Division of Developmental Disabilities Resources


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10-11-2017: Still Time to Register! LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session today, 10/10

This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

Dates/Times:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

REGISTER NOW for Live Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Sessions

10-7-2017: Effective November 1,  Sam Abdallah will be replaced by Doris Windle, Special Assistant to the Commissioner.

Please join me in congratulating Husam “Sam” Abdallah, who will be leaving his position as Acting Assistant Division Director on November 1 and moving on to opportunities in the private sector. Sam, who began his 17 years of state service at Greystone Park Psychiatric Center, currently oversees the Division’s five Developmental Centers and the Olmstead Unit. Under his skilled leadership, center operations have been streamlined; needed facility upgrades have been implemented; and opportunities for residents to participate in their communities have increased. At the same time, Sam has been integral to the successful transition of hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from center-based care to community-based residences.

The Division is deeply grateful for Sam’s dedication and exceptional service. We wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.
Effective November 1, matters previously reported to Sam Abdallah will be handled by Doris Windle, Special Assistant to the Commissioner.

9-27-2017: Still Time To Register! LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session today at 1:00 PM

This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

Dates/Times:

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

REGISTER NOW for Live Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Sessions

09.26.2017:  Moving DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) to New Jersey’s Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver

Effective November 1, 2017, the Division’s 1915(c) Community Care Waiver (CCW) will be incorporated into New Jersey’s larger and more wide-ranging 1115(a) demonstration waiver, known as the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver.  As required by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Division will mail letters to all individuals currently enrolled on the CCW to make them aware of the change. There is nothing that individuals, families, support coordinators or service providers need to do. This is an administrative adjustment only and will not impact services.

The Division has developed FAQs: Moving DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) to New Jersey’s Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver to help stakeholders better understand this change. In addition, there will be an opportunity to hear more about this change and ask questions at the Division’s Quarterly Update Meetings for Families and Providers, which are scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

09.19.2017: PPL Presentation to Families within DDD’s SDE System, Presented at the Statewide Family Support Meeting on Sept. 16

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Statewide Family Support Planning Council meeting in Hamilton, DDD’s Fiscal Intermediary for Self-Directed Services, Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL) gave a presentation to address challenges families have experienced in program enrollment and self-directed employee payments.  The intent of the presentation was to mitigate any obstacles families are experiencing.

Below is a link for the full presentation.
PPL Presentation to Families – 9.16.2017

 

09.18.2017: DDD’s Quarterly Update Meetings for Individuals, Families and Providers

The Division’s Quarterly Update meetings for individuals/families and providers have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Division’s Administrative Office in Hamilton: Providers from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and Individuals and Families from 5: 00 PM – 7:00 PM .

Due to limited seating capacity, pre-registration is mandatory and provider attendance is limited to one representative per agency. To register, please send an email to Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us and include the following:

 

  • Which meeting you are requesting to attend (Providers or Individuals/Families).
  • The name and email address of the person requesting to attend (and agency name, if applicable).

Only confirmed attendees may attend, and all confirmed attendees will receive an email confirmation.

 

2018 Graduates Timeline Now Available

The Division is pleased to release the 2018 Timeline for Graduates Aging Out of the School System.

 

Please note that all new graduates born after January 1, 1997 must go through the full intake process – including completion and submission of the DDD Intake Application and supporting documentation – to ensure eligibility.

 

 

REMINDER! Next LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session is Tuesday, 9/26

This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

 

Dates/Times:

  • Tuesday, September 26, 20171:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 10, 20171:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 24, 20171:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 5, 20171:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

REGISTER NOW for Live Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Sessions

 

09.14.2017 Defer the transfer of dually enrolled in both the SDE and PPP to the new Fiscal Intermediary, Public Partnerships for 90 days.

Hello Division Constituents and Community Partners,

On June 7, the Division announced it would defer the transfer of individuals dually enrolled in both the DDD Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Option and the DDS Personal Preference Program (PPP) to the new Fiscal Intermediary, Public Partnerships for 90 days. At that time, the deadline for completion of Public Partnerships enrollment for dual enrollees’ DDD Employer of Record and Self-Directed Employee/s (SDE) was extended from July 1 to October 1.

