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Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

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Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

2019

April 18, 2019

2019 Camp Funding Information Available

The Division’s Camp Funding Assistance 2019 guide is now available.

Individuals planning to attend camp in 2019 who are enrolled in the Supports Program or Community Care Program under Fee-for-Service (FFS) will utilize their FFS budget and will select a Medicaid/DDD approved provider of either Respite-Day Camp Only or respite-Overnight Camp.

Eligible individuals who have been unable to transition into fee-for-service may be able to receive camp funding assistance from DDD’s Family Support Unit. Requests must be submitted to the individual’s case manager or support coordinator, and will be reviewed by DDD on a case-by-case basis.

April 8, 2019

The January-March 2019 edition of the NJ Human Services In the Community newsletter is here:

DHS-In the Community Newsletter

March 29, 2019

Hello Division Constituents and Community Partners,

We are pleased to release the revised Supports Program Policies & Procedures Manual and Community Care Program Policies & Procedures Manual. Please note these March 2019 versions are in effect immediately and supersede all previous versions. A high-level summary of the changes to previous versions is found on page 2 of the manuals.

Thank you.
Jon Seifried, Assistant Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities

March 8, 2019

Governor Boosts Care for Co-Occurring Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Conditions

Hello Division Constituents and Community Partners,
I am happy to forward an important press release about the Murphy administration’s commitment to the safety and well-being of New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities, as reflected in the Governor’s proposed funding increases for FY2020. The full press release is available below and on the Department of Human Services website and I encourage you to read and share it with others.

Thank you.
Jonathan Seifried, Assistant Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities

(TRENTON) – Governor Phil Murphy has announced $22.5 million in proposed new investments to care for individuals with developmental disabilities, including new funding for individuals diagnosed with both developmental disabilities and mental health conditions.

“Our budget will provide critical resources to allow individuals with both developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to thrive in their communities,” Governor Murphy said during his Tuesday Budget Address.

“The Murphy Administration is committed to improved programs and services for individuals dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental health concerns,” said Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “These individuals represent a particularly vulnerable population and require comprehensive coordinated treatment and support to help them live as independently as possible in the community. New innovations are crucial and with this initiative we’re increasing our capacity to care for these individuals and give them the services they need.”

The new funding for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions would include $7 million proposed in Governor Murphy’s budget for next fiscal year. This funding would help garner $2.5 million in matching federal funds, for a total of $9.5 million.

The money would be used to:

  • Double capacity of the Division of Developmental Disabilities community-based emergency beds by adding 20 new beds across the state, which can reduce the need for hospitalizations and get people in crisis home sooner;
  • Develop a Medicaid Behavioral Health Home pilot program that would invest in building the capacity of health care providers to serve individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health issues; and
  • Conduct a statewide review of in-patient stabilization services and funding mechanisms.

The Governor’s budget plan also calls for an additional $15.5 million in state funding to continue New Jersey’s emphasis on home and community-based services.

“Taken as a whole, these improvements represent an expansive effort to ensure the best possible care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Human Services Deputy Commissioner Sarah Adelman. “The Murphy Administration is strongly committed to supporting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers”

“Those with both developmental and intellectual disabilities often require specialized care that addresses their unique needs,” said Senator Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex), chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “This is a public health issue that deserves more attention and additional support. These funds will be put to good use to help those with dual diagnoses meet the challenges they face and help their families to provide the care they need.  They should not be neglected as we work to treat mental illness in all its forms.”

“Expanding access to high quality care for individuals with mental health conditions and developmental disabilities will immeasurably improve the quality of life for them and their families,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth), chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. “These improvements will dedicate much-needed resources to the comprehensive programs and treatment these individuals need to meet the unique obstacles that come with these conditions. I fully support all efforts to extend a helping hand to these New Jersey residents and their loved ones.”

The budget plans were welcomed by parents and advocates.

