Barriers to Quality Dental Care for I/DD in NJ

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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO QUALITY DENTAL CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES IN NEW JERSEY

 

Addressing Barriers to Quality Dental Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey

The goal of this one-year project is to assess barriers to quality dental care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Recommendations to address those barriers will also be developed.

The needs of people with I/DD and their caregivers will be assessed through one-on-one interviews. A community advisory group will provide guidance. The grantee will work with dental, medical, social services providers as well as consumers, caregivers, and other advocates.

They will partner with Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s Special Needs Patients’ Clinic in Newark, New Jersey, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and other community-based organizations.

The project will result in a comprehensive five-year advocacy plan for New Jersey that identifies how best to improve statewide capacity to deliver dental services for people with I/DD. A searchable database including dental services and providers will also be created.

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