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DCF's Division of Children's System of Care, CSOC, (formerly the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services) serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families; and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. CSOC is committed to providing these services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.



The Children's System of Care offers a wide range of services for children up to age 21 for behavioral health or developmental disability needs. These services include community-based services, in-home services, out-of-home residential services, and family support services. For questions about or to access behavioral health or developmental disability services for children and youth, call the 24-hour, toll-free Access Line at:




As of January 1, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families - Division of Children's System of Care (CSOC) assumed responsibility for determining eligibility for developmental disability services of children under age 18. This eligibility process for children, which was formerly completed by the Division of Developmental Disabilities, is required under New Jersey law in order to access publicly available developmental disability services. For information on the application process please call:


Additional information and the eligibility application can be found at the . Eligibility for individuals under 18, including life-long planning after age 18, is provided by the Department of Human Services' Division of Developmental Disabilities. More information on this can be found at the Division of Develomental Disabilities Website or by calling 1-800-832-9173.


Children's System of Care Services Providers

Visit PerformCare's Website for additional information for system of care providers.

DHS Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver Information


Applying for Determination of Eligibility for Children

For information on the application process for children under age 18 or to request developmental disability services for a child under age 21 who has already been determined eligible to receive developmental disability services please call PerformCare, the entity contracted to administer the service system at 1-877-652-7624 or visit the PerformCare website.

Determinations of eligibility for individuals age 18 and older for developmental disability services are made by DDD.  For information on DDD's application process for children age 18 and older or to request services for an individual over age 21 who has already been determined DDD eligible please call DDD at 1-800-832-9173 or visit the DDD website.  Please be advised that CSOC will honor eligibility determinations made by DDD for individuals between 18-21.

FAQs for Families with Children with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities



Helping Educators Get Behavioral Health Services for Students (PowerPoint presentation)
For more information, contact Wyndee Davis at 609-888-7190.



Frequently Asked Questions and Scenarios Regarding 14 Day Plans/Court Involved Youth 



Children’s System of Care (CSOC) has lifted the current moratorium on enrolling new agencies, medical/mental health practices, or individuals seeking to become enrolled by Medicaid as providers of Intensive In-Community (IIC) Mental Health Rehabilitative Services for children, youth and young adults.

Applicants seeking to become enrolled as Medicaid providers of IIC services must submit an original, completed provider application packet (copies will not be accepted) to the following address via U.S. mail.

Children’s System of Care
PO BOX 717
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0717
Attention: Community Service Line Manager for IIC/BA

Review of applications will be ongoing.
Click HERE to access all of the required components of the provider application packet.

Provider Profile Information Form Instructions (update coming soon)  
Provider Profile Information Form  

BA Training Certification - What You Need To Know and FAQs  

Behavioral Assistance Training Certification Process & Training Catalogue
January - December 2016

Service Delivery Encounter Documentation Form(part 1) and (part 2)

Instructions for Completing the Intensive In-Community Service Delivery Encounter Documentation Form (update coming soon)

On 12/1/16, CSOC implemented a revised version of the BioPSychoSocial (BPS) Assessment template and instituted use of the revised CANS Strengths and Needs Assessment to ensure a standard and quality assessment process for youth and families involved with CSOC.  A BPS Narrative Guide was developed to provide guidance on BPS processes and support providers in the use of the revised template.  Please click on the following pdf attachments to access the BPS Narrative User Guide (PDF) and CSOC Bio Psycho Social Assessment (PDF).

The SNA assessment is accessible at:

The SNA Instructional Guide is accessible at:



Changes to Staff - Providers of Intensive In-Community (IIC) and Intensive In-Home (IIH) Services for Youth with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

Providers are required to communicate staffing changes to CSOC as soon as possible.  Requests to add or remove staff members must be approved by CSOC prior to staff members receiving referrals through CSOC.

Click HERE to access the Change of Staff form.

IIC Providers may submit the change of staff form electronically to CSOC at

IIH Providers may submit the change of staff form electronically to CSOC at

CSOC will review each form and communicate with providers regarding change of staff requests.



OOH referral-request 

SRTU consultation request form 

DCPP telephonic-review-fax-cover-sheet 

TJCR referral-checklist 

Access to the Specialized Residential Treatment Unit  

Treatment Home Stabilization Services Pilot



Admissions to Out-of-Home Treatment Settings

County Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC) Manual

Medicaid ("Household of One") Eligibility for Youth Referred for Admission to Out-of-Home Treatment Settings



The Wraparound Process User's Guide - A Handbook for Families
Youth Guide to Wraparound Services

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development & Leadership - Summit Report from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, Institute for Educational Leadership

Youth Development & Youth Leadership - A paper from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Advancing Youth Development - A Curriculum for Training Youth Workers - Youth Development Institute

Incorporating Youth Development Principles into Adolescent Health Programs: A Guide for State Level Practitioners and Policy Makers - Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, The Forum for Youth Investment, Fellow Information about Wraparound Services



Information about the plannning process
Transition Planning Tool