“During my 20 year journey as a parent, advocate and healthcare provider, I have come to realize that there is no silver bullet that will fix the system. Instead, developing innovative, targeted programs like what the Murphy administration is proposing is what is needed,” said Stephanie Pratico, a Hamilton mother of two young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who was a guest of First Lady Tammy Murphy at Tuesday’s Budget Address by the governor. She is also Program Manager for the NJ Transition to Adult Comprehensive Care Program – a program for intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults – at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  “Sadly, innovation, healthcare and government are rarely used in the same sentence in a positive light.  However, if we are to improve the quality of care for this vulnerable population, whose needs are complex, the private sector must partner with government to break the tired cookie-cutter molds that have languished in healthcare for too long. Embracing a model where new ideas are encouraged, tested and refined will accelerate the creation of new methods of delivering efficient, quality care that is tailored to the developmental disability population.”

“The Arc of New Jersey is grateful to the Governor for putting needed resources into the service delivery system that enables thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live integrated lives in the community,” said Thomas Baffuto, executive director of The Arc of New Jersey. “Specifically, we applaud the addition of new funding to address the needs to those with I/DD and mental health needs. This segment of the population often requires specialized services and attention, and this new funding will help provide the critical supports in response to the unique challenges facing individuals with dual diagnosis and their families.”

“The innovation of a Medicaid Behavioral Health Home pilot program for people living with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health disorders and the continued emphasis on home and community-based services demonstrates Governor Murphy’s compassionate and innovative  investment in building New Jersey’s capacity to support and include individuals with disabilities and their families in our communities,” said Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and chairwoman of New Jersey’s Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC).

January 3, 2019

LEGAL NOTICE

STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  DIVISION OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND HEALTH SERVICES

Autism Benefit

TAKE NOTICE the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) in conjunction with Department of Children and Families, Children’s System of Care (DCF/CSOC)  intends to seek approval from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), for an amendment to the New Jersey Medicaid (Title XIX) State Plan to include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) related services for EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment) eligible individuals.  Individuals with Autism will have access to a multidisciplinary array of services that are individually planned and coordinated.  Services are identified in a plan of care that is inclusive of parent/caregiver and youth choice, and best practice decisions between formal and informal supports/services and families that yield sustainable growth for the youth and family across life domains.

Subject to approval by CMS, a multidisciplinary array of services for youth with ASD, to prevent and manage complications, and ultimately to maximize beneficiary quality of life may be provided by approved New Jersey Medicaid in home providers, out of home providers, clinic, physician or other qualified professional healthcare providers.

The estimated total costs for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2019 and 2020 are projected to be $25.5M ($12.25M state share), and $34M ($17M state share) respectively. This Notice is intended to satisfy the requirements of Federal statutes and regulations, specifically 42 CFR §447.205.

An Autism Public Forum will be held on January 9, 2019 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at the New Jersey State Police Headquarters Complex, Public Health, Environmental, and Agricultural Laboratory (PHEAL) Building located at 3 Schwarzkopf Drive, Ewing Township, New Jersey, 08628.

A copy of this Notice is available for public review at the Medical Assistance Customer Centers, County Welfare Agencies, and the Department’s website at: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/providers/grants/public/index.html .  Comments or inquiries must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the date of this notice to:

Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Attention: Margaret Rose
P.O. Box 712, Mail Code #26
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0712
Fax: 609-588-7343/ E-mail: Margaret.Rose@dhs.state.nj.us

December 12, 2018

NJ Human Services In the Community Newsletter

December 10, 2018

REMINDER! DDD Quarterly Update Meetings This Wednesday, December 12
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) quarterly update meetings will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Please see webinar registration link and RSVP instructions below.

Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS, INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date:
Wednesday, December 12
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Webinar

REGISTER NOW for Quarterly Update Webinar

Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date
: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 08691
RSVP for Individuals/Families Meeting: Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us

December 5, 2018

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November 30, 2018

DDD Launches Email Validation Process

To ensure the our electronic mail contact information for all users is up-to-date and correct, the Division is undertaking a new system-wide email validation process. New functionality was introduced to our iRecord application on 11/28/2018 that will enable an Email Validation Request to be sent out every time a new email address is entered into any email field within any Division web application. Below is a screenshot of what the Email Validation Request email will look like in the user’s Inbox. The user will need to click on the “Click here to verify” link. The user will then be prompted to enter first and last name and click on the checkbox icon  to submit the validation. Upon initial implementation of the functionality on 11/28, Email Validation requests were generated and sent to every email address currently entered in all Division web applications. If you received an Email Validation request from DDD IRECORD, please click on the link and follow the prompt to validate your email address. For more detailed instructions, including how to proceed if you have not previously activated your DDD secure webmail, please refer to the Email Validation Process document published by the DDD IT Department.

