The Family Support Act
was signed into law March 29, 1993. It made the Division of Developmental
Disabilities responsible for creating a system of family support
that is flexible, strengthens and supports families at home, and
empowers families to meet their loved one's needs.
The Family Support Act supports the underlying premise
that families are the best judges of what they need. Family
Support* means serving the person with a disability AND
the entire family. It means not leaving anyone out
of the picture.
The Family Support
- cash subsidies
- communication and interpreter services
- counseling and crisis intervention
- day care
- equipment and supplies
- home and vehicle modifications
- homemaker assistance
- medical and dental care
- personal assistance services
- respite care
- self-advocacy training
- therapeutic or nursing services
- vouchers for services
Family Support allows
the families to:
- choose, control and monitor their own services
- exchange vouchers for services they choose
- receive cash subsidies to purchase services
- decide what services they need.
The Family Support law also created Regional Family
Support Planning Councils. The Councils make recommendations to
a Family Support Coordinator, under the direction of the New Jersey
Developmental Disabilities Council.
assistance is provided as resources permit.