Department of Children and Families
  • How will the Stimulus Act assist the Department of Children (DCF) and Families mission?
    How will the Stimulus Act assist the Department of Children (DCF) and Families mission?
    These funds will support DCF’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of New Jersey’s most vulnerable children. The Stimulus Act will help the department continue to meet its obligations under the Modified Settlement Agreement (MSA), including foster care and adoptive services, and continuing the state’s system of care for children with behavioral health needs.

    ( More information on the MSA at: http://www.nj.gov/dcf/home/settlement_agreement.html)
  • What DCF-related programs does the Stimulus Act affect?
    What DCF-related programs does the Stimulus Act affect?
    Specifically, the Stimulus Act supports funding through Title IV-E and Title XIX (Medicaid).
  • How much funding will the Stimulus Act provide to DCF?
    How much funding will the Stimulus Act provide to DCF?
    The Stimulus Act allows the state to receive an increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage. In New Jersey, the federal government had previously reimbursed the state 50% for Title IV-E and Title XIX Medicaid claims, which included services such as supporting foster and adoptive parents with necessary subsidies and mental health services for children with behavioral health needs.

    With this new Stimulus Act, the federal government will now provide an enhanced federal claiming rate ranging from 56.2% reimbursement for Title IV-E to approximately 60% for Title XIX Medicaid. The state anticipates additional funds in the amount of approximately $12 million for Title IV-E for subsidies to foster care and adoptive parents (over the 27 months of the Stimulus Act) and approximately $54 million from Title XIX Medicaid for child behavioral health services over the same time period.
  • Does the Stimulus Act provide funding for new programs or services at DCF? Will DCF be issuing new Requests for Proposal?
    Does the Stimulus Act provide funding for new programs or services at DCF? Will DCF be issuing new Requests for Proposal?
    The Stimulus Act, as outlined above, provides for an increased federal reimbursement rate for Title IV-E and Title XIX Medicaid claims, which will help us meet our continuing client growth and anticipated increase in the need for services. The actual amount of funding will be dependent on utilization of services, and the actual amounts may vary. This funding will not result in new programs or new Requests for Proposals (RFP).