Children's Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC)
The Gloucester County Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC) is a team dedicated to helping children, from birth to age 21, who are experiencing life challenges with behavioral or mental health, intellectual or developmental disability, and/or substance use concerns. The Gloucester County CIACC works to develop and maintain a responsive, accessible, and integrated system of care for children with these special needs and support their families and caregivers in the process of securing services. The Gloucester County CIACC looks at these children’s needs and the framework of services in place to meet these needs with the aim of improving services. And, it serves as an advisory board to the Gloucester County Board of Commissioners through the county Department of Health and Human Services, and to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC).
The Gloucester County CIACC relies on the Local System of Care to deliver services. The Gloucester County Local System of Care works under the umbrella of the lead state agency, the NJ Division of Children's System of Care (CSOC). Through partnership with stakeholders and local providers, the Gloucester County CIACC aims to support and assist in minimizing the impact of barriers to serving children in the community.
The Gloucester County CIACC meets regularly, 10 times a year. The purpose of meetings is to discuss how services are working for children who are experiencing behavioral or mental health, intellectual or developmental disability, or substance use challenges. Meetings often offer short presentations on a community resource, followed by discussion of the overall system, what is working well, what needs improvement, any new challenges happening, and resources. Currently, all meetings are held virtually (see link below for meeting access information).
Meetings are open to the public, and youth and families are encouraged to join in the meeting and share their experiences with support services. Meetings are an opportunity to connect with those who provide services, those who fund the organizations to provide services, and those who are government representatives that oversee or regulate services.
The Gloucester County CIACC also attends community events and offers community presentations upon request. Please see list below for presentation offerings.
Youth and Family Voice
The Gloucester County CIACC is an open door to voice concerns and experiences of families, caregivers and children. The Gloucester County CIACC aims to build a partnership between parents, caregivers, and youth with the agencies that provide services to children. Because the Gloucester County CIACC serves as an advisory board to the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services and to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, when families, caregivers and youth share their experiences, the feedback provides guidance for improving services. Any feedback or input a family member, caregiver or youth wishes to give is welcomed and encouraged. This can be done by coming to a meeting or by phone call, email, letter or by appointment. See below for link to meeting access as well as contact information.
2022 Meeting Schedule:
- February 9, 2022 @ 10 AM Tri-County CIACC hosted by Salem Co
- March 9, 2022 @ 10AM Gloucester County CIACC
- April 13, 2022 @ 10AM Gloucester County CIACC
- May 11, 2022 @ 10AM Gloucester County CIACC
- June 8, 2022 @ 10AM Tri-County CIACC hosted by Cumberland Co
- August 10, 2022 @ 10AM Gloucester County CIACC
- September 14, 2022 @ 10AM Tri-County CIACC, hosted by Gloucester Co
- October 12, 2022 @ 10AM Gloucester County CIACC
- November 9, 2022 @ 10AM Gloucester County CIACC
- December 14, 2022 @ 10AM Tri-County CIACC hosted by Salem Co
How can I get help for my child with behavioral, intellectual, developmental, or substance use challenges?
Please call 1-877-652-7624, a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free access line with PerformCare.
Common reasons to call PerformCare include:
- Urgent but not life-threatening situations (if life-threatening, call 911)
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Bullying or being bullied
- Physical or verbal aggression
- Intellectual/developmental disabilities
- Substance Use
- Inattention or hyperactivity
- Oppositional or defiant behavior
- Grief from major trauma
- Concerns from teachers
PerformCare is the single point of access to a wide array of children’s services for behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disability as well as substance use throughout New Jersey. By way of background, the NJ Children’s System of Care (CSOC), a division of the NJ Department of Children and Families, contracts with PerformCare to provide children and their families with the services, resources, tools, and support they need to optimally participate in treatment within their homes, schools, and community settings. PerformCare provides the avenue for families to request clinically appropriate, needs-based services with a single phone call any time of the day or night.
The Gloucester County CIACC strives to raise awareness about and make connections to services for Gloucester County’s children in need. One way we reach this goal is by offering presentations, both virtual and in-person. Currently, the library includes a brief 15-minute “Introduction of the Gloucester County CIACC” and an hour-long “Overview of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.” Other topics can be developed upon request. Please contact us to find out more and to schedule a presentation. See below for contact information.
Gloucester County CIACC Member Organizations
The Gloucester County CIACC is appointed by the Gloucester County Board of Commissioners on an annual basis and staff is supported by the County and a grant provided by the NJ Department of Children and Families. There are many community-based and service providing organizations that make up the Gloucester County CIACC, examples are listed below:
- Acenda Integrated Health
- Center for Family Services
- CGS Family Partnership
- Gloucester County Addiction Services
- Gloucester County Special Child Health
- Gloucester County Youth Services Administration
- Inspira Child & Adolescent Partial Hospital Programs
- McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
- NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities
- NJ Department of Children and Families
- Ranch Hope
- Rowan College South Jersey – Gloucester County, Adult Center for Transitioning
- School Based Youth Services, GCIT
- Southwest Council
- The Arc Gloucester
- Youth Advocate Programs Inc.
To see the Gloucester County Human Services calendar and find meeting links: CLICK HERE
For important information on the Gloucester County local System of Care: 2020 System of Care Flow Chart
Click here to visit NJ Division of Childrens System of Care (NJCSOC) website
Click here to visit New Jersey PerformCare