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The closure of congregate day program facilities in March was an unprecedented step taken by the Division as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. We understand how challenging this closure has been for individuals, families and providers and are pleased to release this comprehensive Congregate Day Program Re-Opening Requirements document, together with the following related forms:
The Division has also updated the following guidance documents:
DDD COVID-19 Update Webinar is September 3
There are two DDD COVID-19 update webinars scheduled for September:
- Thursday, September 3 at 10:30 am
- Thursday, September 17 at 10:30 am
REGISTER NOW for September COVID-19 Update Webinars<
If you already registered for the September webinars, you do not need to register again. Registering once will register you for both webinars in September.
Hello Division Constituents and Community Partners,
As day programs remain closed, the 20% enhancement to Individual Supports-Daily Rate to compensate for additional staff needed during the day is extended through September 30, 2020.
Residential providers in particular can review the Department of Human Services’ new Notice of Temporarily Enhanced Residential Daily Rates and the Division’s updated Temporary Residential Funding guidance.
Voting Safely in 2020 Webinars
To ensure that people with disabilities understand their right to vote and have the information they need to vote safely in the 2020 election, Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) will be hosting two Voting Safely in 2020 webinars:
REMINDER! DDD Bi-weekly COVID-19 Update Webinars: SEPTEMBER 2020
There are two DDD COVID-19 update webinars scheduled for September:
- Thursday September 3 at 10:30 am
- Thursday September 17 at 10:30 am
On another important note, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) has reached out to the Division of Developmental Disabilities for assistance in letting stakeholders know that NJCDD is seeking input on their
REMINDER! Next DDD Bi-weekly COVID-19 Update Webinar is August 20
The next live DDD COVID-19 update webinar is scheduled for Thursday, August 20 at 10:30 am. If you already registered for the August webinars, you do not need to register again.Register Now for August COVID-19 Update Webinars
On another important note, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) has reached out to the Division of Developmental Disabilities for assistance in letting stakeholders know that NJCDD is seeking input on their Five-Year State Plan for 2022–2026.
To assist in this effort, interested stakeholders are encouraged to visit NJCDD 5-Year Plan 2022–2026 to complete an online survey or learn about other ways to submit input. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact NJCDD by phone at 609.292.3325 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Division is pleased to release updated guidance on Temporary Service Modifications, which includes specific parameters and flexibilities around the delivery of modified services. Please review this updated guidance thoroughly, as it affects providers, individuals and families, and support coordinators.
Questions related to this updated guidance can be directed to the Fee-for-Service Helpdesk at DDD.FeeForService@dhs.nj.gov.
REMINDER! DDD Bi-weekly COVID-19 Update Webinars: AUGUST 2020
There are two DDD COVID-19 update webinars scheduled for August:
Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Please note this is a new registration link for the August webinars. Even if you registered for previous COVID-19 update webinars, you will need to register at the link above for the August webinars. Registering once will register you for both webinars in August.
As previously communicated, the $3-per-hour temporary wage increase for direct support professionals (DSPs) working in provider-managed residential settings will end on July 31, 2020. As day programs remain closed, the 20% enhancement to Individual Supports-Daily Rate to compensate for additional staff needed during the day is extended through August 31, 2020.
Residential providers, in particular, should review the Department of Human Services’ new Notice of Temporarily Enhanced Residential Daily Rates and the Division’s updated Temporary Residential Funding guidance
The Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to release updated Residential Visitation Guidance that now permits indoor visitation, when certain conditions are met, with family and friends of individuals who reside in provider-managed settings such as group homes. The Division’s Residential Screening Policy has also been updated to reflect this adjustment.
Visitation will require an attestation from the residential provider, guardian consent, and each visitor to sign a visitor agreement ahead of their visit. These forms can be found below and are also available here: NJ Department of Human Services COVID-19 Information
Further adjustments to the policy will be made as more is learned about the virus. Please distribute this important information to your networks.
REMINDER! DDD Bi-weekly COVID-19 Update Webinar: July 23
The Division’s next bi-weekly COVID-19 update webinar is scheduled for July 23 at 10:30 a.m.
If you already registered for the July webinars, there is no need to register again for the July 23 webinar. If you are not already registered, please use the link below. Register Now for July COVID-19 Update Webinars
NEW WEBINAR! Service Documentation for Self-Directed Employees (SDEs)
Maintaining service documentation is mandatory for providers of Division-funded services, including Self-Directed Employees (SDEs) enrolled in either the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent model with Public Partnerships (PPL) or the Agency with Choice model with Easterseals.
