When Should a Referral Be Made?
- Case Staffing assistance helping to identify and resolve
problems or obstacles in acquiring effective services.
- Consultation with community providers to assist in care plan
development and the diagnosis and treatment of children.
- Education and training child welfare providers and for
pediatric and mental health community providers regarding Early
Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment services and best
practice guidelines to improve outcomes.
- Collaboration with the Managed Care Organizations and
Behavioral Health Organizations in network development, by
helping to identify and recruit providers and sharing monitoring
information about provider performance.
- Limited direct services to children with complex cases
(psychiatric and psychological evaluations, as well as
psychiatric medication management, and medication gap
- Tertiary care coordination for ordered services and
assistance with appointment coordination and medical record
- Close collaboration with the Department of Children's
Services to assist case workers in their efforts to secure Early
Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment-related Services.
- When the case has multiple concerns and there are complex
diagnostic and mental health and/or medical issues
- When there are conflicting diagnoses among providers
- When a comprehensive review of the child and family history
(behavior, treatment, placement, education, and health) would
assist in determining the child's current needs
- When an evaluation would add information needed for placement
or treatment recommendations
- When there are concerns about medications
Referring to the COE
- DCS staff should follow the DCS/COE referral protocol and
contact the Well-Being Unit psychologist to discuss the issues,
concerns, and problems to determine if a COE referral is
appropriate. Click here for
DCS Referral Guidelines
- All other referral sources should contact the COE directly to
triage the referral prior to submitting the referral form.
- Please click here for the
Referral Form and fax the completed form to
- After the referral is received a COE staff member will
contact the referral source to clarify the specific questions
that need to be answered and to obtain additional
- Click here for the
of information needed for the packet.