PerformCare New Jersey utilizes significant expertise and integrated technologies to register, authorize, and coordinate services for children, youth, and young adults who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges, are impacted by substance use treatment needs, or have an intellectual/developmental disability. We provide access to the right care at the right time. This unique partnership between parents, family support organizations, service providers, and care managers provides a central support group for children and youth in need, with parents and caregivers as the primary force behind the planning and treatment process.  For parents and caregivers with questions about PerformCare, or to access services for children and youth, please contact us toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-877-652-7624.

Family Success Centers: DCF funds a statewide network of Family Success Centers as “one-stop” shops that provide wrap-around resources and supports for families before they find themselves in crisis. Click here to access the Family Success Centers by county, and to access a Family Success Center fact sheet, click here.

Advocates for Children of NJ – Access to attorneys who work pro-bono (free) if child has a developmental delay (DD).

Family Support Organization – one in each county in NJ – for a list by county

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPANNJ) – Peer-to-peer (parent to parent) assistance for parents with children with special needs. Assistance with 504, IEP, emotional support, etc.

Postpartum Depression Resources

By Region [Northern NJ / Central NJ / Southern NJ]

American Psychological Association
NJ Speak Up When You’re Down

Perform Care: behavioral health resources for families & professionals
Postpartum Dads

The Postpartum Stress Center: NJ & PA
Postpartum Support International
Support Group List

Bergen Resource Net

Burlington Resource Net

Camden Resource Net

Cape Atlantic Resource Net

Essex Resource Net

Hudson Resource Net 

HSW Resource Net

Mercer Resource Net

Middlesex Resource Net  

Monmouth Resource Net

Morris Sussex Resource Net

Ocean Resource Net

Passaic Resource Net

Union Resource Net

Click on the following links to access Community Program Directories for each of the hub counties below:

Atlantic County

Burlington County

Camden County

Cape May County

Cumberland County

Gloucester County

Mercer County

Middlesex County

Monmouth County

Ocean County

Salem County


The Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children (SWYC), including the Baby Pediatric Symptom Checklist (BPSC) Screening Instrument, and the Preschool Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PPSC). The SWYC is a comprehensive early childhood developmental and social/emotional screening instrument for children, from ages 1 – 60 months, designed for primary care. It includes the BPSC and PPSC which are modeled after the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)




  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (online form) – This 10-question self-rating scale has been proven to be an efficient and effective way of identifying patients at risk for “perinatal” depression. While this test was specifically designed for women who are pregnant or have just had a baby, it has also been shown to be an effective measure for general depression in the larger population.
  • Manual Version and Guidance
  • Edinburgh Tip Sheet


Mental Health Toolkit – Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Ready-to-use resources and tools on one instant-access CD-ROM. Includes screening and assessment instruments, quick-reference care management advice, step-by-step care plans, time-saving documentation and referral tools, coding aids, billing and payment tips, parent handouts, community resource guides, and much more. Some materials from the toolkit are available publicly. Click here to download these tools. Additional materials are available through Pediatric Care Online (subscription required).

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers – A free, online resource developed by the CDC to help parents learn skills that form the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship.  Skills focus on encouraging good behavior, while decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies.

Fostering Partnership & Teamwork in the Pediatric Medical Home: A “How-To” Video Series This 3-part video series provides step-by-step instructions on increasing family-centered care and team work.

Creating Efficiency: Team Huddles

Building a Stronger Pediatric Medical Home: Family Advisory Groups

Enhancing Collaboration with Families: Care Partnership Support

The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress – A technical report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics examining how early experiences and environmental influences can have lasting consequences and long-term health impacts.

  • Ohio AAP Building Mental Wellness for Infants & ToddlersBuilding Piece of Mind – First Visit (English) (Spanish)Building Piece of Mind – 9 Month Visit (English) (Spanish)Building Piece of Mind – 18 Month Visit (English) (Spanish)Building Piece of Mind – 36 Month Visit (English) (Spanish)Building Piece of Mind – Purposeful Parenting (English) (Spanish)Zero to Three & American Academy of PediatricsFor more information, click here

Bright Futures Mental Health Anticipatory Guidance for Children/Teens/Young Adults

Key Pages for Well Child Visits with 11 – 14 year olds: 17-20, 24-27

Key Pages for Well Child Visits with 15 – 17 year olds: 35-38, 42-46

Key Pages for Well Child Visits with 18 – 21 year olds: 54-57, 62-66

Also see pages 67-68 for all ages

In this 9-minute video titled Healthy Adolescent Partner Relationships, Richard J. Chung, MD explains how relationships with peers, including dating and other forms of intimacy, are a common part of adolescence and have substantial impacts on social and emotional development. Healthy relationships can be an incredible resource for positive development, whereas unhealthy relationships can pose critical risks. For more information on scope in pediatric practice, teaching points, tools and resources for pediatricians and families, click the link to Watch Now.   

 The Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series provides real-time education to support pediatricians caring for children and youth with mental health concerns.