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Priorities

Protection and advocacy program goals and priorities ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable populations are served and the most critical, far-reaching issues are addressed. Goals and priorities also assist DRNJ as it faces a demand for representation that often exceeds the resources of the P&A system.

DRNJ began a new priority cycle in the fiscal year starting October 1, 2014. In preparation for the development of new priorities, DRNJ distributed new priority rating surveys and conducted focus groups of people with disabilities, their families, professionals, health care and service providers and others about the needs of people with disabilities and the barriers to addressing those needs. The data collected was shared with our advisory groups and staff for development into priorities, goals and objectives, and finally approved by the DRNJ Governing Board at its September 2014 meeting.

If you would like to be provided with surveys, or if your group would like to host a focus group to help DRNJ modify or update its goals and priorities, please contact DRNJ's outreach office at 609-292-9742.

To access a priority survey, click the appropriate link below:

DRNJ's Priority Rating Survey

DRNJ's Priority Rating Survey in Spanish

Individuals can submit comments on DRNJ’s priorities in writing (210 S. Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608 or email advocate@drnj.org), over the phone (800-922-7233 toll-free in NJ only or 609-292-9742), and online at www.drnj.org.

Current Goals and Priorities (Revised September 2016)

Goals and priorities in effect through the 2017 fiscal year are listed below. Comments or questions regarding DRNJ's current priorities should be directed to DRNJ at 609-292-9742 or advocate@drnj.org.

GOAL 1 - ABUSE AND NEGLECT

PRIORITY: DISCHARGE FROM INSTITUTIONS

To ensure that individuals with disabilities in institutional settings are discharged to community settings with appropriate supports and services.

PRIORITY: INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

To ensure that the rights of individuals with disabilities in institutions and community settings are protected.

PRIORITY: UNUSUAL AND SUSPICIOUS DEATHS

To ensure that unusual and suspicious deaths of persons residing in state-operated or sponsored institutions and programs are appropriately investigated and responded to.

GOAL 2 - DISCRIMINATION

PRIORITY: HOUSING

To ensure that people with disabilities have greater access to accessible, affordable housing and experience decreased housing discrimination.

PRIORITY: EMPLOYMENT

To ensure that people with disabilities experience decreased employment discrimination and gain increased opportunities.

PRIORITY: VOTING

To ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity and can exercise the right to register and vote.

PRIORITY: PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES

To ensure that people with disabilities have non-discriminatory access to public accommodations and public entities.

GOAL 3 - COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

PRIORITY: COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

To ensure that people with disabilities have access to appropriate community-based supports and services to promote integration and independence.

PRIORITY: ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION

To improve the availability of accessible transportation for people with disabilities.

GOAL 4 - HEALTH CARE

PRIORITY: HEALTH CARE

To ensure that people with disabilities have access to appropriate health care services.

GOAL 4A - DECISION MAKING

PRIORITY: DECISION MAKING

To ensure that the rights of individuals with disabilities are protected through informed individual and/or surrogate decision making.

GOAL 5 - CHILDREN

PRIORITY: EDUCATION

To ensure that children with disabilities receive equal educational opportunities in the least restrictive setting appropriate to their needs.

PRIORITY: COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES AND SUPPORTS

To ensure that children with disabilities have access to appropriate community-based supports and services.

PRIORITY: BULLYING

To ensure that children with disabilities do not experience bullying in educational settings.

PRIORITY: SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE

To ensure that children with disabilities receive appropriate services and supports to oppose policies and practices that promote the school-to-prison pipeline.

GOAL 6 - ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

PRIORITY: STATE LEVEL ACTIVITIES

To conduct state level activities to increase awareness and acquisition of assistive technology.

PRIORITY: STATE LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

To conduct statewide leadership activities to increase awareness and enhance the use of assistive technology.

PRIORITY: COMMUNITY CHOICE FUND

To facilitate the discharge of people with disabilities and elderly residents of nursing homes to the community through access to assistive technology devices and services.

PRIORITY: ADVOCACY

To increase access to assistive technology through individual advocacy and legal representation.

GOAL 7 - EMPLOYMENT

PRIORITY: REHABILITATION SERVICES

To ensure that people with disabilities receive services on a timely basis consistent with the Rehabilitation Act.

PRIORITY: WORK-RELATED OVERPAYMENTS

To assist beneficiaries of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income who receive notices of work-related overpayments to contest disputed overpayment claims and obtain waivers of repayment as appropriate.

PRIORITY: TICKET TO WORK AND WORK INCENTIVES

To assist beneficiaries of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income to remove barriers to employment.

PRIORITY: EMPLOYMENT FIRST

To promote policies and practices that maximize employment potential in integrated settings for competitive wages.

PRIORITY: TRANSITION

To ensure that the state’s vocational rehabilitation programs maximize employment transition services for students and vocational rehabilitation clients transitioning from school to adult life

GOAL 8 - CONSUMER OUTREACH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING

PRIORITY: UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

To increase services to historically underserved urban, rural and minority persons with disabilities.

PRIORITY: EDUCATION AND TRAINING

To promote the education of consumers and their families regarding disability rights and issues.

PRIORITY: SELF-ADVOCACY

To promote consumer participation in self-advocacy and rights education and training.

 

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