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The NJ Department of Children and Families is continuing to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and its impact on children, families, our staff and our partner providers, throughout the state. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NJ Department of Health are providing ongoing guidance and direction regarding necessary precautions and action plans. The experts agree that Coronavirus prevention strategies are similar to what we do to prevent the flu:

  • Wash your hands in soap and water, regularly
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home and rest

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub 

COVID-19 Resources for Contracted Providers 

Guidance for Providers of Out of Home, In Home and Community-Based Services
Guidance Document Date Summary
Updated COVID-19 Guidance for the Children’s System of Care Congregate Residential Treatment Programs   1/28/22 A memo from CSOC Assistant Commissioner Mollie Greene lifting the suspension on admissions and off-site visitation for contracted OOH providers per interim guidance issued on January 4, 2022
Guidance for CPP Staff and DCF Contracted Visitation Providers on Family Visits  10/13/21 Contains information for CP&P staff and contracted visitation providers related to parent-child and sibling visitation, including visitation planning and preparation, roles of participants and safety protocols.
Guidance for Providers of Home and Community-Based Services Operating under Contract with NJ DCF 10/13/21 Includes information for specified in-home and community-based providers related to method of service delivery (in-person, remote, telehealth) and health and safety procedures.
CSOC Congregate Care Provider Guidelines 10/13/21 Guidance for safety practices for congregate care programs funded through the Children's System of Care (CSOC) cost reimbursement and fee-for-service contracts.
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance 10/13/21 Reopening Guidance for Agency Afterschool Respite, Agency Weekend Recreation, and Agency Overnight Respite Services Contracted by The New Jersey Department of Children and Families
DCF Office of Adolescent Services Guidance Regarding Program Service Extensions for Young Adults Turning 21 9/2/21 Provides notice of the elective extension of services for youth who reach the age of 21 during the COVID-19 pandemic and lists the applicable programs.
Correspondence to Residential Providers  6/17/21 Correspondence to DCF contracted congregate programs, which provides updated direction on health and safety matters in light of the end of public health emergency.
Direct Services Provider Survey Brief    
"Community Immunity" Webinar w/ DOH on Vaccine Safety (YouTube Link)    
Guidance for Owners/Operators of Homeless Shelters during the COVID-19 Pandemic  12/24/20 Provides NJ Department of Health best practices for maintaining  the health and safety of staff working in and individuals staying in homeless shelters and other similar congregate settings.
Guidance for Domestic Violence Residential Services  7/7/20 Direction for domestic violence shelter providers in handling shelter space requests for survivors
Division on Women Address Confidentiality Program - Rule Modification   4/17/20 Notice of Rule Waiver permitting agency to receive applications for the Address Confidentiality program with verbal agreement of the applicant, rather than requiring applicant’s signature.
CSOC Congregate Care Provider Youth Demographic Risk Profile    Congregate care providers are expected to complete and maintain this demographic and risk profile for each resident.
Temporary Telehealth Guidelines - Medicaid Newsletter  3/21/20 Addresses NJ FamilyCare requirements for the provision of telehealth services under new (3/19/20) legislation.
COVID-19 DCF Rule Waiver Modification or Suspension   6/22/20 Notice of Rule Waiver, which temporarily suspends or modifies certain regulations related to DCF’s Office of Licensing.


Agency After School Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation
Guidance Document Date Summary
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance  10/13/21 These documents and tools for group respite providers and families who utilize group respite services provide information on re-opening procedures, screening and admissions, capacity and other safety protocols.
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Facility Readiness Tool 10/21/20  
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Re-Opening Attestation  10/21/20  
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Individual Needs and Risk Assessment  10/21/20  
Agency Afterschool Respite and Agency Weekend Recreation Receipt of COVID-19 Information Form  10/21/20