This training webinar is intended to ensure that self-directed employees and those who hire them have an understanding of how to appropriately maintain service documentation. The Division strongly recommends SDEs and the individuals/families who employ them register and attend this webinar on Wednesday, July 22, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm:
Register Now for Service Documentation for SDEs Webinar
As you are aware, congregate day services remain closed. Last week, the Division released important guidance related to provider payments for those settings.
Today, the Division is releasing State Supplemental Payments for Day Providers – Frequently Asked Questions, as well as an updated Attestation for Congregate Day Payments. Updates include an extension of the deadline for receipt of Attestation to July 21, 2020 (email and hard due this date). Agencies that previously submitted the Attestation must resubmit on or before this deadline.
Providers of Division-funded congregate day services (Career Planning, Community Inclusion, Day Habilitation, Prevocational Training-Group, and Supported Employment-Group) should carefully review this updated information:
- Congregate Day Service Retainer Payments (June 29 Through July 17, 2020);
- State Supplemental Payments for Congregate Day Services (Beginning July 20, 2020); and
- Attestation for Congregate Day Payments
- State Supplemental Payments for Day Providers – Frequently Asked Questions
Based on Governor Murphy’s travel advisory for people entering New Jersey from states with significant COVID-19 spread, the Division has updated its Residential Screening Policy. As indicated in that advisory, anyone visiting or returning from one of the identified states should quarantine for 14 days.
I also want to call your attention to new resources available from the federal government:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a new resource, Guidance for Direct Service Providers, which includes comprehensive information and guidance for direct support professionals who provide services to people with disabilities.
- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Provider Relief Fund Fact Sheet, which includes specific guidance for providers applying for funds from the Medicaid and CHIP provider distribution of the Provider Relief Fund. Applications are due July 20, 2020. A HRSA webinar regarding this distribution is scheduled for today, Wednesday, July 8 at 4:00 pm EDT.
Please share the Division’s updated screening policy and these new federal resources with your networks.
While congregate day services remain closed, the Division is releasing this important, time-sensitive guidance related to provider payments for those settings. Providers of Division-funded congregate day services (Career Planning, Community Inclusion, Day Habilitation, Prevocational Training-Group, and Supported Employment-Group) should carefully review the following:
- Congregate Day Service Retainer Payments (June 29 Through July 17, 2020);
- State Supplemental Payments for Congregate Day Services (Beginning July 20, 2020); and
- Attestation for Congregate Day Payments
DDD Bi-weekly COVID-19 Update Webinars: July 2020
There are two DDD COVID-19 update webinars scheduled for July:
Thursday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Please note this is a new registration link for the July webinars. Even if you registered for previous COVID-19 update webinars, you will need to register at the link above for the July webinars. Registering once will register you for both webinars in July.
On June 27th, members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) ratified a COVID 2020 Emergency Agreement that furloughs many of its members an average of 10 business days between June 29 and July 24, 2020. This includes nearly 600 workers here at the Division of Developmental Disabilities, in our Community Services Offices.
It is important for you to know that the Division remains open and all operations are continuing, despite a reduced workforce over the next four weeks. Our priority, as always, is ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the individuals we serve. For vital issues, you may continue to call the Division Community Services office for your county or 1.800.832.9173. Please also note the Division’s 24/7 on-call system for emergencies remains active.
We ask for your patience and understanding during this time, as you may encounter slight delays to some inquiries. If you need assistance and are having trouble reaching Division staff, please email our Fee-for-Service Helpdesk at DDD.FeeForService@dhs.nj.gov.
I am pleased to share two new COVID-related resources developed by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities:
- Helping Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Become Comfortable with Face Masks
- Wearing a Face Mask: A COVID-19 Social Story for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This guidance about face masks will be particularly helpful as New Jersey moves forward with the COVID-19 Recovery and Re-Opening.
Another important resource, Your Options for Voting in the 2020 Primary Election>, is a one-pager developed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by our community partners, The Boggs Center, Disability Rights New Jersey, and the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. It is important to note that, due to COVID-19, New Jersey’s 2020 Primary Election was delayed until July 7th.