November 20, 2018

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November 20, 2018

Next DDD Quarterly Update Meetings Scheduled for Wednesday, December 12
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) quarterly update meetings will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Please see webinar registration link and RSVP instructions below.

Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS, INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Webinar

REGISTER NOW for Quarterly Update Webinar

Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 08691
RSVP for Individuals/Families Meeting: Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us

November 19, 2018

Important Information for DDD SDE Option Participants through Public Partnerships

Individuals/families participating in the DDD Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Option under Public Partnerships LLC (PPL) may already be aware of the changes below, which will affect them and their self-directed employees. Please note that these changes also apply to self-directed employees providing Division-funded services to Easterseals New Jersey (ESNJ); however, in the ESNJ self-directed model, ESNJ is the employer and is therefore responsible for implementation. Questions related to SDEs through ESNJ should be directed to ESNJ.

 

  • New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law

Governor Murphy signed the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law on May 2, making New Jersey the tenth state in the nation to enact such legislation. The law, which went into effect on October 29, requires all employers statewide to provide paid sick leave to employees at an accrual rate of one hour of sick leave earned for every 30 hours worked, with a maximum of 40 hours per benefit year permitted to be carried over and a maximum of 40 hours per benefit year permitted to be utilized

Self-directed employees who were cleared to work and began providing reimbursable authorized services before October 29 began accruing sick leave on October 29; self-directed employees who were cleared to work and began providing reimbursable authorized services on or after October 29 began accruing paid sick leave on the date they began providing reimbursable authorized services. Earned sick leave can begin to be used 120 days after October 29 or 120 days after the date on which an employee cleared to work began providing reimbursable authorized services, whichever is later. At this time, earned sick leave for self-directed employees in the DDD SDE Option through Public Partnerships will not impact individual budgets.

Employers and employees in the DDD SDE Option will receive a mailing in the coming weeks that will include an earned sick leave notification letter, FAQs and poster.

 

  • Drug Testing

One of the requirements of the Stephen Komninos’ Law, which went into effect on May 1, is pre-employment drug testing of prospective employees and random and for-cause drug testing of anyone who will be working or volunteering in any program serving adults with intellectual/developmental issues that is funded, licensed or regulated by the Department of Human Services.

Mandatory drug testing for employees in the DDD SDE Option through Public Partnerships will go into effect on January 1. New self-directed employees in the DDD SDE Option through Public Partnerships will be required to complete drug testing as part of the pre-employment screening process, and all self-directed employees in the DDD SDE Option, both new and current, may be subject at any time to random or for-cause drug testing.

More detailed information about the implementation of drug testing for self-directed employees will be distributed before the end of the year.

 

  • Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) Check

The Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) check is completed through the NJ Department of Children and Families and checks for a record of child abuse. Implementation of the mandatory CARI check will coincide for self-directed employees in the DDD SDE Option through Public Partnerships with implementation of mandatory drug testing on January 1. The CARI check process takes several weeks to complete and therefore conditional employment of a self-directed employee can occur. If the CARI check results indicate a record of child abuse, the conditionally employed self-directed employee will be dismissed.

 

  • Service Documentation

As with self-directed employees (SDEs) still working in the Easterseals NJ model, SDEs in the DDD SDE Option through Public Partnerships must maintain daily documentation of services provided. Public Partnerships is working with DDD to put a process in place for SDEs to submit service documentation during timesheet submission. Although we expect to implement this process by or before January 1, SDEs should already be maintaining daily service documentation that supports the hours they’ve worked. Public Partnerships and DDD are developing guidance around service documentation best practices and will provide more information soon.

 

FY 2019 DSP Wage Increase

The wage increase for all direct support professionals, mandated by New Jersey’s FY 2019 Appropriations Act, went into effect July 1 (the same date the new fiscal year began). While agencies have some leeway in terms of how to distribute the funds, all DSPs should begin to see some type of increase in the coming months.

