State Agencies

The chart below lists some of the State Government Agencies providing services for children and adults with autism.  Additional information about navigating these government entities to access services can be found in our Age Related Concerns section or by calling 800.4.AUTISM. 




(Division of Family Health Services) Division of Child Integrated System of Care Services (CSOC) (Division of Student Services)

Division of Developmental Disabilities

Division of Disability Services (DDS)

Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS)

Division of Vocational Rehab Services (DVRS)


Early Intervention System (EIS)   Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)    


Birth to 3 School Aged (3 to 21) School Aged (3 to 21) Transition (16-21) & Adult (21+) Transition (16-21) & Adult (21+)

Department of Health (DOH)

The Department of Health's mission is to foster accessible and high-quality health services to help all people in New Jersey achieve optimal health, dignity and independence; to prevent disease, promote and protect well-being at all life stages and encourage informed choices that enrich quality of life for individuals and communities.

Key Staff:  Cathleen D. Bennett, Commissioner

PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
Tel: 800.367.6543 (toll free) or 609.292.7837 or 7839

Early Intervention System (EIS)

The New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS), under the Division of Family Health Services, implements New Jersey's statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. The Department of Health (DOH) is appointed by the Governor as the state lead agency for the Early Intervention System.  For more information about eligibility and services, visit our Age Related Concerns section.

50 East State Street, 6th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0364
Tel: 609.777.7734 (MAIN); 888.653.4463 (Referral Line)

Learn more about Early Intervention in our Resources section.

Autism Registry 

In 2007, the New Jersey State Legislature and Governor Corzine enacted a law that requires the Department of Health to maintain a registry of individuals diagnosed with autism.

Licensed health care professionals should register any child whom they have diagnosed with autism, or follow (previously diagnosed with autism).  To register a child, complete the SCH-0 and SCH-1 forms found on the Department website.

If you are a family seeking more information, download The New Jersey Autism Registry Information for Families Brochure.

PO Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625-0364
Tel:  609.292.5676 

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state’s comprehensive agency dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of children, youth, families and communities. Through its Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC), DCF provides support services for all children and youth with developmental disabilities up to age 21.

Key Staff:  Dr. Allison Blake, Commissioner

P.O. Box 729
Trenton, NJ 08625-0729
Phone: 1.855.INFO.DCF (1.855.463.6323)

Division of Children's System of Care (CSOC)

DCF’s Division of Children's System of Care (CSOC) serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families. As a result of a 2013 transition of developmental disability services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to DCF, DCF serves all eligible children and youth up to age 21 through its Family Support program.

Key Staff:  Elizabeth Manley, Assistant Commissioner

50 East State Street, 3rd floor
PO Box 717
Trenton, NJ  08625-0717
Phone: 609.888.7200

New Jersey Department of Children and Families' Division of Children's System of Care (CSOC) is responsible for determining eligibility for developmental disability services for all children and youth under age 18, and for providing the services for all children and youth under age 21. Eligibility for youth ages 18-21 is determined by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). All requests for support services for eligible individuals under 21 are directed to PerformCare.


PerformCare is the administrative services organization and the single point of entry for all requests for eligibility and services through CSOC. PerformCare arranges needs assessments and facilitates the delivery of family support services. Services include funding for respite and camp, in-home behavioral support, assistive technology devices, and home and vehicle modifications. In addition, placement in residential treatment or group homes may be provided when a child's needs cannot be met in the community.

Application materials, a list of frequently asked questions, fact sheets about Family Support Services and other information are available on PerformCare’s website. For new applications, or to request services for an eligible individual, contact PerformCare at 877-652-7624.

PerformCare is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

300 Horizon Drive Suite 306
Robbinsville, NJ 08691-1919
Phone:  877.652.7624

Department of Education (DOE)

DOE is responsible for overseeing more than 600 school districts and administering education programs to more than 1.4 million public and non-public elementary and secondary school children.

Key Staff:  David C. Hespe, Commissioner

100 River View PlazaPO Box 500
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Tel: 609.292.4450 or 877.900.6960
Fax: 609.777.4099

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

OSEP, within the Division of Student Services, has oversight responsibilities for the provision of education and related support services to students aged 3 to 21 with disabilities.  The Office implements state and federal laws and regulations governing special education to ensure that pupils with disabilities in New Jersey receive full educational opportunities. To learn more about your education rights, click here.

Key Staff: John Worthington, Acting Director

PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Tel: 609.292.0147
Fax: 609.984.8422

Department of Human Services (DHS)

The largest department in New Jersey state government, DHS serves 1.5 million New Jerseyans, or about one of every six state residents.  DHS provides support services for people with disabilities and their families, as well as programs for mental health consumers, protective services for children, the New Jersey Medicaid program, food stamps, child care, financial assistance, and adoption.

