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The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has been providing and funding services for state residents with developmental disabilities since 1959. These supports and services are provided by more than 280 agencies in communities throughout the state, or in seven residential developmental centers that are administered by DDD.
Since the division was created, the system that serves individuals with developmental disabilities has changed and grown significantly. Today, nearly 28,000 adults are eligible to receive services funded by the division. Most DDD-eligible individuals live in the community, either with family or in a community residence such as a group home or supervised apartment or in a Community Care Residence with a family caregiver. Approximately 2,300 reside within the seven developmental centers operated by DDD.
Some conditions that might be considered a developmental disability include:
- intellectual disabilities
- cerebral palsy
- spina bifida
- traumatic brain injuries and
- certain neurological impairments.
For more information and to begin the application process for DDD eligibility, please go to Applying for DDD Services.
Division Budget: +$1.5 billion (state and federal funds)
Division Director: Vacant (Deputy Commissioner Dawn Apgar serving as Interim Director)
Division Staff: +9500 (FT, PT, TES/Temporary Employment Services)
Information for StakeholdersUpdate on DDD Funding for Sheltered Workshops – May 14, 2013
The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) announced in early 2013 its intention to align sheltered workshops with the Division’s new Supports Program. As stated by Commissioner Velez during the Senate Budget hearing on May 1, 2013, the Division is currently exploring the option of transferring funding for sheltered workshops to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) in the Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOL). DVRS already provides funding for sheltered workshops for individuals with developmental disabilities statewide, holding contracts with many of the same sheltered workshop providers as the Division. The Division is currently working to gather the necessary data to identify contracts to move over to DVRS. It is important to note that individuals and their families will not experience any changes at this time and there will be no disruption in services related to this policy.
05/10/13 - DDD Rate Setting Information
2/18/13 - Medicaid Eligibility and DDD
1/22/13 - Determination of Eligibility (Fact Sheet/Division Circular #3)
Effective January 22, 2013, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) eligibility regulations have changed to require Medicaid eligibility as a condition of receiving Division-funded services.
New information regarding the DDD Supports Program is now available.
Visit the Important Resources page for new information on the Supports Program and to view a draft of the Self-Directed Services Policies and Procedures Manual.
Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Information7/2/2012 - Joint Statement from DHS Deputy Commissioner Dawn Apgar and DCF Deputy Commissioner Robert Sabreen
REALIGNMENT: Supporting Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Waiting List LettersThe Department of Human Services' Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) maintains the Community Care Waiver Waiting List (Waiting List) and is making an effort to provide an annual update to all individuals who are in the Priority Category of the Waiting List regarding their status. Letters will not be sent to individuals in the General Category of the Waiting List.