Comprehensive Health Evaluation for Children (CHEC)
What is a CHEC Evaluation?
- A one-time mental health & substance
abuse screening, developmental evaluation, & comprehensive
- Includes recommendations
Who receives CHEC Evaluations?
- By DCP&P mandate, all children initially
entering foster & kinship homes
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
medical, developmental, & mental health
difficulties with recommendations
- 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
- 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
aids may remain with the child during the
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:
- 6 - 11 years: 3.5 hours
- 12 - 17 years: 4 hours
How is a referral made?
- No SAR is needed
- Fax completed forms to
- CHEC evaluations appointments
are Monday through Friday
How to Make a Referral
1. Complete and
sign the forms listed below:
- Complete the CHEC referral form.
- Sign the Consent
form. Please note that
or a biological parent may sign. If the child is
14 or over, he/she will also need
- Sign the Notification
of Patient Privacy form in the medical and mental health sections.
Please note that DCP&P
or a biological parent may sign.
If the child is 14 or over, he/she
will also need to sign. This form
states that you have received our
policies on patient privacy. These
policies can be viewed below:
- Sign the CHEC Eligibility form. Please note that the Local Office Manager must sign this form if the child has already had a CME/Well Child Visit.
2. Obtain immunization records.
- These records are often available
- Medical provider
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.
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)