This extension was granted to allow time for the Department of Human Services to research an unique issue that had emerged for many PPP/DDD SDE Option dual enrollees with regard to obtaining a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). Because that research is still ongoing and a final determination regarding the EIN issue has not been made, the Division is extending the enrollment deadline for PPP/DDD SDE Option dual enrollees an additional 90 days, with a revised deadline of February 1, 2018.

At this time, all PPP/DDD SDE Option dual enrollees should continue to submit SDE timesheets to Easterseals NJ, including individuals/families that notified the Division of their preference to opt out of the 90-day extension. The Division expects to begin transferring individuals who requested to opt out of the 90-day extension in the coming weeks. Participants who have been identified to transfer will receive a Public Partnerships Welcome Packet for each SDE they employ, which will include SDE timesheets.

If you are unsure whether you requested to opt out of the 90-day extension; or, if you did not opt out previously but would like to do so now, please contact the Division’s Fee-for-Service Help Desk: DDD.FeeForService@dhs.state.nj.us.

 

09.12.2017 On behalf of Elizabeth Connolly, Acting Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services

Dear Stakeholder:

This is a tough email to write. Liz Shea is leaving DDD to practice law. Liz has been with DDD since 2011, when she served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner and then became Assistant Commissioner in 2013.

Liz was an integral part of several DDD initiatives and system reforms, including: fulfilling the Olmstead settlement agreement, closing two developmental centers, advancing community based placement and services for consumers, launching the Supports Program, moving providers into a Medicaid fee-for-service payment system and integrating the Community Care Waiver into the state’s Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver.

These are incredible accomplishments that will continue to benefit New Jersey residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities for years to come.

Upon her departure on October 1, 2017, Jonathan Seifried will serve as Acting Assistant Commissioner. Please join me in wishing Liz continued professional success.

Elizabeth Connolly
Acting Commissioner

09.11.2017 DDD’s Quarterly Update Meetings for Individuals, Families and Providers

The Division’s Quarterly Update meetings for individuals/families and providers have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Division’s Administrative Office in Hamilton: Providers from 2: 00 PM – 4:00 PM, and Individuals and Families from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. (Provider attendance is limited to one representative per agency.)

Email registration opens Monday, September 18, 2017 and is on a first come, first served basis.  Registration details will be available on the Division’s News and Announcements page and distributed via Division Update later this week.

REMINDER! Next LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Session is Tuesday, 9/12

This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

Dates/Times:

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

REGISTER NOW for Live Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Sessions

NEW: FAQs for Individuals/Families on the Shift of Housing Payments from Contract to the SHC

The Division’s Housing Unit has developed an FAQs document to assist individuals living in a Division-funded residential setting and their families to understand the shift of housing payments from contract to the Supportive Housing Connection:  Guidance for Individuals Who Currently Live in a DDD‐Funded Residential Setting: Understanding the Shift of Housing Payments from DDD Contracts to the Supportive Housing Connection.

08.31.2017 NEW! LIVE Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Sessions

This regularly scheduled session provides an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions, share issues, and get the latest news related to the Division of Developmental Disabilities shift to Fee-for-Service.

Stakeholders are invited/welcome to register for any or all of the available sessions.

Dates/Times:

Friday, September 1, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

REGISTER NOW for Live Fee-for-Service Q&A Webinar Sessions

08.29.2017 Comment Period for Proposed Readoption with Amendments Announced

The Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:46B, Placement, was published in the New Jersey Register on August 21, 2017 and is available on the Department of Human Services’ Proposed Rules and Amendments web page. There is a sixty-day public comment period, which ends October 20, 2017. Written comments may be submitted as follows:

Electronically: DDD-CO.LAPO@dhs.state.nj.us
USPS Mail: Carol Jones, Administrative Practice Officer, Division of Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726
Fax: 609.631.2214

 

08.17.2017 Announcements

PPL Customer Service Information and Escalation Process

Public Partnerships, LLC and MyChoice New Jersey have released important information regarding The Division of Disability Services’ Personal Preference Program (PPP),  Division of Developmental Disabilities’ Community Care Waiver (CCW) and Supports Program, Division of Aging Services’ Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) and Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services.

