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Youth substance use treatment services

Substance use treatment services for children and adolescents

If your child is struggling and you suspect or know that drugs or alcohol are involved, appropriate substance use treatment services can help your child get back on track.

Your best resource for accessing treatment services is through your health insurance (private insurance or NJ Family Care). Your health insurance carrier can explain the kind of benefits available.

If you and your child are enrolled in a Care Management Organization, or involved with the Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P), speak to your Care Manager or case worker about additional treatment services that may be available.

PerformCare is able to refer and authorize substance use treatment services for a limited pool of youth age 13 to 17.

Appropriate assessment is the first step in obtaining the right treatment. Children authorized for a BioPsychoSocial (BPS, or needs assessment) through PerformCare are also able to receive a substance use screening as part of the assessment, when indicated.

PerformCare utilizes the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria for making clinical decisions about what type of service is most appropriate. These decisions are made by Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADCs) with appropriate specialized training.

Special information about consent for substance use treatment services

PerformCare considers the privacy of your information as a central component of providing quality services to children, youth, and families. It is important for family members to be aware that substance use treatment services are covered under even stricter privacy rules than behavioral health and general health rules. Youth seeking substance use treatment services must consent on their own to treatment and to release of records. Parents may not access the substance use treatment portion of the record without their child's consent, nor may they sign on behalf of their child. More information about this federal rule and how PerformCare manages privacy of substance use treatment records will soon be available in the frequently asked questions.