PerformCare is the Contracted System Administrator (CSA) for the State of New Jersey's Division of Children's System of Care(CSOC)–formerly the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services.

    PerformCare is the point of entry to access information regarding behavioral health services and resources (including registration, authorization, and finally coordination of behavioral health services for children, youth, and young adults who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges.

    PeformCare provides access to the right care at the right time. This unique partnership between parents, family support organizations, service providers, and care managers provides a central support group for children and youth in need (levels of service depend of specific needs of children/families).

    The parent or legal guardian of the child must give consent for services.


    Eligibility:  Call PerformCare New Jersey regarding your child if you are concerned about an emotional or behavioral problem, or if a trusted person, such as a friend, family member, teacher or counselor, your doctor, or your clergyman, thinks your child, youth, or young adult needs help.

    Youth who are eligible for services through PerformCare are primarily between the ages of 5 and 21 (up to his or her 21st birthday), reside in the State of New Jersey and have an emotional or serious mental health or behavioral need. Special consideration for services is given to children under the age five.

    There is no charge for calling PerformCare. The services we recommend are authorized without regard to income, private health insurance, or eligibility for Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare or other health benefits programs. When your child is registered for services at PerformCare, you will be asked to provide details about your insurance coverage.


    • Care Management Organization (CMO)

    • Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS)

    • In-home intensive therapy

    • Referral to outpatient therapy

    • Referral to other community resources


    (Will be asked to complete a Medicaid application. In doing so, your family may be found eligible for Medicaid as secondary insurance, or your child may be approved for state funds that cover the cost of certain behavioral health services to supplement your private insurance benefits. This application is not completed by PerformCare staff, but by the Care Manager or Crisis Mobile Response Worker).



    If your emergency is not immediately life-threatening, contact PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624 and follow the menu prompts provided for an emergency situation. You will be asked a series of questions to determine services needed.

    If determined that a child should be evaluated for hospitalization, PerformCare will refer you to a local Screening Center. For a list of Crisis/Screening Centers by county, please visit the NJ Department of Human Services website.

    PerformCare may authorize Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) to come to your home and provide face-to-face crisis services within one hour of notification. The goal is to stabilize behavior and keep your youth at home. Mobile Response is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can offer up to eight weeks of stabilization services

    FCIU-Family Crisis Intervention Unit**Can call independently of PERFOMCARE:

    Family Intervention Services (FIS) has a program:  The Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU) which is set up to serve youth 11-17 who are experiencing a “conflict”.  The program is free and it provides short-term (4-6 weeks—sometimes longer) crisis intervention services.  It is a free program and is offered 24 hours a day/7 days a week/and can service children at the Morris County office, home, or at school.

    Contact Information: Family Intervention Services

    20 Vanderhoof Avenue

    Rockaway, NJ 07866




    HELP LINE - 1-877-914-MOM2 (1-877-914-6662)

    “Mom 2 Mom” is a 24-hour helpline for mothers of children with special

    needs that was recently launched by the University of Medicine and

    Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). The women who serve as peer counselors when answering calls have their own children with special needs.  By dialing 1-877-914-6662, a mother or father of a child with special needs will receive the following services:

    Mom 2 Mom Peer Support- M2M Peer Supporters will be available to provide telephone peer support to callers in need. Moms of special needs children trained in peer counseling and crisis support will offer peer support, explain resources, and explore your needs. Mom 2 Mom peer support is also available through their website for a live chat experience.

    Mom 2 Mom Clinical Assessment - M2M Clinicians will be on the helpline as part of the team of clinical professionals available to do telephonic assessment and gauge the depression, anxiety, and family and marital issues, and so forth, that may be impacting your life.

    Mom 2 Mom Network- A M2M database of specially trained service providers will be available for referrals for your mental health needs.

    MOM 2 MOM Support Groups- Within your communities, Mom Peer Supporters will be available every month for Mom 2 Mom support groups.



    The State of NJ Special Education:


    Specific Disabilities/Disorders/Conditions


    • Coping Cat Parents: From Dr. Philip Kendall of the Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University, this site has resources tools and tips from experts.

    • ADAA: Anxiety and Depression Association of America has resources and instructive videos, as well as information on types of anxiety and treatment.

    • Worrywisekids: From Dr. Tamar Chansky of Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., site offers information and resources.

    • Anxietybc: Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia offers a special tab for youth and young adults, along with the help for parents.


    Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder:

    Down Syndrome :

    Other Disabilities:

    ·         American Foundation for the Blind http://www.afb.org/

    ·         Arc of New Jersey http://www.arcnj.org/

    ·         Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN®)www.aspennj.org

    ·         International Dyslexia Association  www.interdys.org

    ·         Spina Bifida Association of America www.sbaa.org

    ·         Tourette Syndrome Association www.tsa-usa.org

    ·         United Cerebral Palsy Association www.ucp.org

    SPAN Statewide Parent Advocacy Network  http://www.spannj.org/

    Mental Health Resources:


    • Case Manager A school district employee who coordinates meetings with you and appropriate school staff members. The case manager also serves as your contact when you have questions regarding your childs special education program and services.

    • Child Study Team Evaluation A process to collect data/ information about your child's special learning needs, strengths, and interests. An evaluation is used to help make decisions about whether your child is eligible for special education and related services. The evaluation will include administering individual tests, observing your child, a review of records, talking with you and your child. The evaluation may include the following: an educational assessment, health appraisal, psychological assessment, social assessment, a speech/language assessment, and any other pertinent medical evaluations.

    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) This is a written plan that details what the child will be taught and documents what will actually be provided to the child through special education and related services.

    • Preschool Disabled Children ages three to five, with an identified disabling condition and/or measurable developmental impairment, who require and would benefit from special education and related services.

    • Related Services Services which children with educational disabilities require to benefit from their educational programs. Related services include the following: counseling the child, training the parents about the educational needs of their child, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, transportation or recreation, as well as other appropriate services which the child needs to benefit from an education as required by their IEP.

    • Special Education Instruction and needed related services modified or designed, at no cost to parents/guardians, to meet individual needs of a child with disabilities, including instruction in classrooms, homes, hospitals, and other institutions.


    • “Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety,” by Donna B. Pincus, Ph.D.
    • “You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child From Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life,” by Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D.
    • “Freeing Your Child From Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias,” by Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D.

    ADDITIONAL Books and Resources

    Books for Children (Reading Level 4-8)

    First Day Jitters

    by Julie Danneberg. Whisphering Coyote Press, 2000.

    Wemberly Worried

    by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books, 2010.

    Scary Night Visitors: A Story for Children with Bedtime Fears

    by Irene Wineman Marcus, Paul Marcus, & Susan Jesche. Magination Press, 1990.

    I Don’t Know Why…I Guess I’m Shy: A Story About Taming Imaginary Fears

    by Barbara Cain & J. J. Smith-Moore. Magination Press, 2000.

    Into the Great Forest: A Story for Children Away from Parents for the First Time

    by Irene Wineman Marcus. Magination Press, 1992.

    Night Light: A Story for Children Afraid of the Dark

    by Jack Dutro & Kenneth Boyle. Magination Press, 1991

    Cat’s Got Your Tongue?  A Story for Children Afraid to Speak

    by Charles E. Schaefer & Judith Friedman. Magination Press, 1992.

    Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids. Ages 5-11

    by Tool Kits for Kids, LLC, 2008.

    Lion’s Aren’t Scared of Shots: A Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor

    by Howard J. Bennett. Magination Press, 2007.

    Sometimes I’m Scared

    by Jane Annunziata & Marc Nemiroff. Magination Press, 2009.