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Following are helpful descriptions for various terms and acronyms used throughout our website.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a set of habilitative services, designed for decreasing dangerous behaviors while assisting youth in acquiring and retaining self-help, communication and adaptive skills. A focus is put on a transfer of skills to the youth while working with/training the youth's parent or caregiver to implement the behavioral plan.

Behavioral Assistance (BA) is a process of intervention and ongoing evaluation resulting in effective modification of a youth's identified behavior(s). The services involve applying positive behavioral principles within the community, using culturally based norms to foster behaviors that are rehabilitative and restorative.

BioPsychoSocial Assessment (BPS) is an assessment authorized by PerformCare or our providers in order to make an accurate evaluation of your child's needs and the most appropriate resources or services. This means a licensed clinician will meet in person with you and your child to collect more information. These clinicians are independent providers, practicing either alone or as employees of a local agency. They do not work for PerformCare.

Care management organizations (CMO) are county-based, nonprofit organizations that are responsible for face-to-face care management and comprehensive service planning for youth and their families with intense complex needs. They coordinate the Child/Family Team meetings and implement Individual Service Plans (ISP) for each youth and their family. The CMO provides a single point of accountability for the organization, the delivery of services and the supports needed to maintain stability for each youth.

Children's Crisis Intervention Services (CCIS) is a network of regional short-term psychiatric hospital inpatient treatment units that serve children ages 5 to 17 who have been determined to be an immediate risk to themselves or others.

Children's System of Care (CSOC) is the division within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) responsible for behavioral health and developmental disability services for children up to age 21. CSOC is the state entity that manages all contracts for public services to these youth populations and strives to build a responsive and flexible service system for youth and families.

Family Support Services (FSS) are available for youth who are determined eligible for developmental disability services and meet the criteria for FSS. The Family Support Services include Assistive Technology, Educational Advocacy, and Respite. The services may be provided based on availability and appropriateness to the needs of your child and family.

Family support organizations (FSO) are non-profit, county-based organizations run by families of children with emotional and behavioral challenges. FSOs work collaboratively with the CMO, Mobile Response and Stabilization Services, PerformCare, state agencies and provider organizations to ensure that the system is open and responsive to the needs of families and youth. The FSO provides peer support, education, advocacy and system feedback to families. They ensure that the key values of the CSOC are upheld.

Individual Support Services (ISS) assist youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities with acquiring, retaining, improving and generalizing the behavioral, self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to function successfully in the home and community. Individual support services are supervised by service provider staff in a youth's family home, the home of a relative or in other community-based settings, in accordance with approved treatment plans.

Inpatient is defined as being formally admitted to a hospital or treatment center for services. This would include Out-of-Home (OOH)/residential services.

Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD): Per the National Institutes of Health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are disorders that negatively affect a child's physical, intellectual, and/or emotional development.

  • Intellectual disabilities in children are characterized by problems with the ability to learn, reason, problem solve, and other skills, along with adaptive behavior which includes everyday social and life skills.
  • Developmental disabilities feature a broader range of chronic and/or lifelong disabilities that can be intellectual, physical, or both. Many of these conditions affect multiple body parts or systems.

The exact definition of IDD, as well as the different types or categories of IDD, may vary. For example, within the context of education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law that aims to ensure educational services to children with disabilities throughout the nation, the definition of IDD and the types of conditions that are considered IDD might be different from the definitions and categories used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide services and support for those with disabilities.

The Children's System of Care (CSOC)is responsible for determining eligibility for childhood intellectual and developmental disability services provided by the State of New Jersey for children under age 18.

Intensive In-Community Services (IIC) are therapeutic services, intended for a restoration of a youth's functional level after a decline related to behavioral health episode or a significant life stressor or trauma. These services are provided by licensed practitioners, and may include individual and/or family therapy interventions.

Intensive In-Home Services (IIH) are an array of rehabilitation and/or habilitation services delivered face-to-face as a defined set of interventions by clinically licensed or certified practitioners. Rehabilitation services are short term medical or remedial services designed for the restoration of a youth to his or her best possible functional level after an acute episode of physical or mental disability or a long-term mental illness. Habilitation services are long term supports designed to assist youth with I/DD in acquiring, retaining and improving the self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to function successfully in home, at school and in community-based settings.

Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) are provided to youth who exhibit emotional or behavioral challenges that may jeopardize their current living arrangements. They provide face-to-face crisis response within one hour of notification. The goal is to stabilize behavior and prevent loss of ability to remain in the home. Families of youth discharged from a psychiatric screening center are automatically eligible for MRSS, if desired. MRSS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can offer up to eight weeks of stabilization services.

Out-of-Home (OOH) treatment is a public or private residential treatment program that provides 24/7 care and treatment for children, youth, and young adults who require the highest intensity of services.

Outpatient Treatment is defined as clinical services that include individual, group, or family therapy and other counseling, as well as medication prescription administration and review provided in a non-residential setting. Outpatient services also include substance use treatment.

Respite means "break" or "relief". Respite services are intended to provide temporary relief for the primary caregiver from the demands of caring for an individual with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities during the times when the caregiver would normally be available to provide care. The service relieves family members from care on a temporary basis for short periods of time.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) services help youth develop functional social and emotional skills that are critical to achieve optimal outcomes in their behavioral health treatment. SEL is designed to build strengths in self-management, self-awareness, decision-making, social awareness and interpersonal interactions.