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The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has been providing and funding services for state residents with developmental disabilities since 1959. These supports and services are provided by more than 280 agencies in communities throughout the state, or in seven residential developmental centers that are administered by DDD.
Since the division was created, the system that serves individuals with developmental disabilities has changed and grown significantly. Today, nearly 29,000 adults are eligible to receive services funded by the division. Most DDD-eligible individuals live in the community, either with family or in a community residence such as a group home or supervised apartment or in a Community Care Residence with a family caregiver. Approximately 2,300 reside within the seven developmental centers operated by DDD.
Some conditions that might be considered a developmental disability include:
- intellectual disabilities
- cerebral palsy
- spina bifida
- traumatic brain injuries and
- certain neurological impairments.
For more information and to begin the application process for DDD eligibility, please go to Applying for DDD Services.
Division Budget: +$1.5 billion (state and federal funds)
Division Assistant Commissioner: Elizabeth Shea
Division Staff: +9500 (FT, PT, TES/Temporary Employment Services)
Information for Stakeholders12/02/13 - DD/MI Report
The Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder Treatment Work Group Report convened by the New Jersey Department of Human Services has now been posted on the Division of Mental Health Services website located under Managed Behavior Health Organization
10/28/13 - Letters of Interest
The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), within the Department of Human Services (DHS), is soliciting Letters of Interest from qualified providers interested in providing services and supports to individuals who will be residing in DDD-supported units at Project Freedom, Hopewell at 720 Denow Road, Pennington, NJ 08534. Letters will be accepted from private not-for-profit or for-profit qualified provider agencies. Providers must be qualified for all medical and behavioral levels. Project Freedom, Hopewell is an affordable housing project comprised of six two-story buildings totaling 72 units. The Division is seeking services and supports for 24 individuals in 10 accessible apartments: six two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units.
RLI Project Freedom
Sample Program Description - 2 person
Sample Program Description - 3 person
09/13/2013 - Community Living Education RFP Question and Answers
08/23/2013 - Request for Proposal (RFP)
Request for Proposal (RFP) has been listed to provide Community Living Education. The Notice of Funding Availability can be found here listed as “Community Living Education.” The application and RFP can be found here: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/providers/grants/rfprfi/. The proposal due date is Friday, October 4, 2013 by 5:00 pm. There will be no formal bidders’ conference. Please e-mail your questions to mailto:DDDRFP@dhs.state.nj.us by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 using the subject heading “Community Living Education RFP Question”. Responses to questions will be posted on the Division’s website on or about September 13, 2013. Please see the RFP for more detailed information.
08/09/2013 -Invitation to Stakeholders to Provide Input
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) is working to develop a Participant Survey for individuals receiving DDD-funded services. The purpose of the Survey would be to provide feedback to the Division about the quality of DDD-funded supports and services (including support coordination) as well as to help identify any issues related to access to services. The Survey will eventually be distributed annually to individuals enrolled in the Community Care Waiver (CCW) as well as the Supports Program (SP). The Division is actively soliciting input from stakeholders regarding the Survey. Individuals are invited to provide specific suggestions for questions to include, as well as general themes you believe are important to include. Input can be submitted to the Supports Program Help Desk at: DDD.SuppProgHelpDesk@dhs.state.nj.us. Please send feedback no later than August 31, 2013 and include “Participant Survey” in the subject line of your email.
07/18/2013 - Letter regarding unusual incident reporting related to youth up to age 21
07/11/2013 - Community Care Waiver (CCW) Renewal PowerPoint Presentation
05/14-2013 - Update on DDD Funding for Sheltered Workshops
The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) announced in early 2013 its intention to align sheltered workshops with the Division’s new Supports Program. As stated by Commissioner Velez during the Senate Budget hearing on May 1, 2013, the Division is currently exploring the option of transferring funding for sheltered workshops to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) in the Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOL). DVRS already provides funding for sheltered workshops for individuals with developmental disabilities statewide, holding contracts with many of the same sheltered workshop providers as the Division. The Division is currently working to gather the necessary data to identify contracts to move over to DVRS. It is important to note that individuals and their families will not experience any changes at this time and there will be no disruption in services related to this policy.
05/10/13 - DDD Rate Setting Information
2/18/13 - Medicaid Eligibility and DDD
1/22/13 - Determination of Eligibility (Fact Sheet/Division Circular #3)
Effective January 22, 2013, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) eligibility regulations have changed to require Medicaid eligibility as a condition of receiving Division-funded services.
New information regarding the DDD Supports Program is now available.
Visit the Important Resources page for new information on the Supports Program and to view a draft of the Self-Directed Services Policies and Procedures Manual.
Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Information7/2/2012 - Joint Statement from DHS Deputy Commissioner Dawn Apgar and DCF Deputy Commissioner Robert Sabreen
REALIGNMENT: Supporting Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Waiting List LettersThe Department of Human Services' Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) maintains the Community Care Waiver Waiting List (Waiting List) and is making an effort to provide an annual update to all individuals who are in the Priority Category of the Waiting List regarding their status. Letters will not be sent to individuals in the General Category of the Waiting List.