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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 29,000 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
  • autism
  • epilepsy
  • 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 Assistant Commissioner: Elizabeth Shea
Division Staff: +9500 (FT, PT, TES/Temporary Employment Services)

Information for Stakeholders
03/25/2014  - Information on the Closure of Developmental Centers

02/26/2014 - Self-Directed Respite
In order for DDD to review your request to temporarily extend Self Directed Respite services through March 31, 2014 it is necessary for you to complete the “Self Directed Respite Transition Plan” form and email it to through March 31, 2014 the form must be received by the Help Desk no later than March 15, 2014.

For continuation for requests to extend Self Directed Respite services beyond March 31, 2014, you will only need to submit an email  to the Help Desk for review no later than the 15th of the month for which you are requesting the extension; there is no need to submit an additional form unless the information or situation has changed. 

It is important that the Subject line of your email to the Help Desk include the county in which you live so that your message can be properly routed.

Click here for Self Directed Respite Transition Plan form

01/30/14 -Timeline for 2014 Graduates
Timeline for 2014 Graduates to Access Services/Supports after Graduation fact sheet.

12/23/13 - Self-Directed Respite
As of February 1st, the Division will no longer be able to support reimbursement directly to families for self-directed respite services. No services provided after January 31, 2014 will be reimbursed in this manner. This change is necessary as the Division moves in earnest toward implementation of a Medicaid based, fee-for-service model of service delivery. 

This does not mean that these services are being discontinued. The Division is working with each agency that provides self-directed respite services to plan what options will be available in place of this service. Every effort will be made to ensure that there is no interruption of services. Continuation of services, however, will depend on prompt responses from families identifying the option that will work best for their situation. Division Case Managers and Family Support Coordinators will be available to assist individuals and families should they have any questions or concerns during this transition.  Please be assured that the Division and agency partners are committed to trying to make this transition as seamless as possible for all those involved in this change.

Update – January 24, 2014 –

The Division has received several questions regarding whether the Division will consider exceptions to the enforcement of the February 1, 2014 deadline for individuals to transition their Self Directed Respite. Generally, no. However, the Division will review specific, individual cases and may continue Self Directed Respite on a temporary basis, if necessary, while the individual transitions to an alternate service option.

The Division has established an email Helpdesk account to receive communications with individuals and families through this transition process.  You can send emails to

12/09/13 -  Central Registry
A “Central Registry of Offenders against Individuals with Developmental Disabilities” was established in the Department of Human Services through bi-partisan legislative support and a law signed by Governor Chris Christie on April 30, 2010.  Additional Information can be found at Central Registry of Offenders against Individuals with Developmental Disabilities website.
The toll-free number to report abuse is 1-800-832-9173

12/02/13 - DD/MI Report
The Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder Treatment Work Group Report convened by the New Jersey Department of Human Services has now been posted on the Division of Mental Health Services website located under Managed Behavior Health Organization

10/28/13 - Letters of Interest
The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), within the Department of Human Services (DHS), is soliciting Letters of Interest from qualified providers interested in providing services and supports to individuals who will be residing in DDD-supported units at Project Freedom, Hopewell at 720 Denow Road, Pennington, NJ 08534. Letters will be accepted from private not-for-profit or for-profit qualified provider agencies. Providers must be qualified for all medical and behavioral levels. Project Freedom, Hopewell is an affordable housing project comprised of six two-story buildings totaling 72 units. The Division is seeking services and supports for 24 individuals in 10 accessible apartments: six two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units.

RLI Project Freedom
Sample Program Description - 2 person 
Sample Program Description - 3 person

09/13/2013 - Community Living Education RFP Question and Answers

08/23/2013 - Request for Proposal (RFP) 
Request for Proposal (RFP) has been listed to provide Community Living Education.  The Notice of Funding Availability can be found here listed as “Community Living Education.”  The application and RFP can be found here:  The proposal due date is Friday, October 4, 2013 by 5:00 pm.  There will be no formal bidders’ conference.  Please e-mail your questions to by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 using the subject heading “Community Living Education RFP Question”.  Responses to questions will be posted on the Division’s website on or about September 13, 2013.  Please see the RFP for more detailed information.

08/09/2013 -Invitation to Stakeholders to Provide Input
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) is working to develop a Participant Survey for individuals receiving DDD-funded services.  The purpose of the Survey would be to provide feedback to the Division about the quality of DDD-funded supports and services (including support coordination) as well as to help identify any issues related to access to services.   The Survey will eventually be distributed annually to individuals enrolled in the Community Care Waiver (CCW) as well as the Supports Program (SP).   The Division is actively soliciting input from stakeholders regarding the Survey.   Individuals are invited to provide specific suggestions for questions to include, as well as general themes you believe are important to include.   Input can be submitted to the Supports Program Help Desk at:  Please send feedback no later than August 31, 2013 and include “Participant Survey” in the subject line of your email.   

07/18/2013 - Letter regarding unusual incident reporting related to youth up to age 21

07/11/2013 - Community Care Waiver (CCW) Renewal PowerPoint Presentation

05/14-2013 - Update on DDD Funding for Sheltered Workshops
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 Information
7/2/2012 - Joint Statement from DHS Deputy Commissioner Dawn Apgar and DCF Deputy Commissioner Robert Sabreen 

REALIGNMENT: Supporting Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Waiting List Letters
The 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. 
Please contact your case manager if you have any questions related to the Waiting List.
For more information about the Community Care Waiver, please visit our website at:
Contact Us

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) 

195 Gateway
5 Commerce Way, Suite 100
Hamilton, N.J. 08691

mailing address:
P.O. Box 726
Trenton , N.J. 08625-0726

Toll Free: 1-800-832-9173

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