NJ All Programs Customer Service Information and Escalation Process 8-17-17


Staff Change at the Division

Please be advised that Assistant Division Director Christine James is leaving state service for work in the private sector, effective August 18, 2017. Chris’s longstanding roots in and passion for the developmental disabilities field made her an ideal candidate to come on board in 2013 to oversee the Division’s quality improvement and system reform efforts. Her commitment to person-centered service delivery has helped re-shape Division operations from the ground up, and her knowledge, skill and expertise have been integral to moving us toward a fully implemented fee-for-service system.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Christine for the exemplary service she has provided to this Division and to the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve.

The following staff changes will go into effect beginning August 18, 2017:

  • All Case Management functions, as well as the Family Support Unit, will report to Mariana Pietrunti.
  • The Support Coordination Unit and the Provider Performance and Monitoring Unit will report to Jennifer Joyce.
  • All Quality Improvement and Risk Management functions will report to Heather Ciociola

Changes to Contribution to Care in Residential Settings

In the current contract-based service model, an individual living in a Division-funded residential setting such as a group home or supervised apartment (or his/her representative payee) is required to pay the State of New Jersey a Contribution to Care amount equal to 75% of the individual’s monthly income (supplemental security income, employment wages, etc.).

While individuals will continue to be required to contribute toward their housing-related costs in the fee-for-service system, the amount and process of remitting this contribution will change.

In the fee-for-service system, an individual living in a Division-funded residential setting will be required to pay 30% of his/her monthly income to the residential service provider toward the cost of rent. That amount will be supplemented by a Division-funded housing voucher administered through the Supportive Housing Connection (SHC), which will cover the remaining cost of rent.

As individuals living in a Division-funded residential setting are identified to shift into fee-for-service, they/their guardian will receive a letter in the mail indicating the date their rental payment to the residential service provider will begin. At the time an individual begins paying the residential provider directly toward the cost of rent, he/she may cease making the current Contribution to Care payments. Please note that any past due payments that have accrued will still be expected to be paid to the State.

It’s important to note that residential service providers also may assess an additional monthly fee or percentage of an individual’s monthly income to be paid toward other related, non-covered living expenses, such as food, utilities, etc. This extra fee/contribution will vary by provider. Any questions related to this charge should be directed toward the individual’s residential service provider.

For additional resources regarding housing-related changes in the fee-for-service system, please visit the Division’s Community Living Options web page.

07.31.17 URGENT Fee-for-Service Update for All Providers

07.17.17 Comment Period Opens for Proposed Readoption w/Amendments

The Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:41, Records Confidentiality and Access to Client, Division, and Provider Records, was published in the New Jersey Register on July 17, 2017 and will be available on the Department of Human Services’ Proposed Rules and Amendments web page. There is a sixty-day public comment period, which ends September 15, 2017. Written comments may be submitted as follows:

Electronically: DDD-CO.LAPO@dhs.state.nj.us
USPS Mail: Carol Jones, Administrative Practice Officer, Division of Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726
Fax: 609.631.2214

 

06.27.17 Update Regarding Transition to New FI

All individuals currently enrolled in the DDD Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Optionincluding those who are dually enrolled in both PPP and the DDD SDE Option and have requested to opt-out of the 90-day extension – should continue to submit timesheets to Easter Seals until they are notified by Public Partnerships and have received the Public Partnerships Welcome Packet with SDE Timesheets. All SDE Option participants who will transition effective July 1 have been notified by Public Partnerships. 

If you participate in the DDD Self-Directed Employee Option – alone or dually with PPP – and you have not been notified and received SDE timesheets, then you are not transitioning effective July 1. You will transition when you are notified by Public Partnerships.
Please see the June 27 Division Update for additional information.

 

06.27.17  Modified Public Partnerships Enrollment Process for Individuals/Families Participating in the Self-Directed Employee Option

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is aware of the issues that individuals/families who participate in the
Division’s Self-Directed Employee Option and their employees have encountered when attempting to enroll with the
new Fiscal Intermediary, Public Partnerships.

To ensure that these issues do not cause a disruption in services, Public Partnerships has modified the enrollment
process for Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Option participants and their employees.

Read More

 

06.23.17 New Housing Development Policy, Effective July 1

Effective July 1, the Division’s new Housing Development Policy rescinds the Division’s April 1, 2016 development policy memo.