Finally, a reminder that the Division’s bi-weekly COVID-19 update webinar will be held tomorrow, Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. If you already registered, you will receive a reminder email with login information and you do not need to re-register. If not, you can register now for the COVID-19 update webinar.
REMINDER! DDD COVID-19 Update Webinar this Thursday, June 25
The Division’s COVID-19 update webinars have moved to a bi-weekly format for June, with webinars scheduled as follows:
Thursday June 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday June 25 at 10:30 a.m.
If you previously registered for any of the weekly webinars, you will automatically receive a reminder on Wednesday – there is no need to re-register. If you did not previously register, you can register now for the DDD COVID-19 Update Webinars.
Please note that the 6/11 and 6/25 webinars will take the place of the quarterly update webinar that was originally scheduled for 6/17. The next DDD quarterly update meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
June 19, 2020
A Message from Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson
As we look forward to this weekend and the opportunity to celebrate fathers and father-figures in our lives, we are pleased that the Division of Developmental Disabilities has been able to issue new guidance for beginning family visits at group homes starting this Sunday.
The guidance is specific about the screening and safeguards that must be in place for these outside visits to occur. And, agencies are working hard to prepare for these visits and will do their best to accommodate everyone they can.
Safety is our top priority — and we are anxious to ensure safe and enjoyable visits are able to start on Sunday. Masks must be worn. And social distancing must be practiced.
We know that the past several months have been difficult as visits have been curtailed. We thank you for your forbearance, and we thank residents for their patience and resilience during these unprecedented times.
For specific information related to this, please review our newly released Residential Visitation Guidance and our updated Residential Screening Policy.
Happy Father’s Day and stay well.
June 18, 2020
Dear Division Constituents and Community Partners,
On March 20, in response to the emerging COVID-19 public health emergency, the Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities issued visitation and screening guidance for provider-managed residential settings.
As COVID-related restrictions in New Jersey ease and the state moves forward with the Governor’s multi-stage recovery and re-opening plan, families are understandably eager to visit with their loved ones who are living in group homes, supervised apartments and other provider-managed residential settings.
The new guidance on visits with family and friends will go into effect on June 21, 2020, allowing time for providers time to prepare. Also, it is important to note that the new visitation guidance will be amended over time as we learn more about the virus.
Please share this information widely, and feel free to send any questions or concerns to the Division’s COVID-19 Helpdesk: DDD.COVIDemail@example.com.
June 10, 2020
Hello Division Constituents and Community Partners,
Please see two important, time-sensitive announcements regarding potential funding assistance for providers.
- New Jersey Emergency Management (NJEM) Grants has released a schedule of FEMA Public Assistance Training Webinars taking place in June that will provide information about applying for FEMA grants. For more information, visit the NJEM Grants COVID-19 Information page.
- The NJ Department of Human Services issued a press release today urging Medicaid and CHIP providers to review and apply quickly for the new $15 million in federal COVID-19 funding assistance. The full text of the press release is available below.
Please distribute this information to your networks.
May 29, 2020
Please review and share the following new and important COVID-19 resources:
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Stimulus Payments and ABLE Accounts, developed by the NJ Council on Development Disabilities, in collaboration with The Boggs Center, Disability Rights NJ, and the NJ Division of Disability Services.
- COVID-19 guidance for people with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers, from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Please also note the Division’s COVID-19 update webinars are moving to a bi-weekly format, with upcoming webinars scheduled for Thursday June 11 and Thursday June 25 at 10:30 a.m. If you previously registered for any of the weekly webinars, you do not need to re-register. If not, you can register now for the COVID-19 update webinars.
May 21, 2020
Many of you are familiar with the Quick Guide for Families, a resource developed by the Division of Developmental Disabilities in 2017 in collaboration with the Regional Family Support Planning Councils that provided information about entering Division services through enrollment in the Supports Program.
I am thrilled to announce that the Quick Guide for Families has been updated and now provides condensed, easy-to-understand information from the policy manuals for both of the Division’s Medicaid waiver programs, the Supports Program, and Community Care Program.
As before, printed copies can be requested through the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD), using their Quick Guide Request web form. Please note that, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, NJCDD staff are working remotely and requests for printed copies will be fulfilled when NJCDD staff are able to return to the physical office.
A Spanish translation of the Quick Guide for Families will also be available soon.
