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08.24.15   Live Supports Program Q&A Sessions Offered

The Division is hosting a series of Live Supports Program Q&A Sessions to provide an opportunity for individuals, families, support coordination agencies, and providers to ask questions and share issues related to the launch of the Supports Program, hosted by Jennifer Joyce, Director, Supports Program and Employment Services.

Live Web-based Sessions will be held Fridays from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM on the following dates:

• August 28, 2015
• September 4, 2015

Register Now for a Live Supports Program Q&A Session



07.30.15   Supports Program Enrollment Underway 

Enrollment into the Division's new Supports Program successfully began in July with a small cohort of individuals and will proceed on a person-by-person basis over the next 12-18 months.

All individuals currently receiving services or eligible to receive services are being notified regarding completion of the mandatory NJ CAT survey.
 


07.01.15   Invitation Extended to New Service Providers

With the anticipated launch of the Supports Program and implementation of the Medicaid-based, Fee-for-Service System in July 2015, the Division is actively recruiting providers who have the interest and capacity to offer high quality services in the community for New Jersey adults (age 21+) with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We invite current and prospective providers and other community partners to review and share our New Provider Welcome Packet, which includes a link to the webinar, Providing Services in the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities System: A Primer for New Providers.

To learn more or to begin the application process, please visit the Division's Provider Portal page.



06.18.15   Accessing Tier Assignment Information

As previously announced, in order to ensure that we have the most current and accurate information about individuals’ support needs prior to shifting into the new Fee-for-Service system, the Division is reassessing all individuals utilizing the New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT).

To assist individuals, families and providers in better understanding the NJ CAT assessment, the Division has released a short pre-recorded webinar, Completing the NJ CAT.

Once an individual has gone through the NJ CAT, he/she will be able to access his/her “tier” assignment (which is utilized to determine the budget level) by completing and submitting the Request for Tier Assignment Form.

To Submit Online (preferred method):   
1. Complete the Request for Tier Assignment Form 
2. Save (or scan, if necessary) to your computer files
3. Go to the secure site: https://secureupload.dhs.state.nj.us/su/ 
4. Enter Contact (Requestor’s) Name, Phone Number and Email Address
5. Select “Request Tier” from the DDD SU Unit dropdown menu
6. Upload the completed Request for Tier Assignment Form
7. Press Submit  

To Submit by Mail:
Tier Assignment Request
NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities
PO Box 726
Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

Please note: due to the high volume of assessments being conducted, we expect it may take 60 – 90 days from completion of the NJ CAT in order for an individual to access this tiering information.



06.18.15   Important Announcement Regarding 2015 Graduates 

The Division is recommending that 2015 graduates in need of Division funded services enter into the system as soon as services are needed rather than waiting to be enrolled into the Supports Program once enrollment begins this July/Summer.

Once enrolled into the Supports Program, the individual will have to select service providers that have completed the provider application process and become an approved Medicaid and DDD provider.

While providers continue to submit applications and become approved, there are concerns that not enough providers have completed this process to ensure that individuals have a wide enough selection of providers at this time.

The Division anticipates that provider capacity will build over the summer and individuals in the system will be able to shift into the Supports Program within weeks to months of entering the system this summer.



06.08.15   Provider Pre-Service Training Update

Interim Pre-Service Training and Medication Administration Training  
Please note that the Division’s Interim Pre-Service Training System will be extended through December 31, 2015 to allow for a longer transition for accessing training in the current model.

Please also note that the Division’s requirement for all existing agency staff who administer medications to have completed an On-site Competency Assessment will be extended to September 30, 2015, at which time all existing staff in the agency who administer medications must have completed an On-site Competency Assessment.

Please see the full Provider Update and other pre-service training information on the Division's Pre-Service Training Requirements page.



05.18.15   2015 Graduates Timeline

The 2015 Graduates Aging Out of the School System Timeline provides an overview for young adults who will exhaust their educational entitlement by turning 21 years of age within the 2014-15 school year, and who wish to pursue Division-funded services.

 
 
 
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