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DCF has been working through CSOC and the DCP&P Child Health Program to strengthen our policy affecting youth who receive psychotropic medication.

Please note: DCF is currently working on implementation and planning issues around authorized prescribers of psychotropic medications (please refer to policy) for youth in out of home care. At this time, DCF has not implemented this aspect of the policy. We will work closely with providers and our DCF Psychotropic Advisory Committee as we move forward with implementation steps.  If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the DCF Office of Child and Family Health at:

Psychotropic Medication Policy - Revised May 17, 2011

On November 8, 2012, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) adopted Guidelines for Expert Evaluations in Child Abuse/Neglect Proceedings. These guidelines are intended to support and improve the quality of expert forensic evaluations provided for DCF’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P). They were developed by the Child Abuse and Neglect Mental Health Evaluation Advisory Group convened by Commissioner Blake. 

Existing providers will have until June 30, 2014 to achieve initial compliance with these guidelines as well as the additional requirements set forth under a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Forensic Evaluation Services by Psychologists, while new providers will need to respond to the RFQ, which closes in August 2013.