November 15, 2018

State Launches Get Covered New Jersey Public Awareness Campaign
Six-Week ACA Open Enrollment Period is November 1 – December 15

 

On October 30, Governor Murphy announced the launch of the Get Covered New Jersey public awareness campaign, which will promote health coverage options available to residents. An important part of the Get Covered New Jersey campaign is to remind all residents of the 2019 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, which runs from November 1 – December 15. The governor stressed the importance of ensuring that “residents don’t miss the six-week window to enroll, that they get the financial assistance they are due, and that they know where to go to if they need help along the way.”

 

As part of the public awareness campaign, the state launched the Get Covered New Jersey website, which will serve as a portal for individuals seeking health coverage. The site includes information about plan options, as well as materials that can be used by community organizations, public and nonprofit agencies and grassroots organizations in enrollment outreach.

November 9, 2018

Affordable Care Act’s 2019 Enrollment

This is an important – and exciting – time of year. The Affordable Care Act’s 2019 open enrollment period runs through December 15, and Governor Murphy is leading New Jersey’s first coordinated public awareness campaign to encourage residents to sign up for affordable health care. We have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of many New Jersey residents, and I’m hoping you can help.

 

The Murphy Administration has created www.GetCovered.NJ.gov to serve as a portal for individuals seeking health coverage. The site includes information about plan options, financial assistance and contact information for New Jerseyans who want help to get covered. Please take a moment to explore the options available and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

 

As part of this effort, the Department of Human Services is also working with five community organizations to support enrollment efforts. These organizations are providing application assistance and organizing outreach events. Let them know if you need help enrolling. The organizations are:

 

  • The Center for Family Services (1-877-922-2377)
  • The Family Resource Network (1-800-355-0271)
  • The Oranges ACA Navigator Project (1-973-500-6031)
  • Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean (1-732-918-2600 or 1-732-731-1400)
  • Urban League of Hudson County (1-201-451-8888, ext. 217)

 

Please feel free to reach out to these organizations or direct others to them for assistance. They are here to help.  New Jerseyans can also call 1- 877-9-NAVIG8 (877-962-8448) to talk about health insurance options and get help enrolling.

 

By working together, I’m confident we can help improve the lives of so many of our residents who are looking for affordable health care options. We can make a real difference in the weeks ahead. Let’s get covered NJ!

November 9, 2018

DDD Health and Safety Resources for Providers and Caregivers

 

The Division is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals we serve. This begins by ensuring that providers and caregivers have access to quality resources that can inform and educate them about health-related issues that can affect individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Below are a number of health and safety bulletins available on the Division’s website, and three health and safety videos available on the Department of Human Services YouTube page.

 

Health and Safety Bulletins

 

Health and Safety Videos

 

In addition, the Division’s Olmstead Resource Team (ORT) conducts monthly workshops in the Freehold Office and has staff available to conduct on-site training for agencies. The ORT also has staff available to customize supports for agencies. The ORT training is offered to agencies at no cost and training staff consists of Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Speech-Language Pathologists.

 

ORT Training Topics

  • Behavior Support Plans
  • Behavioral Supports
  • Pica
  • Swallowing Disorders and Mealtimes
  • Health Care

 

ORT Customized Supports

  • Consultative Services
  • Recommendations and Staff Training
  • Assistance for Community Behaviorists
  • Staff training for Mealtime Needs
  • Advise for Medically Complicated Cases
  • Communication and Hearing Support

 

For more information about the Division’s health and safety resources, please contact ORT Supervisor Sara Irizarry at 609.476.5208 or Sara.Irizarry@dhs.state.nj.us.

October 1, 2018

Last week, we shared with you the good news that the Division would be implementing a budget increase effective today, 10/1/2018, targeted to raise wages for agency-employed direct support professionals (DSPs).

The increase will take effect today.

However, the information technology system change to implement the increase will not appear in the system today. Our DDD-IT team is working to finalize the system changes as quickly as possible so that the iRecord modifications can occur. We will send you an update as soon as the modifications are complete and the changes are visible in iRecord. Budgets will be effective retroactive to today (October 1). In the meantime, iRecord is working as usual.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Fee-For-Service Helpdesk (DDD.FeeForSevice@dhs.state.nj.us) with questions and concerns. Also, please note the reminders below about our quarterly update webinar and meeting tomorrow, October 2.

