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Glossary

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

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 System of Care (CSOC) is the division within the New Jersey Department of Children and Families 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 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.

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.