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11.16.15 Consumer and Family Leadership Initiative
11.13.15 Housing Policies Update
11.02.15 Sixty-Day Comment Period Opened - "Moderate Security Unit"
10.28.15 CCW Proposed Amendments and Stakeholder Input Process
10.16.15 Timeline for 2016 Graduates Released
09.10.15 Mandatory NJ CAT Reassessment Underway
09.01.15 New Provider Welcome Packet
06.08.15 Provider Pre-Service Training Update

11.16.15 Consumer and Family Leadership Initiative
As part of its commitment to promoting stakeholder engagement the Division is establishing a monthly Consumer and Family Leadership (CFL) meeting that will consist of a small core group of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and family members. While details are still being finalized, the draft proposal for the CFL communications initiative is as follows: 

  • To convene a meeting once per month at the DDD Central Office in Hamilton with the Assistant Commissioner and members of the Division's Executive Management Team as needed and appropriate depending on the discussion agenda
  • To have the Division identify a core group of Consumer and Family Leadership (CFL) members representative of a diverse cross-section of the Division's overall constituency (e.g., different areas of the state, different disability types, different residential settings, etc.)
  • To publish/market the CFL meeting schedule and agenda so that individuals not identified as core CFL members have a regular opportunity to register for and attend CFL meetings
  • To alternate between a day-time meeting and an evening meeting, in order to accommodate as many participants as possible over the long term
  • To share a summary of monthly CFL meeting content with the broad stakeholder community

If you have an interest in being part of the core CFL group, please contact DDD Communications as soon as possible and no later than Friday, December 4, 2015.
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Over the past several years the Division has made - and plans to continue to make - a substantial investment in both capital financing as well funding for housing subsidies to fill in the gaps in the costs of housing.

The Supportive Housing Connection, a partnership between the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) and the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) launched in February 2015, is continuing in its role of coordinating available rental subsidy resources to meet the permanent supportive housing needs of residents with developmental disabilities and/or mental health issues. Division-funded housing subsidies are expected to be available, dependent upon resources, to individuals accessing services through both the Community Care Waiver (CCW) and the new Supports Program. Additional information about how to access these subsidies will be distributed very soon.

The Housing Policies Memorandum provides additional information regarding the Division's policies related to capital funding, sprinklers, and filling of existing contracted vacancies.
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The Proposed Readoption without Change for N.J.A.C 10:42B, entitled Moderate Security Unit, was published in the New Jersey Register on November 2, 2015. The sixty-day comment period ends January 1, 2016, and comments may be submitted by email to or by fax or postal mail per the instructions included in the proposal.
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10.28.15 CCW Proposed Amendments and Stakeholder Input Process

On October 23 and 28, the Division conducted a webinar, DDD's Community Care Waiver (CCW): An Informational Overview for Stakeholders, to (1) give a general overview of the Division's Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services waiver, (2) provide a status update regarding CCW renewal approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and (3) announce the Division's proposed amendments to the CCW.

Based on requests from stakeholders the Division has extended the stakeholder comment period through Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to the following address (and postmarked by 12.01.15):

CCW Stakeholder Input
NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities
PO Box 726
Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

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10.16.15 Timeline for 2016 Graduates Released
2016 Timeline for Graduates Aging Out of the School System provides an overview for young adults who will exhaust their educational entitlement by turning 21 years of age within the 2015-16 school year, and who wish to pursue Division-funded services.
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09.10.15 Mandatory NJ CAT Reassessment Underway
All individuals currently receiving services or eligible to receive services must be reassessed through completiion of the 
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 an individual has not received notification regarding NJ CAT 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.
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09.01.15 New Provider Welcome Packet
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.

See our
New Provider Welcome Packet or visit DDD's Provider Portal page.
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06.08.15 Provider Pre-Service Training Update
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 see the full 
Provider Update and other pre-service training information on the Division's Pre-Service Training Requirements page.
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