Academic journal article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

New Jersey. (Dispatches from the States)

Academic journal article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

New Jersey. (Dispatches from the States)

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Children and their families often do not get the services they need when and where they need them, especially children with emotional and behavioral disturbances and those with multi-system involvement or complex needs. Families are often forced to choose between outpatient and institutional or residential programs, with other alternative services accessible to them only on a limited basis. But there's a new initiative underway in New Jersey to solve that problem. New Jersey's groundbreaking Children's System of Care Initiative is a complex plan with a simple mission: to create happier endings for New Jersey's most troubled children.

Through this initiative, New Jersey is attempting to coordinate and integrate services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. Children's System of Care Initiative will expand the array of community-based, culturally competent services to ensure the availability of an organized system of services and settings that match the needs of the children. The array will include more options for crisis stabilization, and will include the use of off-site, in-home settings. The initiative's goals include building service plans that are family centered, increasing funding for services, broadening the scope of services, and creating an overall system to coordinate care and better manage across agencies. …

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