 

06.22.17 Quarterly Division Update Meeting Slides Available

The Division held Quarterly Update Meetings for Families and Providers on June 20, 2017. The presentation slides are available below:

Quarterly Division Update Meeting for Providers

Quarterly Division Update Meeting for Families

 

06.09.17 Deadline to Complete Mandatory NJ CAT

With the approval of its Community Care Waiver (CCW) renewal in March, the Division is now moving toward full implementation of the Medicaid-based fee-for-service system, under which completion of the New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT) is required for individuals receiving Division-funded services in the new system. 

To prevent discontinuation of Division-funded services, the NJ CAT must be completed by July 31, 2017.

For information about the NJ CAT and instructions about requesting to complete the NJ CAT, please go to our NJ CAT Resource page. Questions can be directed to DDD’s Fee-for-Service Help Desk: DDD.FeeForService@dhs.state.nj.us.

 

06.07.17 Mandatory Deadlines for Enrollment with New FI

Deadline for Self-Directing Participants

To prevent a disruption in services, individuals/families participating in DDD’s Self-Directed Employee Service Option must enroll with the new Fiscal Intermediary (FI), Public Partnerships, by June 23, 2017. The following notifications are being distributed this week:

Urgent Notice to Individuals/Families Currently Participating in DDD Self-Directed Employee Option

Urgent Notice to Individuals/Families Dually Enrolled in PPP and DDD Self-Directed Employee Option

Please note a 90-day extension for enrollment with Public Partnerships has been granted only for participants dually enrolled with PPP and DDD who wish to delay their enrollment until a review of the EIN issue has been completed and a final determination made.

Deadline for Qualified Providers

To prevent a disruption in payment for DDD-funded services, qualified providers must enroll with the new Fiscal Intermediary, Public Partnerships, by June 15, 2017.

In addition, those qualfied providers who wish to offer/provide Medicaid reimbursable services in the new fee-for-service system must complete the Combined Application to Become a Medicaid/DDD Approved Provider by July 1, 2017.

Notice to Qualified Providers

06.02.17 Last Call for Individuals/Families to Participate in NCI Survey Project

In February, the Division announced we would be participating in the National Core Indicators (NCI) survey project, a national project whose purpose is to develop standard performance measures for state systems that provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.

An initial invitation was sent to families in May and a reminder was sent in early June. If you have already completed one of the voluntary, anonymous NCI surveys, thank you. If not, please note that paper versions of the survey should be mailed by June 16, 2017, and online surveys should be completed by June 30, 2017.

If there are any questions about the NCI survey project, please contact us at DDD.NCI@dhs.state.nj.us or 609.631.4626.
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June 8, 2017

Dear Division Constituents and Community Partners,

With the March 30 approval of its Community Care Waiver renewal, the Division is now moving toward full implementation of the Medicaid-based fee-for-service system, under which completion of the New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT) is required for individuals receiving Division-funded services in the new system.

Since 2015, the Division has sent multiple notifications regarding mandatory completion of the NJ CAT to individuals who receive or are eligible to receive Division-funded services. This week, a FINAL NOTIFICATION letter will be sent to individuals currently receiving Division-funded services and residing in their own home or with family who have not yet completed the NJ CAT.

To prevent discontinuation of Division-funded services, the NJ CAT must be completed by July 31, 2017.

Please see instructions below for submitting a request to complete the NJ CAT. And please share this communication as widely as possible to ensure that individuals and families are aware of this important deadline.

June 5 2017: Final Call to Participate in the NCI Survey Project

New Jersey’s service system for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, age 21 and older, has undergone and is continuing to move forward with a number of significant reforms. At the heart of these reforms is a strengthened commitment to ensuring the delivery of high quality services in the community that support and reflect individual choice.

As national best practices demonstrate, ensuring quality services is a process that begins with the measurement of key performance indicators. The National Core Indicators (NCI) is a national project whose purpose is to develop standard performance measures for state systems that provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities is excited to participate in the NCI project through utilization of three of NCI’s voluntary surveys. The Adult Consumer Survey is a face-to-face conversation between individuals receiving services and trained interviewers. The Adult Family Survey and Family/Guardian Survey, both of which are anonymous, are completed online (or via a paper version if necessary).

