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Developmental Disabilities Licensing
  • Services for developmentally disabled and brain-injured individuals serve people with disabilities such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injuries and certain neurological impairments.

  • Private residential facilities provide residential services for developmentally disabled persons.

  • Community residences provide residential services for up to 16 developmentally disabled persons, including group homes, supervised apartments, and supportive living.

  • Community care residences provide family care or skill development in a private home or apartment for up to four developmentally disabled persons.

  • Community residences for persons with head injuries provide residential services for persons who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.
Mental Health Licensing
Mental Health Licensing covers a wide range of services:
  • Outpatient services
  • Adult partial care services
  • Intensive family support services
  • Designated screening center
  • Emergency services
  • Adult residential services
  • Group home
  • Apartment
  • Family care home
  • Supportive housing residence
  • Programs of assertive community treatment (PACT)
  • Projects for assistance in transition from homelessness (PATH)
  • Supported employment program
  • Integrated case management services
Outpatient Services
Services provided to clients who possess a psychiatric diagnosis, including clients who are seriously and persistently mentally ill but excluding substance abuse and developmental disability unless accompanied by treatable symptoms of mental illness. Periodic therapy, counseling and supportive services are generally provided at the provider agency for relatively brief sessions (between 30 minutes and 2 hours).
Adult partial care services
Comprehensive, structured, non-residential health services provided to seriously mentally ill adult clients in a day program setting to maximize client's independence and community living skills. Partial care programs provide or arrange services necessary to meet the comprehensive needs of individual clients.
Intensive family support services
Family driven supportive activities designed to improve the overall functioning and quality of life of families with a mentally ill relative. 
Designated screening center
A public or private ambulatory care service designated by the Department of Human Services, which provides mental health services including assessment, emergency and referral services to mentally ill persons in a specified geographical area.
Screening is the process by which it is ascertained that the individual being considered for commitment meets the standards for both mental illness and dangerousness as defined in PL 1987c.116 (N.J.S.A. 30.4-27.1 et seq.) and that all stabilization options have been explored or exhausted.
Emergency services
Emergency service is the provision of service to people in crisis. It includes mental health and social service provision or procurement and advocacy.
Emergency services offer immediate crisis intervention services and service procurement to relieve the client's distress and to help maintain or recover his or her level of functioning.
Emphasis is on stabilization, so that the client can actively participate in needs assessment and service planning. It is affiliated with a Designated Screening Center.
Adult residential services
A program for mentally ill adults in community residences owned or leased by the provider or through service agreements providing support and encouragement in the development of life skills required to sustain successful living within the community. Clients live in the most normalized, least restrictive environment possible to promote individual growth and safety. Programming focuses on empowering the client's use of generic community supports to meet physical, psychological and social needs to promote an improved quality of life and emotional well being as listed below:

Group home

Any leased or owned single family residence or any single structure containing three or more dwelling units, all of which are utilized for the provision of residential care services. Group homes do not include family care homes, supportive housing residences or apartment facilities, except where such apartment facilities include those contained in a structure of three or more units and all units are operated under contract with the Division of Mental Health Services.


An apartment owned or leased by the provider agency in which clients reside and receive residential services.

Family care home

A private home or apartment in which an individual resides and provides services to consumer residents who also reside in the home.

Supportive housing residence

Any unit of dwelling space owned or leased by a Provider Agency (or organized entity with an Affiliation Agreement with a Provider Agency).

Programs of assertive community treatment (PACT)
Comprehensive, integrated rehabilitation, treatment and support services to those individuals most challenged by the need to cope with serious and persistent mental illness, as evidenced by repeated hospitalizations and to those individuals identified as at serious risk for psychiatric hospitalization. PACT, provided in vivo by a multi-disciplinary service delivery team, is the most intensive program element in the ambulatory continuum of community mental health care. Services to an individual may vary in type and intensity, but treatment has no predetermined end point.
Projects for assistance in transition from homelessness (PATH)
Services provided to individuals suffering from serious mental illness; or suffering from serious mental illness and from substance abuse; and are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
Supported employment program
Competitive work in integrated work settings for mentally ill individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a severe disability and who because of the nature and severity of their disability need intensive supported employment services and extended support services.
Integrated case management services
Consumer-centered services provided predominantly off-site in the consumer's natural environment. Personalized, collaborative and flexible outreach services are designed to engage, support and integrate consumers, 18 years of age or older who are severely and persistently mentally ill, into the community of their choice and facilitate access to needed mental health, medical, social, educational, vocational, housing and other services and resources.
Regulating programs for children and youth
The Department of Children and Families' Office of Licensing regulates child care programs, youth residential programs, youth mental health programs and resource family homes.
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