This guide can be helpful for any family whose loved one will be entering Division services but is particularly valuable for middle and high school students with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. Please share this updated resource with your networks, and encourage schools to make it available to students and their families.
May 14, 2020
Thank you for your help spreading the word about last night’s live discussion on NJ Human Services’ available supports and services during this challenging time.
Here is a link for a YouTube video of the entire discussion with CART captioning, as well as ASL interpretation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1vQaUhnJKs&t=2539s. Please feel free to share.
You can also find the video on our Facebook page at facebook.com/NJDHS/
May 13, 2020
May 12, 2020
May 8, 2020
Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we mutually serve. I am truly humbled by the skill, patience and compassion you bring to the hard work you are doing each and every day. As you are caring for others, I hope you are remembering that your health and well-being are equally as important and I hope you are finding ways to take care of yourself.
Many of you have been asking questions about what the Division is doing related to 2020 graduates who will be seeking our services. I’m pleased to let you know about a webinar the Division has scheduled for May 19th that will provide information about this. Please see the detailed description and registration link below.
I also want to bring your attention to newly-updated information on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security and COVID-19 page about the economic impact payments for SSA benefit recipients.
NEW WEBINAR! Transitioning into Adulthood – Information about DDD Services for the 2020 Graduates
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Jennifer Joyce, Director of the Division’s Employment and Transition to 21 Unit
This webinar will provide information about accessing the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) services for students exiting the school system. It will include an overview of DDD, information about the eligibility process, and accessing services. The discussion will also include information about services during the current situation related to COVID-19 and ideas of some planning that can be done during this time when we are staying at home.
May 4, 2020
Public Charge Quick Guide
As we urge New Jerseyans across the state to take advantage of the various resources available to them through food assistance and other programs, we are aware that immigrant residents may be less likely to participate due to the fear created by the federal public charge policy. The Department of Human Services has created a quick guide to help residents make informed decisions for their families as it relates to public charge and public benefits.
It is important that families understand that they have access to some resources regardless of their immigration status, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. We hope this is helpful to the communities impacted. Thank you for your continued partnership.
April 29, 2020
Murphy Administration Takes Action to Support Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
$24 Million in Temporary Wage Increases for Direct Support Professionals in Group Homes & Supervised Apartments; New Guidance for Hospitals on Families and Loved Ones
April 29, 2020
(TRENTON) – The Murphy Administration today announced $24 million in state and federal resources for temporary wage increases for the direct support professionals who care for adult individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in group homes and supervised apartments – $10.6 million in state funding and $13.4 million in federal matching resources. With these funds, beginning May 1 the Department of Human Services will implement a temporary $3 per hour wage increase for these professionals for three months, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Administration also announced new guidance to require hospitals to allow a designated support person to be with an individual with a disability during hospitalization.
“Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the community benefit from the dedicated work of direct support professionals who provide critical care and supports in group homes across our State,” said Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “Direct support professionals are essential workers ensuring that there is 24/7 support for some of our most vulnerable residents. Their hard work with residents, who often have underlying health conditions, is making a tremendous difference at this critical time. Today’s action is intended to recognize and value this essential work. With today’s hospital guidance, the Administration is also recognizing the critical role DSPs, families and guardians play in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at this challenging time.”
“Having a family member or other support person by your side while in the hospital can provide a reassuring and familiar presence during what may be a stressful situation,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “At the same time, through appropriate screening, we are continuing to maintain the safety of hospital staff and other patients.”
New Jersey Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities provides supportive services to about 8,000 adult individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in group homes and supervised apartments across the State. These settings are staffed by direct support professionals (DSPs) who ensure that residents receive daily support with their needs and are able to achieve their personal goals. The wage increase will apply to DSPs in these settings, begin on May 1 and be in place for three months.
The New Jersey Department of Health also announced new guidance requiring hospitals to allow a designated support person to accompany an individual with a disability during a hospitalization despite other restrictions on visitors at this time. The designated support person may be a family member, personal care assistant or another disability service provider and is subject to screening by the hospital and required to be asymptomatic for COVID-19.
Today’s announcements build on the steps the Administration has taken to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Human Services has:
· Closed day programs where individuals participated in daily congregate activities to reduce risk;
· Provided bridge payments to day program providers;
· Enhanced payments to group home providers to allow them to bring in additional staff given the added time residents are at home;
· Modified rules to quickly allow families and providers to hire workers to support their loved ones;
· Restricted visitors to group homes to reduce risk;
· Delivered PPE to group homes and supervised apartments, as well as family homes where aides come into the home;
· Released guidance on requirements surrounding hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, and critical supplies for group home providers; and,
· Worked proactively to address the critical needs of individuals during this unprecedented event.