Reminders to complete the survey, along with a National Core Indicators Overview, were mailed to family members/guardians in late May. If you have already completed the survey there is no need to complete it again.  Online responses to the survey should be completed by June 30, 2017. Paper versions of the survey should be mailed to the Division by June 16, 2015.  Division staff are continuing to call randomly selected individuals to request their voluntary participation in a face-to-face interview.

If you are an individual who receives Division-funded services:

>You may receive a phone call in the coming weeks from a DDD staff person asking if you would be willing to participate in a face-to-face conversation about your experiences with the Division.
>It is your choice whether or not you would like to participate. If you choose to participate, we will schedule a time and place to meet that is convenient for you.
>Your responses will be confidential.
>Staff at DDD is very interested in hearing about your experiences with the Division.

If you are a family member/guardian of an individual who receives Division-funded services:

>You may receive a letter in the mail indicating you have been selected to participate in one of the NCI family surveys. THE MAILING WILL BE RECOGNIZABLE AS IT WILL BE PRINTED ON BRIGHT YELLOW PAPER, which will show through the window in the envelope.
>There will be a web address (URL) through which you will access the survey. This web address will be unique to you and cannot be shared. There will also be contact information if you prefer to request a paper copy.
>It is your choice whether or not you would like to participate, but please know that staff at DDD is very interested in hearing about your experiences with the Division.

If you are a Support Coordinator, Service Provider, Division staff, or other community partner, your assistance is needed to:

>REMIND the individuals and families in your networks to expect a mailing on bright yellow paper with a link to one of the two surveys, and possibly a phone call to schedule an interview.
>EDUCATE the individuals and families in your networks about the importance of the survey.
>ENCOURAGE the individuals and families in your networks to participate in the survey!

>Service providers and community partners should be aware that you may see individuals being interviewed by DDD staff at your locations.
> The success of this survey project, and of any quality improvement strategies that may emerge as a result, is directly proportional to our ability to elicit thoughtful, honest participation by individuals nd their families.
>Your participation, assistance, and support are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to improve Division-funded services for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities in New Jersey.
If you have questions or concerns about the surveys, please contact us by email at DDD.NCI@dhs.state.nj.us or by phone at 609.631.4626.

 

Updates for Individuals/Families Participating in DDD’s Self-Directed Employee Option

Morris County In-Person Enrollment Session Added by Public Partnerships for DDD Self-Directing Participants

Please note that the Division’s new fiscal intermediary, Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL) has announced it will be adding an in-person enrollment session for individuals, families and Self-Directed Employees in the Morris County area:

Friday, June 2, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Morristown, NJ
Details and registration links for all upcoming PPL events for DDD individuals, families and Self-Directed Employees will be available on Public Partnerships’ DDD Trainings web page.

REMINDER: Public Partnerships Sessions for the Upcoming Week: Saturday, May 27 – Friday, June 2

Saturday, May 27, 2017

In-Person Enrollment

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Holiday Inn Princeton

100 Independence Way

Princeton, NJ 08540

REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In-Person Enrollment

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Hampton Inn & Suites Vineland

2134 West Landis Ave.

Vineland, NJ 08360

REGISTER NOW

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Orientation & Training

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Saddle Brook Marriot

138 New Pehle Ave.

Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

REGISTER NOW

Thursday, June 1, 2017

In-Person Enrollment

1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saddle Brook Marriot

138 New Pehle Ave.

Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

REGISTER NOW

NEW! Friday, June 2, 2017

In-Person Enrollment

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Morristown

3 Speedwell Ave.

Morristown, NJ  07960

Registration available soon


Online/Phone Enrollment with Public Partnerships

 Please note that the DDD self-directing participant must enroll as the employer of record before his/her Self-Directed Employee(s) can enroll.

1) First, call Public Partnerships Customer Service to get unique Participant ID #: 844.842.5891
2) For online enrollment: Go to pplenroll.com to register for access to the Online Enrollment System
3) For phone enrollment: Call Public Partnerships at 877.908.1752

There is a separate enrollment process for PPP participants. For information, please contact the PPP Customer Service Team or visit Public Partnerships’ DDS web page.