Thank you for your support for the direct support professionals who provide critical services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

September 29, 2018

You may be aware of the exciting news that Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature identified $32 million in additional state and federal funding to support higher wages for direct support professionals serving individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the Supports Program or Community Care Program under Fee-for-Service. The Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities is implementing this budget increase beginning October 1, 2018.

To accommodate the higher rates for direct support professionals, there will be a corresponding increase to all budgets for individuals enrolled in the Supports Program (SP) or Community Care Program (CCP) under Fee-for-Service. This additional funding will increase payments to Medicaid/DDD approved providers for the impacted services listed below, and provider agencies are required to utilize the higher payments for wage increases for direct support professionals.

IMPACTED SERVICES

  • Career Planning
  • Community Inclusion
  • Community-Based Supports
  • Day Habilitation
  • Individual Supports
  • Prevocational Training
  • Respite
  • Supported Employment (Group)
  • Supported Employment (Individual)

The rate and budget increases will be applied internally by DDD-IT and will be reflected in iRecord fee-for-service plans as of October 1, 2018.

For more information please see the DSP Wage Increase FAQs and for a breakdown of old rates vs. new rates please see the FY2019 Rate Increase Grid.

Additional questions can be directed to the Division’s Fee-for-Service Helpdesk: DDD.FeeForService@dhs.state.nj.us.

September 25, 2018

NEW! Webinar for Agencies Interested in Providing or Expanding Services for Adults with I/DD in New Jersey

The Division’s shift to a Medicaid-based fee-for-service system is nearing full implementation, with new standardized rates, new services, and open enrollment for providers meeting Medicaid and DDD standards. In the new system, individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families have an unprecedented ability to choose their services and providers and our goal is to ensure the availability of a variety of quality options to meet their needs.

The Division is actively engaged in establishing new relationships with providers who may be interested in offering quality services to New Jersey adults, age 21 and older, with I/DD. Interested providers are invited to join us for a webinar that will include a detailed overview of the New Jersey system and information about how to begin providing services. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.

Please forward this invitation to your networks, and to any colleague or agency you think may have an interest in providing services in the Division’s fee-for-service system.

September 14, 2018

Newsletter: NJ Human Services In the Community

I am delighted to share the first edition of the NJ Human Services In the Community newsletter. The newsletter features the latest news from the Department and highlights initiatives from across the Department that are helping New Jerseyans to thrive.

September 13, 2018

Quarterly Division Update Meeting Scheduled
Please note the quarterly Division update meeting has been re-scheduled from September to early October due to the Yom Kippur holiday, and there is also a slight change to the usual format.

The Quarterly Update Webinar for Providers will be expanded to allow interested individuals and families to participate. The Quarterly Update Meeting for Individuals and Families will still occur as usual at the DHS/DMHAS office location in Hamilton.

Quarterly Update Webinar for PROVIDERS, FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Webinar REGISTER NOW for Webinar for Individuals, Families and Providers

Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM –7:00 PM
Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 08691
RSVP for Individuals/Families Meeting: Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us

To Subscribe to Division Update, send an email to DDD.Communications@dhs.state.nj.us with Division Update Subscribe in the subject line.

August 13, 2018

As you know, the Stephen Komninos’ Law, which strengthens protections for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities served by the Division, went into effect on May 1, 2018.

This correspondence is being sent to ensure that agencies are in compliance with all aspects of the law.  Each agency should have already updated its internal policies and procedures related to Komninos’ law and have operationalized them.  This includes, but is not limited to:

1. Pre-employment, random, and for-cause drug testing of direct care staff
2. Notification of an individual’s family/guardian within two hours of knowledge of any reportable incident of abuse/neglect/exploitation resulting in minor, moderate, or major injury or any incident of moderate/major injury;
3. Compliance with incident verification visits conducted by the Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) Incident Verification Unit;
4. Exchange of family/guardian contact information by provider (if family/guardian agrees) with other families/guardians within the program (day and residential) for opportunities to share experiences.

While some aspects of the law may seem to take precedence, they are all of equal importance. In particular, please remember that the new information sharing opportunity holds great value for many families, and its full implementation should not be in any way overlooked or delayed by provider agencies.

