COE for Children in State Custody: Services

Core Functions

  • Case Consultation
  • Evaluation
  • Care Plan Development
  • Training

When Should a Referral Be Made?

  • When the case is complex and there are diagnostic and mental health concerns
  • When there are conflicting diagnoses among providers
  • When a comprehensive review of the child's history (behavior, treatment, placement) would assist in determining the child's current needs
  • When an evaluation or examination would add information needed for placement or treatment recommendations
  • When there is concern about a developmental delay
  • When there is concern about medications

Who Can Make Referrals to the COE?

Referrals are made primarily through the Departments of Children’s Services, although referrals can be initiated through other sources.

If you are a DCS worker and would like to make a COE referral, contact your Regional psychologist. The DCS psychologist will discuss the issues, concerns, and problems to determine if a COE referral is appropriate and will provide a referral form. Once the referral form is received by the COE, a staff member will contact the referrer to clarify the specific questions that need to be answered and to obtain additional information.

On site Case Consultation

On site consultation at each of the regional DCS offices in West Tennessee is available on a monthly basis upon request.


Training for DCS case workers, foster parents, and mental health service providers on various topics related to working with children and families can be requested by contacting Melissa Hoffmann, Ph.D. Project Director, at 901-448-3420 (toll free 1-866-448-3420).

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Contact Us

Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
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Phone: 901-448-3420
Fax: 901-448-3740