05.19.17 NEW WEBINAR: How DDD Services Can Support a Meaningful Life

 

How upport an Individual with I/DD’s Best and Most Meaningful Life
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Presenter(s): DDD Supports Program and Employment Services Unit

For more information and to register, please visit DDD Webinars.

 

05.15.17 NEW WEBINAR: Q&A on Transition to New Fiscal Intermediary

Q&A for DDD Self-Directing Individuals/Families Transitioning to the New Fiscal Intermediary

Date: Tuesday, May 30
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Presenter(s): Christine James, MSW, LSW, Assistant Division Director]

For more information and to register, please visit DDD Webinars.

 

05.15.17 Proposed Readoption with Amendments: Comment Period Announced

 

Electronically: DDD-CO.LAPO@dhs.state.nj.us

USPS Mail: Carol Jones, Administrative Practice Officer, Division of Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

Fax: 609.631.2214The Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:41A, Human Rights Committees, was published in the New Jersey Register on May 15, 2017 and is available on the Department of Human Services’ Proposed Rules and Amendments web page. There is a sixty-day public comment period, which ends Friday, July 14, 2017. Written comments may be submitted as follows:

 

Comment Period for Proposed Readoption with Amendments Announced

The Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:41A, Human Rights Committees, was published in the New Jersey Register on May 15, 2017 and will be available on the Department of Human Services’ Proposed Rules and Amendments web page. There is a sixty-day public comment period, which ends Friday, July 14, 2017. Written comments may be submitted electronically, or by mail or facsimile, as follows:

Electronically: DDD-CO.LAPO@dhs.state.nj.us

USPS Mail: Carol Jones, Administrative Practice Officer, Division of Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

Fax: 609.631.2214

 

05.10.17 New Webinar: PPP/DDD Dual Enrollment for Self-Directing Individuals/Families

PPP/DDD Dual Enrollment for Self-Directing Individuals/Families Under the New Fiscal Intermediary
Wednesday, May 17: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Presenters: Christine James, MSW, LSW, Assistant Division Director, DDD
Joseph Amoroso, Director, DD

REGISTER NOW for PPP/DDD Dual Enrollment Under the New Fiscal Intermediary

 

Division Update 05.09.17

Updates for PPP/DDD Dually Enrolled Individuals/Families

Clarification on Hiring a Parent/Guardian as a Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Under the New Fiscal Intermediary

Updates for Individuals/Families Participating in DDD’s Self-Directed Employee Option

Updates for DDD Qualified and Community Providers on the Transition to a New Fiscal Intermediary

Updates for PPP/DDD Dually Enrolled Individuals/Families PPP/DDD dual enrollment fact sheet published

To address some of the questions and concerns that have been expressed by individuals and families, Public Partnerships has developed a new fact sheet, Information for Individuals Dually Enrolled in PPP and DDD.

PPP/DDD dual enrollment webinar scheduled

PPP/DDD Dual Enrollment Under the New Fiscal Intermediary

Wednesday, May 17: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Presenters: Christine James, MSW, LSW, Assistant Division Director, DDD; Joseph Amoroso, Director, DDS

REGISTER NOW for PPP/DDD Dual Enrollment Under the New Fiscal Intermediary

For questions about the transition, please refer to the appropriate Public Partnerships Customer Service Team:

DDD: PPP:
njddd-cs@pcgus.com

Main: 844.842.5891

Spanish: 844.842.5892

Support Coordinators: 844.842.5893

cs-njppp@pcgus.com

Main: 844.880.8702

Spanish: 844.880.8703

Clarification on Hiring a Parent/Guardian as a Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Under the New Fiscal Intermediary

DDD: Individuals participating in the DDD Self-Directed Employee option had not been able to employ a parent, guardian or spouse to provide DDD services under the old fiscal intermediary (Easter Seals) and will not be able to employ a parent, guardian or spouse to provide DDD services under Public Partnerships.

PPP: Individuals participating in the DDS Personal Preference Program (PPP) had been able to employ a parent or guardian to provide PPP services under the old fiscal intermediary, and will continue to be able to employ a parent or guardian to provide PPP services under Public Partnerships.

