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09.21.15   Stakeholder Input Report Released

Early in 2015, in collaboration with The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, the Division conducted a series of in-person focus groups and an online stakeholder survey regarding our ongoing efforts to improve system quality.

The results were compiled by the Boggs Center and are now available in the Stakeholder Input Report.

09.21.15   Sixty-Day Comment Period Opened

The Proposed Readoption with Amendments for N.J.A.C 10:48A, entitled Background Checks, was published in the New Jersey Register on September 21, 2015. The sixty-day comment period ends November 20, 2015, and comments may be submitted by email, fax, or postal mail per the instructions on the rule proposal.

09.10.15   NEW! CCW Webinar Offered

DDD's Community Care Waiver (CCW): An Informational Overview for Stakeholders

This webinar is presented by Elizabeth M. Shea, Assistant Commissioner and Kelli Rice, Director, Community Care Waiver Unit, and will include a live Q&A period. For information or to register, please follow the link:

REGISTER NOW for one or both CCW webinar dates

Friday, October 23, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

09.10.15   Mandatory NJCAT Reassessment Underway 

All individuals currently receiving services or eligible to receive services are being notified regarding completion of the mandatory NJ CAT survey. For individuals living in a licensed residential setting, notification will be sent to the residential provider, and the residential provider will complete the NJ CAT.

If you do not live in a licensed residential setting and you have not received notification regarding reassessment, please email the Supports Program Help Desk.

Please Note:
• While it is important that the NJ CAT survey be completed as soon as possible for all individuals, at this time no firm deadline for survey completion has been identified.

• For individuals who do not live in a licensed residential setting: the NJ CAT survey can be completed online or over the phone. Neither method is preferred over the other.

• For individuals who live in a licensed residential setting (e.g., group home): the NJ CAT will be completed by the residential provider. 

To assist individuals, families and providers in better understanding the NJ CAT assessment, the Division has released a short pre-recorded webinar, Completing the NJ CAT.

09.10.15   Accessing Tier Assignment Information

Tier assignment information will not be released to providers, either individually or in aggregate format.

Once the NJ CAT survey is completed, an individual and/or his/her guardian may request the tier assignment information by completing and submitting the Request for Tier Assignment Form. Instructions for submitting online (preferred method) or via regular mail are included on the form.

Please Note: The tier assignment is not in effect until an individual has transitioned into the Medicaid-based, fee-for-service system.

For information regarding tiering and acuity, please see section 3.5 of the draft Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual.

   Dear Service Providers... (Both current and prospective!)

Enrollment into the Division's new Supports Program successfully began in July 2015 with a small cohort of individuals and will proceed on a person-by-person basis over the next 12-18 months.

The Division is actively recruiting service providers who have the capacity to offer high quality services in the community for New Jersey adults (age 21+) with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


• Browse our New Provider Welcome Packet
• View the archived webinar, Providing Services in the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities System: A Primer for New Providers
• Visit our Provider Portal page, where you can get started on your application to provide services

06.18.15   Important Announcement Regarding 2015 Graduates 

The Division is recommending that 2015 graduates in need of Division funded services enter into the system as soon as services are needed rather than waiting to be enrolled into the Supports Program once enrollment begins this July/Summer.

Once enrolled into the Supports Program, the individual will have to select service providers that have completed the provider application process and become an approved Medicaid and DDD provider.

While providers continue to submit applications and become approved, there are concerns that not enough providers have completed this process to ensure that individuals have a wide enough selection of providers at this time.

The Division anticipates that provider capacity will build over the summer and individuals in the system will be able to shift into the Supports Program within weeks to months of entering the system this summer.

06.08.15   Provider Pre-Service Training Update

Interim Pre-Service Training and Medication Administration Training  
Please note that the Division’s Interim Pre-Service Training System will be extended through December 31, 2015 to allow for a longer transition for accessing training in the current model.

Please also note that the Division’s requirement for all existing agency staff who administer medications to have completed an On-site Competency Assessment will be extended to September 30, 2015, at which time all existing staff in the agency who administer medications must have completed an On-site Competency Assessment.

Please see the full Provider Update and other pre-service training information on the Division's Pre-Service Training Requirements page.

05.18.15   2015 Graduates Timeline

The 2015 Graduates Aging Out of the School System Timeline provides an overview for young adults who will exhaust their educational entitlement by turning 21 years of age within the 2014-15 school year, and who wish to pursue Division-funded services.

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