July 27, 2018

2019 Graduates Timeline Released

The Division is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Timeline for Graduates Aging Out of the School System. This annual timeline has become an invaluable resource for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the school-based professionals assisting them in planning for the transition from school to adulthood. Please share it broadly with your stakeholder groups.

New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

In June, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced the launch of the NJ ABLE program, which enables individuals with disabilities to save tax-free for eligible expenses such as education, housing and transportation without losing eligibility for Medicaid and other benefits. To learn more about this important new financial tool for individuals with disabilities, please visit the NJ ABLE web page.

NJ Register Ready – Are You Registered?

NJ Register Ready is the state’s voluntary special needs registry in case of disaster or emergency that is administered by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM). It allows the opportunity for people with disabilities and their families, friends and associates to provide their name and information so it can be shared with emergency response agencies. Registering on NJ Register Ready ensures that emergency responders are prepared to serve people with disabilities in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

July 27, 2018

2019 Graduates Timeline Released

The Division is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Timeline for Graduates Aging Out of the School System. This annual timeline has become an invaluable resource for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the school-based professionals assisting them in planning for the transition from school to adulthood. Please share it broadly with your stakeholder groups.

New Jersey Launches NJ ABLE Accounts to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Expenses

In June, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced the launch of the NJ ABLE program, which enables individuals with disabilities to save tax-free for eligible expenses such as education, housing and transportation without losing eligibility for Medicaid and other benefits. To learn more about this important new financial tool for individuals with disabilities, please visit the NJ ABLE web page.

NJ Register Ready – Are You Registered?

NJ Register Ready is the state’s voluntary special needs registry in case of disaster or emergency that is administered by the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM). It allows the opportunity for people with disabilities and their families, friends and associates to provide their name and information so it can be shared with emergency response agencies. Registering on NJ Register Ready ensures that emergency responders are prepared to serve people with disabilities in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

July 18, 2018

In January 2017, the Division of Developmental Disabilities announced the release of the Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual: A Quick Guide for Families, a collaborative effort of the Division and the Regional Family Support Planning Councils. Since then, families and professionals have praised the simplified format and readability of this user-friendly guide and have consistently requested that a Spanish language version be developed.

We are pleased to announce that the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) has funded the professional English-to-Spanish translation of the guide, as well as printing of hard copy versions of both guides. The Quick Guide for Families Spanish version is available as a PDF download, and print copies of either the English or Spanish version can be ordered through the NJCDD Quick Guide for Families web page.

En enero de 2017, la División de Discapacidades del Desarrollo anunció el lanzamiento del Manual de políticas y procedimientos del programa de apoyo: una guía rápida para familias, un esfuerzo de colaboración de la División y los consejos regionales de planificación de apoyo familiar. Desde entonces, las familias y los profesionales han elogiado el formato simplificado y la facilidad de lectura de esta guía fácil de usar y han solicitado constantemente que se desarrolle una versión en español.

Nos complace anunciar que el Consejo de New Jersey sobre Discapacidades del Desarrollo (NJCDD) ha financiado la traducción profesional de inglés a español de la guía, así como la impresión de versiones impresas de ambas guías. La versión en español de la Guía rápida para familias está disponible como descarga en PDF, y se pueden solicitar copias impresas de la versión en inglés o español a través de la página web de la Guía rápida para familias de NJCDD.

June 20, 2018

A Message from the NJ Department of Human Services Commissioner

Dear Friends,

Since joining the Department of Human Services in January, I have heard concerns from individuals, families, and advocates about the transition from Easterseals NJ to the new fiscal intermediary, Public Partnerships.

We have heard your concern – and the Department will make enrollment with Public Partnerships voluntary during the fiscal year that begins on July 1. Individuals who are self-directing their services may remain with Easterseals NJ or choose to enroll with Public Partnerships. We will continue to explore options to improve these services to best meet the needs of individuals in this program and their caregivers, and will provide additional updates soon.

While you await further updates, if you are enrolled with Easterseals NJ for self-direction and wish to remain enrolled with Easterseals NJ, no action is required and your services and budget will not change.

If you wish to enroll with Public Partnerships, you may contact your Support Coordinator/ Case Manager or the Division of Developmental Disabilities’ Fee-for-Service Helpdesk at DDD.FeeForService@dhs.state.nj.us.