Updates for Individuals/Families Participating in DDD’s Self-Directed Employee Option

Orientation and Training session and In-Person Enrollment session added in Bergen County

Public Partnerships has added an Orientation and Training session and an In-Person Enrollment session in Bergen County for individuals, families and employees participating in DDD’s Self-Directed Employee option:

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Saddle Brook Marriott
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Orientation and Training
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM In-Person Enrollment
Details and registration links for these Public Partnerships sessions will be available on Public Partnership’s DDD Trainings page. 

Online or phone enrollment for individuals/families participating in DDD’s Self-Directed Employee option

To enroll with Public Partnerships as the employer of record, DDD individuals/families will need a PPL ID # (this is different from the DDD ID #). Call 844.842.5891 to get the PPL ID #, then:

For online enrollment, go to pplenroll.com and register for access to the Online Enrollment System

For enrollment over the phone, call 877.908.175

There is a separate enrollment process for PPP participants. For information, please contact the PPP Customer Service Team (below) or visit Public Partnerships’ DDS web page.

Upcoming Webinar

Q&A for DDD Self-Directing Individuals, Families and Self-Directed Employees Transitioning to the New Fiscal Intermediary

May date to be determined – more information to come

Updates for DDD Qualified and Community Providers on the Transition to a New Fiscal Intermediary

Qualified Providers: Public Partnerships will send  an email to Qualified Providers in early May that will include enrollment instructions, an IRS Form W-9, and a Payment Method Form. (Qualified Providers are agencies registered on DDD’s eRecord/iRecord.)

Community Providers: Public Partnerships will mail a letter to Community Providers in early May – from a list furnished by Easter Seals NJ – that will include enrollment instructions, an IRS Form W-9, and a Payment Method Form. (Community Providers are agencies not registered on DDD’s eRecord/iRecord.)

If you are a DDD Qualified or Community Provider and do not receive a communication from Public Partnerships by Friday, May 12, please contact the Public Partnerships’ DDD Customer Service Team at 844.842.5891 or njddd-cs@pcgus.com.

Please note: Public Partnerships will not process future provider/vendor payment vouchers without a W-9 on file. The provider/vendor payment voucher template will be available on the Public Partnerships website.

 

04.26.17 Divison Update-CORRECTION

Please note the following correction with regard to enrollment options for individuals (or their authorized representative) and Self-Directed Employees (SDEs) who participate in DDD’s Self-Directed Employee service model and are transitioning from Easter Seals to Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL).

Individuals (or their authorized representative) and Self-Directed Employees can enroll with PPL in any of the following ways:

. Online
. Over the phone
. In person, by registering for and attending one of the in-person enrollment sessions that PPL is holding

Details and registration links for all upcoming PPL trainings and enrollment sessions are available on PPL’s DDD Trainings web page.

Please accept our apologies, as our previous communications erroneously stated that Self-Directed Employees could only enroll online.

Questions regarding enrollment with PPL can be directed to the PPL Customer Service Team for New Jersey:

Email: njddd-cs@pcgus.com  | Phone (English): 844.842.5891 | Phone (Spanish): 844.842.5892
Phone (for Support Coordinators): 844.842.5893

Thank you.
Division Communications New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities

04.25.17

Please note that the Division’s new fiscal intermediary, Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL) has added an in-person Orientation and Training session for individuals, families and Self-Directed Employees in the Monmouth/Ocean County area:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Tinton Falls, NJ

PPL has also added in-person enrollment sessions in June for individuals/families. (There is no in-person enrollment option for Self-Directed Employees – they must enroll online.)

Details and registration links for all upcoming PPL events for individuals, families and Self-Directed Employees are available at  www.publicpartnerships.com/news/pnews/post/nj-division-of-developmental-disabilities-key-training-session-dates.

04.13.17 DDD Releases Revised Supports Program Policy Manual

The Division is pleased to release the revised Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual, v.4. This version supersedes all other versions and is in effect immediately.
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04.12.17 Camp Funding Information for 2017

We are pleased to release the 2017 Camp Funding Assistance guide. Please note that individuals enrolled in the Supports Program and individuals enrolled on the Community Care Waiver (CCW) who have transitioned into fee-for-service will access camp via their fee-for-service budget.
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04.12.17 New FAQs: Fee-for-Service and Contribution to Care

The Division is pleased to release a new frequently asked questions (FAQs) document: Fee-for-Service and Contribution to Care.
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04.10.17 DDD Releases Community Care Waiver Policy Manual

The Division is pleased to release the Community Care Waiver (CCW) Policies and Procedures Manual, v.1.

