New Jersey Integrated Care for Kids (NJ InCK)
NJ 211 Partners to Implement a Closed Loop Referral System
NJ 211 has connected New Jerseyans to life-saving health and human services for almost two decades. Our long history of providing information and referrals for food, housing, utility assistance, and more has addressed the social determinants of health (SDoH) since 2005. Each year individuals in need put their trust in our services, and in 2021 alone, we handled over 1.1 million connections for help.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected seven states for a seven-year project to improve health outcomes for children under 21. The goal of this project is to increase in-home medical and behavioral care, while reducing the number of children that need out-of-home placement for care. This is accomplished through prevention, early identification, and treatment of priority health concerns like behavioral health challenges, physical health needs, and social challenges.
New Jersey Integrated Care for Kids (NJ InCK), is led by Hackensack Meridian Health, along with two co-leads: the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNA) and New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI). NJ 211 was selected to provide our nationally accredited resource database. In addition, through our partner, Open City Labs and their technology, NJ 211 is providing the closed loop referral solution.
We are delighted to contribute our expertise while collaborating with private, nonprofit, and government entities that together can help healthcare providers meet their patients’ medical and social needs as they work towards providing care in the least restrictive environment.