The Administration understands that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities face particular challenges in this difficult time, including having their regular routines disrupted, being unable to participate in day programs and employment, and not being able to receive visitors in their homes. These are tremendous challenges, and the Administration will continue to take all available steps to best support their needs in this very difficult time.
April 27, 2020
Most of you are already familiar with the wealth of information and resources available through The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Jersey’s University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service.
I want to bring your special attention to The Boggs Center COVID-19 Information and Resources page, and in particular to their Just In Time Webinar Series. This series was developed to assist providers, direct support professionals and other caregivers as they work to support the health and well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I also want to share information about a national survey for direct support professionals (DSPs). The National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, developed a survey to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the DSP workforce and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support. Please feel free to forward this survey to providers or other entities who employ direct support professionals. Survey answers will be anonymous.
April 22, 2020
We have been made aware that many people who registered for the Division’s COVID-19 Update webinar on Thursday received a reminder email identifying 2:30 GMT as the webinar start time. Since 2:30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the reminder email is not actually wrong – just very confusing! The webinar does start at 10:30 a.m. EDT (New Jersey time).
Please note that clicking on the blue Join Webinar box in the reminder email you received should take you to a screen that identifies 10:30 a.m. as the start time, and should enable you to log in to the webinar on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. You do not need to re-register.
If, however, you did not previously register, please see the information below:
Event: DDD Weekly COVID-19 Update Webinar
Date: Every Thursday from 4/23/20 – 5/28/20
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Register for DDD Weekly COVID-19 Update Webinars (only register once)
April 15, 2020
We have been made aware that many people who registered for the Division’s COVID-19 Update webinar on Thursday have received a reminder email identifying 2:30 GMT as the webinar start time. Since 2:30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the reminder email is not actually wrong – just very confusing! The webinar does start at 10:30 a.m. EDT (New Jersey time).
We are looking into why this glitch occurred. Please note, however, that clicking on the blue Join Webinar box in the reminder email you received should take you to a screen that identifies 10:30 a.m. as the start time, and should enable you to log in to the webinar on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. You do not need to re-register.
Please also see the announcements below about some new and updated guidance documents that are available on the NJ Department of Human Services Coronavirus Information page.
April 15, 2020
NEW! PPL Step-by-Step Process Documents for SDE On-Boarding During COVID-19
Based on stakeholder requests for clearer guidance, the Division worked with Public Partnerships LLC (PPL) to create documents outlining the temporary self-directed employee on-boarding process with PPL during the COVID-19 public health emergency:
- An individual who is already participating in the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Model with PPL and is Hiring a New Self-Directed Employee with PPL.
- An individual who is brand new to the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Model with PPL and is Enrolling and Hiring First Self-Directed Employee with PPL.
UPDATED! Temporary Service Modifications Guidance
We understand there was some confusion around the announcement of the temporary availability of remote service delivery as an option during the COVID-19 emergency. Based on this, the COVID-19 Temporary Service Modifications guidance document was updated on 4/15/2020. The updated guidance reflects that the Division has not placed restrictions on one-to-one in-home supports, as long as the planning team has carefully considered the potential health risks and is in agreement with the continuation of in-home supports. The guidance related to remote delivery of services (via secure videoconferencing or telephone) was intended to convey the availability of remote service delivery as an option, not a requirement.
April 14, 2020
Last Thursday, we held the first of what is planned as a weekly webinar update to ensure that individuals, families, providers and other stakeholders receive the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 public health emergency as it relates to the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Update webinars will be held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through the end of May, at which time we will review the need to continue holding weekly updates beyond May.
Register one time using the link below for all weekly update webinars from April 16 through May 28.
Event: DDD Weekly COVID-19 Update Webinar
Date: Every Thursday from 4/16/20 – 5/28/2
Time: 10:30 a.m.
All webinars and guidance documents are available on the NJ Department of Human Services Coronavirus Information page.
