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Children and Family Services

Child Protection Substance Abuse Initiative

Program Requires a Referral Through DCP&P

Program Director: Lawrance O’Brien, LSW, LCADC


At CPSAI, we strive to create a brighter future for families through our connection with DCPP. Our compassionate  team offers comprehensive services that address substance use and how to best treat the parent or caregiver while ensuring the safety of the children in the home. Our peer recovery specialists are part of each team and help guide parents through the transformative journey of recovery, empowering them with knowledge and unwavering support.

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Healing Families

Ensuring a Safe Environment

If a family member or caregiver is involved with substance use, it impacts the whole family or household and puts the children in the home at risk. Child Protection Substance Abuse Initiative focuses on individuals involved with the Department of Children & Families due to allegations of substance use. The primary goal of CPSAI is to ensure child safety by providing a complete comprehensive substance use assessment to determine the appropriate level of care for the parent/guardian involved with the Department of Children and Families.

Client Forms

Get The Help You Need

Make The Call

Call 732-367-4700 x8104 or email laobrien@preferredbehavioral.org

Get A Referral

A completed referral form from DCPP is required for this program.

What Happens Next?

Once the referral and necessary attachments are received, the program will reach out to DCP&P for a case overview, do an intake and begin services.

A Partnership for Change

Expertise in Substance Use Disorders

Preferred Behavioral Health Group, Child Protection Substance Abuse Initiative (CPSAI), in collaboration with the Department of Children & Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, provides families associated with DCP&P with:

Preferred Behavioral Health Group currently operates the CPSAI Program in eleven counties: Bergen, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren, located in 20 DCP&P state offices.

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We're Here To Help

Preferred Behavioral Health Group provides multiple youth and adult services to address emotional, mental, and behavioral health issues. However, some situations require different services. If your child is experiencing life-threatening danger or the immediate risk of harming themselves, you must take them to the nearest emergency room or dial 911 for immediate assistance.