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Comprehensive Health Evaluation for Children (CHEC)
What is a CHEC Evaluation?

  • A one-time mental health & substance abuse screening, developmental evaluation, & comprehensive physical examination
  • Includes recommendations and referrals

Who receives CHEC Evaluations?

  • By DCP&P mandate, all children initially entering foster & kinship homes
  • Appointment within 30 days of placement

What are the CHEC Program objectives?

  • Provide information about the child to DCP&P staff, Resource Parents, primary care provider, HMO care coordinator, & others
  • Identify medical, developmental, & mental health difficulties with recommendations for improvement
  • Identify the child's strengths

What is needed for a CHEC evaluation?

  • Completed referral form and signed consent, notification of patient privacy, and patient eligibility forms
  • Child's immunization record
  • Medical records, school records, and any evaluation reports are also extremely helpful

Who can bring a child to the CHEC evaluation?

  • Both resource parents & DCP&P caseworkers are encouraged to participate, but only one needs to attend the visit
  • An adult must stay with the child for the CHEC visit
  • Transportation aids may remain with the child during the visit, but someone who knows the child (such as a caseworker, foster parent, or biological parent) also needs to be present for a short portion of the appointment to provide information

Approximately how long is the CHEC visit?

  • Birth - 12 months: 2.5 hours
  • 1 - 5 years: 3 hours
  • 6 - 11 years: 3.5 hours
  • 12 - 17 years: 4 hours

How is a referral made?

  • No SAR is needed
  • Fax completed forms to 856-566-6838 (Fax)
  • CHEC evaluations appointments are Monday through Friday

How to Make a Referral

1. Complete and sign the forms listed below:

2. Obtain immunization records.

  • These records are often available from:
    • Medical provider
    • Daycare
    • School
    • Parent/caregiver

3. Fax completed forms and immunization records.

  • Fax Referral, Consent, Notification of Patient Privacy, and CHEC Eligibility forms (above) and the immunization records to 856-566-6838. Upon receipt of the fax, we will call you to schedule an appointment.


As required by law, any person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused, must report it immediately to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency by calling the 24 hour Child Hotline
1-877-NJ ABUSE   (1-877-652-2873)