Thank you,
Carole Johnson Commissioner

June 11, 2018

The Division will hold its quarterly update meetings for individuals, families, and providers on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The registration link for the providers meeting and RSVP information for the individuals and families meeting are found below.

Quarterly Division Update Meetings Scheduled

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) quarterly update meetings for providers and individuals/families will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2018Please see RSVP instructions for the INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES meeting, and webinar registration link for the PROVIDERS meeting below.

Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 0869
RSVP for Individuals/Families Meeting: Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us

Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Location: Webinar REGISTER NOW for Providers Webinar


Residential Referrals from Support Coordinators
There has been some confusion around the involvement of Support Coordinators in the residential referral process.
Please note: providers that receive residential referrals from Support Coordinators should give the same consideration and timely response that is typically provided to Division case management. If the prospective resident is in fee-for-service but the potential placement is still in contract, providers should reach out to the Division for guidance on facilitating an admission.

June 6, 2018

June 6 WEBINAR! Mandatory DSP Drug Testing Under the Stephen Komninos’ Law   

This webinar is geared toward provider agencies and it is strongly recommended they attend. The webinar will discuss mandatory drug testing of all direct support professionals under the Stephen Komninos’ Law, including the newly-established drug testing process and timeframes.

WEBINAR: Mandatory Drug Testing Under the Stephen Komninos’ Law
DATE: Wednesday, June 6, 201
TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

REGISTER NOW for Mandatory Drug Testing Under the Stephen Komninos’ Law Webinar

June 1, 2018

Stephen Komninos’ Law Employee Training Now Available Through CDS

Current provider agency staff, support coordination agency staff and self-directed employees must complete within 60 days

As you know, the Stephen Komninos’ Law, which strengthens protections for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, went into effect May 1, 2018. Because this new law directly impacts direct support professionals in New Jersey, it is important for them to have a firm understanding of the rules and requirements associated with it. The Department of Human Services has developed a Komninos’ Law employee training and competency assessment that are now available through the College of Direct Support (CDS).

PROVIDER AGENCIES must ensure that existing staff complete the Komninos’ Law employee training and competency assessment through CDS within 60 days of this Division notification; and new staff complete the training and competency assessment through CDS as part of the routine on-boarding process and prior to working with individuals.

SUPPORT COORDINATORS/SUPPORT COORDINATION SUPERVISORS currently employed by a Support Coordination (SC) Agency must complete the Komninos’ Law employee training and competency assessment through CDS within 60 days of this Division notification; and new SCs/SCSs must complete the training and competency assessment through CDS as part of the routine on-boarding process and prior to working with individuals.

SELF-DIRECTED EMPLOYEES currently providing Division-funded services must complete the Komninos’ Law employee training and competency assessment within 60 days of this Division notification; and new self-directed employees must complete the training and competency assessment within six months of hire, as with other Division-mandated CDS training modules.

Questions regarding the Stephen Komninos’ Law and employee training can be forwarded to the Stephen Komninos’ Law Helpdesk, administered by the DHS Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA): DHS-SKLaw.Opia@dhs.state.nj.us.

All other questions can be forwarded to the Division’s Fee-for-Service Helpdesk: DDD.FeeForService@dhs.state.nj.us.

June 1, 2018

Change in Support Coordination Oversight/Management

Please note that, effective June 1, 2018, oversight and management of the Division’s Support Coordination Unit will transfer from Jennifer Joyce, Director, Supports Program and Employment Services, to Mariana Pietrunti, Director, Community Care Program and Family Support Services.

Mariana has been with the Division since 1994 and has served in a number of capacities. Her current direct involvement with statewide case management operations, and with the transition of individuals enrolled in the Community Care Program to fee-for-service, will ensure continuity as we continue to move forward with transitioning all served individuals into Support Coordination.

Jennifer Joyce will continue in her role as Director of the Supports Program and Employment Services.

May 12, 2013
We are pleased to release the revised Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual and Community Care Program Policies and Procedures Manual. Please note these May 2018 versions are in effect immediately and supersede all previous versions.