Key Staff:  Elizabeth Connolly, Acting Commissioner

222 South Warren Street
PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700
Tel: 609.292.3717
Fax: 609.292.3824

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

DDD arranges and coordinates needed services to eligible New Jersey residents age 21 and up who have developmental disabilities. The Division also determines eligibility for Children's System of Care (CSOC) family support services for individuals ages 18-21. DDD's mission is to assist people with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible. DDD serves individuals who live at home with their families, as well as individuals who are in living arrangements funded and licensed by DDD. These arrangements are operated by either private agencies or individuals under contract with DDD. DDD also operates developmental centers statewide.

Among the services DDD provides are case management, guardianship, guidance to parents in becoming legal guardians of their adult children, family support, residential services, day programs, and supported employment services. Most of these services are provided through contracts with private organizations or individual contractors. DDD provides services to Medicaid-eligible individuals through the Supports Program and administers the Community Care Waiver (CCW) within Medicaid for the State of New Jersey. 

Click here to learn more about the supports and services DDD provides.

Key Staff:  Elizabeth M. Shea, DDD Assistant Commissioner

195 Gateway Center
5 Commerce Way, Suite 100
Hamilton, NJ 08691
Tel: 800.832.9173 (toll free) or 609.987.0800
Fax: 609.987.2070

There are nine Community Service Offices serving the 21 counties throughout NJ.  Click here to find the location that serves your county.

Learn more about DDD services in our Resources section.

Division of Disability Services (DDS)

The Division of Disability Services (DDS) focuses on serving people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury. Through its toll-free hotline -- 1-888-285-3036 -- DDS responds to as many as 15,000 requests each year for Information and Referral Assistance on issues affecting people with any type of disability in the State of New Jersey.  And, as one of its primary services, DDS publishes New Jersey Resources 2012, a comprehensive guide about services across New Jersey for people with disabilities. This directory is updated annually.

Key Staff:  Joseph Amoroso, Director

PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700
Tel: 888.285.3036 (toll free) or 609.292.7800
Fax: 609.292.1233

Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS)

The Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services administers the state-and federally- funded Medicaid program for certain groups of low to moderate income people. Through these programs, DMAHS serves more than 1,000,000 people. Its staff of over 500 works both in Trenton and in Medical Assistance Customer Centers (MACCs) throughout the state. The MACCs assist Medicaid clients in obtaining needed services and in answering questions regarding their benefit packages.

Health Insurance Programs administered by DMAHS

Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependant children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. These programs pay for hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care and other healthcare needs, depending on what program a person is eligible for.

NJ FamilyCare is a health insurance program for uninsured children whose family income is too high for them to qualify for "traditional" New Jersey Medicaid but not high enough to be able to afford private health insurance. Some low-income uninsured parents/caretakers may also be eligible for NJ FamilyCare.
Most NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid clients are enrolled in managed care. With managed care, clients are enrolled in a Health Maintenance Organization - HMO - that manages their healthcare.

Some New Jersey Medicaid clients, including those who reside in institutions and those who receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, continue to receive traditional "fee-for-service" Medicaid, where providers bill New Jersey Medicaid for their services.

Key Staff:  Meghan Davey, Director

NJ Department of Human Services
Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
PO Box 712
Trenton, NJ 08625-0712
Tel: 800.356.1561

Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DLWD)

DLWD promotes economic activity, monitors labor standards, and administers federally funded programs, such as workers compensation, disability insurance, and unemployment compensation.

Key Staff:  Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner 

John Fitch Plaza – 13th Floor
PO Box 110
Trenton, NJ 08625-0110
Tel: 609.659.9045
Fax: 609.633.9271

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)

DVRS is responsible for training and placement of persons of employable age with disabilities. The mission of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is to enable individuals with disabilities to achieve employment outcomes consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities and capabilities. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is here to help individuals with disabilities that are having trouble finding or holding a job because of their disability. If you have a disability that is preventing you from working, or which is endangering your present employment, you may wish to submit a referral for services.

Key Staff:  Alice Hunnicutt, Director

LWD Building, 12th Floor
1 John Fitch Plaza                                                                                                
P.O. Box 398                                                                                                        
Trenton, NJ  08625-0398                               
Tel: 609.292.5987
Fax: 609.292.8347

Learn more about DVRS in our Resources section.

Last Updated: 5/11/2016

500 Horizon Drive, Suite 530 Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Phone: 609.588.8200; 800.4.AUTISM | Fax: 609.588.8858