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:
Frequently Asked Questions http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/faq/
Presentation: An Array of Supports for Including Students with Disabilities in General education programs 2008 http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/info/array.shtml
State Special Education Advisory Council http://220.127.116.11/education/sseac/
NJDOE Office of Special Education Programs http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/
Children with Special Needs http://www.state.nj.us/njded/parents/special.htm
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/index.html
Division of Disability Services http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/index.html
Division of Family Health Services www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/index.html
Early Intervention System www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/eiphome.htm
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.
Autism NJ, Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community www.autismnj.org
Autism Speaks, The nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization http://www.autismspeaks.org/
Autism Research Institute www.defeatautismnow.com
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) www.poac.net
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder:
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) www.chad.org
ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) www.add.org
National Resource Center on AD/HD www.help4adhd.org
Down Syndrome :
National Down Syndrome Society www.ndss.org
The Down Syndrome Social Network A place for friends http://downsyndrome.com
· 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:
Mental Health Association in New Jersey http://www.mhanj.org/
GLOSSARY OF FREQUENTLY USED TERMS
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)
by Julie Danneberg. Whisphering Coyote Press, 2000.
by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books, 2010.
by Irene Wineman Marcus, Paul Marcus, & Susan Jesche. Magination Press, 1990.
by Barbara Cain & J. J. Smith-Moore. Magination Press, 2000.
by Irene Wineman Marcus. Magination Press, 1992.
by Jack Dutro & Kenneth Boyle. Magination Press, 1991
by Charles E. Schaefer & Judith Friedman. Magination Press, 1992.
by Tool Kits for Kids, LLC, 2008.
by Howard J. Bennett. Magination Press, 2007.
by Jane Annunziata & Marc Nemiroff. Magination Press, 2009.