May 2, 2018

Stephen Komnino’s Law (new web page)

The Division has created the new web page regarding the Stephan Komnino’s law. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/home/skl.html

The Stephen Komninos’ Law was enacted in 2017 and strengthens protections for participants of any New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) funded, licensed or regulated program for adults with developmental disabilities, including State developmental centers and community programs. The law recognizes the important role of guardians and family members in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities and establishes greater communication links between providers and guardians.

2018 Camp Funding Information Available

The Division’s Camp Funding Assistance 2018 guide is now available

Please note: the Division’s transition to a Fee-for-Service system is expected to be fully implemented by June 2019. Therefore, it is currently anticipated that Family Support camp funding assistance will be discontinued after the 2018 camp season; and, beginning in 2019, all camp funding will come through the individual’s fee-for-service budget.

DDD Quarterly Update Meetings RE-Scheduled  

The Division’s Quarterly Update Meetings for Individuals, Families, and Providers, canceled in March due to inclement weather conditions, have been re-scheduled to Thursday, April 26, 2018. The PROVIDERS meeting will be conducted via webinar due to issues with securing a venue large enough to meet in person this month.  The June Providers meeting will be in person.

The INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES meeting will be conducted in person. Please see RSVP instructions for the INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES meeting, and webinar registration link for the PROVIDERS meeting below.

Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 08691
RSVP for Individuals/Families Meeting: Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us

Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Webinar REGISTER NOW for Providers Webinar

DDD Quarterly Update Meetings RE-Scheduled  

The Division’s Quarterly Update Meetings for Individuals, Families, and Providers, canceled in March due to inclement weather conditions, have been re-scheduled to Thursday, April 26, 2018. The PROVIDERS meeting will be conducted via webinar due to issues with securing a venue large enough to meet in person this month.  The June Providers meeting will be in person.

The INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES meeting will be conducted in person. Please see RSVP instructions for the INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES meeting, and webinar registration link for the PROVIDERS meeting below.

Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 08691
RSVP for Individuals/Families Meeting: Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us

Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS
Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Webinar REGISTER NOW for Providers Webinar

DDD Quarterly Update Meetings Scheduled  

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Quarterly Update meetings for Providers and Individuals/Families will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis.

To register, please forward attendee’s name, email and phone number to Diane.Flynn@dhs.state.nj.us, and identify the requested meeting – PROVIDERS or INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES – in the subject line. Registered attendees will receive a confirmation email.

  • Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: NJ State Police Forensic Science Technology Complex, Auditorium, 1200 Negron Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08691

  • Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 5 Commerce Way, Room 199 A/B, Hamilton, NJ 08691

PCG Public Partnerships Announces Saturday Customer Service Event: February 24, 2018  

On Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PCG Public Partnerships will have customer service representatives available to work one-to-one with individuals, families, and employees/providers participating in the Division’s Self-Directed Option who are currently experiencing enrollment and/or payment issues. The Arc Mercer has generously made space available to accommodate this event:

PCG Public Partnerships Customer Service Event
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Arc Mercer
180 Ewingville Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08638

Pre-registration is required.
Please use the link below to register for a 30-minute time slot. If possible, include details of the issue/s you are currently experiencing.
REGISTER NOW: www.eventbrite.com/e/public-partnerships-at-the-arc-mercer-saturday-february-24th-tickets-42103453563

 

January 5, 2018 – Status of the Employer Identification Number (EIN)

I want to bring you up to date on the status of the Employer Identification Number (EIN) issue that emerged earlier this year with regard to individuals participating in both the Personal Preference Program (Administered by the Division of Disability Services) and the DDD Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Option.

In September 2017, for individuals dually enrolled in both PPP and the DDD SDE Option, DDD extended the deadline to register with the new Fiscal Intermediary, Public Partnerships, to February 1, 2018. This extension was granted to allow time for the Department and Division to research the EIN issue. Because that research is ongoing and a final determination has not yet been made, DDD has extended its contract with Easterseals NJ (ESNJ) through June 30, 2018.

Individuals participating in both PPP and the DDD SDE Option should continue to submit SDE timesheets to ESNJ until a final determination is made or until additional guidance is provided regarding dual enrollees and the EIN issue.

Questions or concerns should be directed to DDD’s Fee-for-Service Help Desk: DDD.FeeForService@dhs.state.nj.us.

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