation for resilience and well-being across the lifespan. Through an integrated portfolio of more than 40 programs, JF&CS focuses on meeting the needs of new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco
Website: www.jfcs.org
JFCS San Francisco is a lifeline for children, families, and older adults facing personal crises or challenges. Whether it’s help for a major life transition or support for other challenges, JFCS can help. JFCS offers over 40 programs, including home care for seniors, therapy for children, youth volunteer programs, services for people with disabilities, and much more.
No Shame on U
Website: www.noshameonu.org
No Shame on U is dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental health conditions and raising awareness in the Jewish community and beyond.

Our Jewish Recovery
Website: www.ourjewishrecovery.com/
Our Jewish Recovery exists to support Jews in recovery from any and all addictions, and their loved ones, and to help us all find experience, strength, and hope. Our Jewish Recovery gives voice to the struggles and challenges of addiction, and empowers one another to continue the recovery journey, with its struggles and blessings.

The Jewish Board – Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS) and JCS Recovery
Website: www.jewishboard.org/listing/jacs-jcsrecovery
JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) is dedicated to: encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, chemically dependent persons and their families and friends to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment; promoting knowledge and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish community and acting as a resource center and information clearinghouse on the effects of alcoholism and drug dependency on Jewish family life.
T’Shuvah Center
Website: www.tshuvahcenter.com
The T’Shuvah Center is an off-shoot of Beit T’shuvah based in New York City. Their mission is to provide addicts of all kinds with the opportunity to build a community for recovery using a model that integrates Jewish wisdom, text, and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12-Steps; and spirituality. They provide therapy, spiritual counseling, long term residential treatment, training, education, and community experience.

Wilderness Therapy Resources

All Kinds of Therapy
Website: www.allkindsoftherapy.com
All Kinds of Therapy provides useful information to help families learn more about wilderness therapy programs, and can be a great resource to help families navigate the admissions process. Their blog post Wilderness Therapy Models provides a comprehensive overview of various types of wilderness therapy programs, and their blog post Top Questions to Ask Admissions is a useful tool that families can use as they explore various programs. All Kinds of Therapy also offers resources to help parents navigate the therapeutic boarding school process.
National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
Website: www.natsap.org
NATSAP serves as an advocate and resource for innovative organizations which devote themselves to society’s need for the effective care and education of struggling young people and their families. You can also find more information about wilderness therapy programs and models on their website.
Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation
Website: www.pbjf.org
A nonprofit that supports and serves Oregon and Washington resident adolescents and young adults in need of Wilderness Treatment.
Saving Teens in Crisis Collaborative (Saving Teens)
Website: www.savingteens.org
A nonprofit that supports and serves families struggling with adolescents needing therapeutic programs and schools but without financial ability.
Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
Website: www.obhcouncil.com
The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council is an organization dedicated to ensuring the field of wilderness therapy is standing by the highest ethical and clinical standards. You can find a list of member programs on their website, and additional information about the field of wilderness therapy. The Association for Experiential Education accredits wilderness therapy programs, through their Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare accreditation. This is a rigorous process, and is a gold standard in the field of wilderness therapy. You can find more information about accreditation here and here. The OBHC website notes whether or not member programs have achieved accreditation.

Scholarships / Financial Resources

Each family’s circumstances are different, and BaMidbar makes no guarantees regarding availability of scholarship funds from any of these organizations. Each has their own criteria for determining who qualifies for assistance and how much assistance is available to each candidate. This listing is simply a means for families to contact these organizations, who will ultimately determine whether they qualify for financial assistance.

Medical Care Deduction
The Internal Revenue Code allows a deduction for medical care of the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse, or dependents to the extent that those expenses exceed 10% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income*. Deductions will be dependent on why your child was placed in a therapeutic boarding school. Alcohol and Substance Abuse placements are tax deductible, as well as some placements for learning disabilities (For the costs to be deductible, overcoming the disability must be the principal reason for attending the school).

From the IRS – “You can’t include in medical expenses the cost of sending a child with behavioral problems to a school where the course of study and the disciplinary methods have a beneficial effect on the child’s attitude if the availability of medical care in the school isn’t a principal reason for sending the student there.”

Federal Mental Health Parity Law states that health plans (which offer mental health benefits) MUST offer them in parity with medical/surgical benefits. Over the years, BaMidbar has referred families pursuing potential insurance benefits from their healthcare provider to Denials Management, Inc. DMI offers a service to assist you in collecting reimbursement from your insurance company, but does not guarantee payment. You can contact Mary Covington, President at Denials Management, Inc. at Mary.Covington@DenialsMgt.com.
3rd Party Lenders
Lenders can work with families to craft individualized payment plans.


Sky’s the Limit Fund
Website: www.skysthelimitfund.org
Phone: 1-408-618-8093
A nonprofit that provides financial support and other services to families seeking wilderness therapy programs. You can find a list of their partner programs here.

Friends of Families with Children in Crisis Foundation
Website: www.friendsoffamilies.org
Phone: 1-951-317-3151
A nonprofit that supports and services adolescents in need of therapeutic boarding school treatment.

Hebrew Free Loan Society – Addiction Recovery Loans 
Website: www.hfls.org/loan-programs/addiction-recovery
Provides 0%-interest loans of up to $10,000 to low- and moderate-income residents of New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island to support addiction recovery treatment costs and related financial needs.

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