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PerformCare is Now Accepting Requests for Summer Camp Financial Assistance

The New Jersey Children's System of Care within the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which serves children and youth up to age 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is now accepting requests from families for financial assistance toward the 2018 summer camp session. Requests MUST be postmarked or received by PerformCare no later than April 30, 2018.

For more information, go to http://www.thearcfamilyinstitute.org/file_download/inline/0f89a4a8-93a9-490c-928f-018f3c57308d

State Rehabilitation Council – NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 2018 Public Forums

The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS) and its State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) will be conducting public forums during the month of March. Your input during these forum(s) helps DVRS and SRC develop the State Plan as mandated by the WIOA, and to review topical issues impacting consumers, vendor communications and dialogue with employers. Your voice is extremely important to both DVRS and SRC and will help to mold program delivery and policy to ensure that people with disabilities receive rehabilitation services that result in employment.

For information about the forums, including dates and locations, click here.

To register for a forum, http://nj.gov/labor/lwdhome/content/electronicforms/public_forums.html

New Bill Introduced - Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act

A new bill has been introduced in Congress that would protect people with disabilities from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Watch this video to learn more about what you can do to help protect people with disabilities.
https://www.facebook.com/rootedinrights/videos/1625463714209245/

Scholarship Opportunities

The Board of Trustees of The New Jersey Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CBVI) is now accepting applications for the awarding of five scholarships to individuals who are blind, vision impaired or deaf-blind.

To be eligible, applicants of any age must be registered to receive services from the CBVI and be a consumer soon-to-be enrolled in an institution of higher learning, which includes a 2 or 4-year college, community college, trade school, business school, graduate school or any accredited higher education institution. The Scholarship Committee will review every application and select the awardees.

Information on the scholarships to be awarded and the application instructions can be found at the CBVI web site: www.cbvi.nj.gov/scholarships.html

Completed applications, including the submission of all required supporting documentation, must be submitted to: The NJCBVI Scholarship Committee, 153 Halsey St. 6th Floor, Newark, NJ 07101- 47017, or E-mailed to: CBVI.Scholarship@dhs.state.nj.us by March 21, 2018.

DRNJ Responds to Widespread Interruption of Delivery of Self-Directed Waiver Services

New Jersey's Department of Human Services (DHS) operates self-directed programs for the delivery of home and community based services. These waivers allow Medicaid beneficiaries to directly hire, fire and manage their own staffing, with funding provided under these waivers. Two of these programs are the Division of Developmental Disabilities' (DDD) Self-Directed option and the Division of Disability Services' (DDS) Personal Preference Program (PPP).

Until the summer of 2017, each program contracted for its own fiscal intermediary services to assist consumers and family members with payroll, tax withholding and budget management. In early 2017, DHS awarded the fiscal intermediary contract to Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL), a subsidiary of Public Consulting Group.

Since PPL assumed the role of fiscal intermediary, beneficiaries and families have reported to DRNJ widespread interruptions to the delivery of waiver services, including problems with incorrect, inconsistent, and missing payments for services, non-responsive customer service, and poor communication about significant changes that affect the implementation of these services.

In November 2017, in response to numerous reports from beneficiaries and family members, DRNJ filed a complaint with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A copy of the complaint may be found here.

In January 2018, DRNJ sent a letter to departing DHS Commissioner Elizabeth Connelly, detailing the complaints and seeking her direct intervention. A copy of the letter may be found here.

During this time, DRNJ staff have worked tirelessly with the Family Support Councils, intervened in dozens of individual cases, and coordinated efforts with the Developmental Disabilities Council and ABCD's coalition of support coordinators.

Most recently, DRNJ met with then Governor-Elect, now Governor Murphy's transition team to apprise them of the ongoing problems. They have committed to addressing this as a priority, with plans to brief the incoming administrations in Human Services, Policy, and Treasury, with follow up expected in February.

For customer service and escalation process information about PPL click here

NJ AT Resource Guide

National Disability Institute posts a NJ AT Resource guide on-line. In addition, a financial education Orientation session is available to agencies and individuals around AT as an asset building strategy. Affordable loans from $500 - $30,000 are available for the purchase of AT including home/vehicle modification, hearing aids, computers, sports equipment, etc. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/NDI-AT-Loan

ATAC Awards Funding for New AT Projects

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ has announced grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology services and devices in New Jersey.

For more information about the grant awards, go to http://www.drnj.org/atac/?cat=4

 

 

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