Please note that while it is being released in draft form to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback, the CCW policies and procedures will be in effect immediately for the small pilot cohort of CCW program participants shifting into fee-for-service this spring. Comments and feedback regarding the CCW policy manual can be directed to DDD.CCWHelpdesk@dhs.state.nj.us.
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04.01.17 Let’s Get to Work! Event for Individuals/Families Announced

April marks five years since Gov. Christie proclaimed New Jersey an Employment First state. In celebration of that important milestone, we are excited to announce a Let’s Get to Work event on Wednesday April 26, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM at DDD’s central office, 5 Commerce Way, Hamilton, NJ 08691. This event is an opportunity for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families to sign up for a one-on-one guidance session to assist them with their employment goals.

Please see Let’s Get to Work for additional details and registration information.
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03.31.17 Community Care Waiver (CCW) Renewal Approved

As announced today by the NJ Department of Human Services, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Division’s Community Care Waiver renewal. This approval, which we have been working toward since 2013, means that we can now move forward with full implementation of the Division’s transition to a fee-for-service system.
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03.22.17 Quarterly Meeting Presentations Available

The Quarterly Division Update Meeting for Families and Providers held on March 21 and included an overview presentation from the Division’s new fiscal intermediary, Public Partbnerships, LLC (PPL). Please see below for links to the meeting presentations:

Quarterly Division Update for Families

Quarterly Division Update for Providers

The next Quarterly Update Meeting for Families and Providers is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
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03.09.17 March 21 Quarterly Update Meetings for Families and Providers

Registration is required and opens Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

Quarterly Meeting for PROVIDERS
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Quarterly Meeting for FAMILIES
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Beginning Monday 3/13/17 at 9:00 AM, email your request to attend to Diane Flynn and include:

Name, Email, Phone Number of Person Requesting to Attend

Which meeting: Providers or Families

Provider Affiliation (only if attending Providers meeting)

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is first come, first served | PROVIDER ATTENDANCE is limited to one representative per agency | Confirmed attendees will receive a confirmation email.

The next Quarterly Update Meeting for Families and Providers is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
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02.21.17 60-Day Public Comment Period Open: Proposed Readoption with Amendments

The Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:42A, Life-Threatening Emergencies, was published in the New Jersey Register on February 21, 2017. There is a sixty-day public comment period, which ends Friday, April 21, 2017. Written comments may be submitted electronically, or by mail or facsimile, as follows:

Electronically: DDD-CO.LAPO@dhs.state.nj.us

USPS Mail: Carol Jones, Administrative Practice Officer, Division of Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

Fax: 631.2214

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02.02.17 Update and FAQs Regarding Transition to a New Fiscal Intermediary

Assistant Commissioner Liz Shea today distributed a Division Update regarding DDD’s transition from Easter Seals to Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL) as its fiscal management service provider (‘fiscal intermediary’). This transition will also involve a a change from an Agency with Choice (AwC) service delivery moeld to a Fiscal/Employer Agent (F/EA) model. Please read the Division Update and What the New Fiscal Intermediary Means for Individuals/Families: FAQs for details and guidance around this transition.
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01.24.17 NEW! Family Guide to the Supports Program Policy Manual

In collaboration with the NJ Regional Family Support Planning Councils, the Division has developed a resource for families. The Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual: A Quick Guide for Families can assist families in gaining a basic understanding of the Supports Program and its service benefits.
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01.13.17 DDD Finalizes Housing Assistance Policy

The Division has finalized a Housing Assistance Policy, which explains the rules governing Supportive Housing Connection vouchers, as well as the procedures for applying. The Supportive Housing Connection, a partnership between the NJ Department of Human Services (DHS) and the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA), was created specifically to administer DHS rental subsidies to individuals served by the department, through the Division of Developmental Disabilities.Along with the Housing Assistance Policy, we also have developed the following helpful documents:

DDD Housing Assistance: Frequently Asked Questions

Residential Providers and Housing Costs: Frequently Asked Questions

How to Find Housing: A Guide for Individuals Who Have Been Approved for a Supportive Housing Connection (SHC) Housing Voucher

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