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Newborn Screening and Genetic Services

New Jersey law requires that every baby born in New Jersey be screened for many disorders that can cause serious health problems. These disorders may not be apparent at birth, but if left undetected and not treated early in life, can lead to problems that include poor growth or mental development, disability, or even death. 

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New Jersey Birth Defects Registry

The New Jersey Birth Defects Registry (also known as the Special Child Health Services (SCHS) Registry) is a confidential record of infants and children who have birth defects and special health care needs or who are at-risk for developing such needs.  Available services and resources can be found on this site.

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Early Childhood Intervention

The New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS) implements New Jersey's statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families.

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The Autism Registry links families to special child health case management services as well as statewide resources for children with special health care needs and their families.  

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Special Needs

The Family Centered Care Services (FCCS) program promotes access to care through early identification, referral to community-based, culturally competent services, and follow-up for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) from birth to 21 years of age. 

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Last Reviewed: 4/7/2017

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