April 9, 2020
DDD Update: COVID-19 Webinar Scheduled for Thursday, April 9
Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Seifried will conduct a webinar on Thursday, April 9 to bring stakeholders up-to-date on Division guidance and information related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
DDD Update: COVID-19
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location:Register for DDD Update: COVID-19 Webinar
NJ Self-Advocacy Project Announces Webinar Series to Assist Individuals with I/DD During COVID-19
The Division-funded New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project announced a new webinar series for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), Stay Healthy at Home: Living Your Best Life During Quarantine. Webinars will be held every Tuesday in April, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and registration links are available below.
April 7: Internet Safety for Students and Adults with I/DD
April 14: COVID-19 Information and Resources for Advocates
April 21: Healthy Communication and Staying Connected
April 28: Healthy Stress Management and Outdoor Safety Tips
Readoption with Amendments and Repeal
A Notice of Readoption: N.J.A.C. 10:46C, Community Care Program Waiting List Procedures, was published on the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Rule Adoptions page on April 6, 2020.
April 1, 2020
As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve in New Jersey and across the nation, staff from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Division are working around the clock with our partners to ensure that individuals, families, providers and stakeholders receive the most up-to-date information. Please review the following new and updated guidance documents, which are also available on the DHS Novel Coronavirus Information webpage:
- COVID-19 Residential Moves
- COVID-19 Incident Reporting
- COVID-19 Office of Licensing FAQs for Residential Providers
- COVID-19 Residential Screening Policy – updated 03-27-20
We encourage you to share this information with your networks and to continue to submit any non-health-related questions or concerns to the Division’s COVID-19 Helpdesk at DDD.COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department and Division also wish to acknowledge the dedication and caring of our direct support professionals, families, community providers, developmental center staff, state staff and stakeholder community. We know it is your tireless hard work that is helping to move the people we serve through this difficult time.
March 30, 2020
UPDATED Residential Screening Policy
The COVID-19 Residential Screening Policy distributed by the Division on March 20 has been updated as of March 27. Residential providers should review the updated policy.
Two-Week Limited Extension of Payments for Day and Residential Providers
Impacted day and residential providers received a communication today with details about the Division’s two-week limited extension of payments, as follows:
- Closed facility-based day providers will receive a retainer payment equal to 75% of the amount paid for the first two weeks. This is intended to assist with fixed facility and overhead costs, as well as supporting those staff who have not been redeployed to residential or in-home services.
- The enhanced residential payment will remain the same. Providers should continue to bill the daily rate and should be able to demonstrate that they have arranged for additional staffing during the hours when day programs are closed and are meeting all licensing and program requirements.
REMINDER! Report COVID-19 Related Cases to DDD
Please note that instances of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in individuals served and provider staff must be reported to the Division of Developmental Disabilities via the standard incident reporting protocols.
Federal and State Assistance for NJ Businesses
The COVID-19 public health emergency is impacting many businesses, including community providers and vendors who provide services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in New Jersey. The following resources may be helpful:
- U.S. Small Business Administration:Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- NJ Business Action Center: COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses
- NJ Economic Development Authority: Information for NJ Businesses on the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
- State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
NJCDD Grant Funding Available to Assist Individuals/Families Impacted by COVID-19
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) is partnering with The Arc of New Jersey to process requests for emergency funding from any individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, and any qualified community-based organizations that provide supports to people with I/DD who are affected by the statewide COVID-19 response. For information about funding criteria and request process, please visit NJCDD Emergency Funding to Maintain Health, Safety and Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
March 18, 2020
REMINDER! March 18 Quarterly Update Meetings via WEBINAR ONLY – No In-Person Meeting
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) quarterly update meetings will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Please note that the first webinar time slot has changed from previous meetings and is now 1-3 pm. Please also note that both meetings will take place this quarter via webinar – there is no in-person option. After clicking on the registration link, please select your preferred meeting time.
Quarterly Update Meeting for PROVIDERS, INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date: Wednesday, March 18 | Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Location: Webinar
Quarterly Update Meeting for INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Date: Wednesday, March 18 | Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Location: Webinar
March 16, 2020
FAQs on DDD Closures Related to COVID-19
As communicated on Friday, March 13, the Division of Developmental Disabilities has directed all facility-based day program settings to close and provider-facilitated community outings to be discontinued. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions on DDD Closures Related to COVID-19 for Individuals, Families and Providers document for the most up-to-date information.
A DDD help desk has been established for you to submit questions related to these closures and to DDD’s response to the COVID-19 situation: DDD.COVIDemail@example.com. Please do not submit health-related questions to this help desk, including questions about COVID-19 testing, treatment, etc. For health-related questions and concerns, please contact a health care professional or call 911. And please continue to utilize the following websites:
March 13, 2020
To: Individuals, Families and Stakeholders of the Division of Developmental Disabilities
DDD GUIDANCE: DAY PROGRAM CLOSURES & DISCONTINUED COMMUNITY OUTINGS RELATED TO COVID-19
Dear Individuals, Families and Stakeholders:
The highest priority of the Division of Developmental Disabilities is the health and safety of the individuals we serve. Early information on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) suggests that older adults and people with chronic or underlying health conditions have a heightened risk of getting very sick if they become infected. An important step to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to eliminate large groups of people congregating together.
For this reason, DDD is calling for immediate actions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). No later than Tuesday, March 17, all Division-funded, facility-based day services have been directed to close until advised otherwise.
Additionally, the Division has directed that community outings facilitated by providers that are not for the health or safety of an individual should be discontinued immediately.
The immediate health and safety of the individuals we serve are our top priority, and we are committed to working with our individuals, their families, and provider community to identify the best available solutions to keep individuals safe.
We recognize that this guidance will raise immediate questions about service delivery and reimbursement. The Division will provide additional details over the weekend, but we wanted to get this message to you all as quickly as possible. This is an evolving situation, we will stay in touch often, and we encourage stakeholders to monitor state and national public health websites for the most up-to-date information and guidance.
March 13, 2020
Updates Related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Governor Murphy announced administrative actions this week to waive consumer cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and testing-related services and enable NJ Medicaid beneficiaries to receive 90-day prescription refills for maintenance medications, in addition to a number of other steps. Please see the Governor’s press releasefor complete details, and the NJ Department of Human Services (DHS) Coronavirus webpage for details specific to people served by DHS and its divisions and offices.
In addition, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued guidance to help Medicare Advantage and Part D plans respond to COVID-19.
For up-to-date information and recommendations regarding COVID-19 in New Jersey and nationally, please visit these public health websites:
March 6, 2020
WEBINAR: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Update for Individuals, Families and Providers
Monday, March 9, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
Register Here for the COVID-19 Webinar
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the respiratory illness caused by a new virus that first emerged in December 2019 and has since spread to at least 70 countries, including the United States. The NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) is leading the state’s response to COVID-19 and is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For up-to-date information and recommendations, please visit the NJDOH coronavirus webpage and the CDC coronavirus webpage.
This webinar will provide an overview of what is known about COVID-19, methods of prevention to reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease or becoming infected, and some planning/preparation tips that households and providers can consider.
The webinar can accommodate 1,000 attendees. If registration exceeds this capacity, we will schedule a second webinar later in the week.
To Subscribe to Division Update, send an email to DDD.Communications@dhs.nj.gov with Division Update Subscribe in the subject line.
March 2, 2020
NEW WEBINAR! OPIA REVISIONS to Risk Management System: Risk Indicator Report
Based on stakeholder input, the Department of Human Services Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) is pleased to share with you the updated Risk Management System: Risk Indicator Report for DDD Licensed Providers. The webinar will provide an overview of the OPIA Risk Management System and the newly integrated revisions.
Webinar: Overview of Revisions to the Risk Management System and Risk Indicator Report
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Revised reports covering the following time periods will be available on the DHS Risk Management System Risk Indicator Reports page in March 2020, and will be sent in advance of posting to DDD Licensed Providers:
- July 2018 – June 2019
- October 2018 – September 2019
- January 2019 – December 2019
Proposed Readoption with Amendments
A Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:46, Determination of Eligibility, was published on the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Proposed Rules and Amendments page on March 2, 2020. There is a 60-day formal public comment period, which ends May 1, 2020. Written comments may be submitted as follows
- Electronically: DDD-CO.LAPO@dhs.nj.gov
- USPS Mail: Carol Jones, Administrative Practice Officer, Division of Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726
February 11, 2020
I’m pleased to forward details about a free webinar being conducted on February 13 by The Arc and the National Disability Rights Network to discuss the 2020 Census and how it relates to the disability community. Please share this information with your colleagues and networks.
The Census and the Disability Community: Get Ready to be Counted!
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 2 pm – 3 pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER