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In April, 2012, recognizing the opportunity to increase the number of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the general workforce, Governor Chris Christie declared New Jersey an Employment First state.

The Employment First initiative
- presumes that people with disabilities can and should work.
- creates an expectation that people with disabilities, like everyone else, will have to "opt out" of employment rather than "opt in".
- provides a fundamental change in philosophy, policy and resources related to employment of people with disabilities. 

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities has embraced Employment First and made employment in the general workforce a priority through a number of activities, supports and policies.

New Jersey's System of Employment Services and Supports

One-Stop Career Centers  
   (NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
   (NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI)
   (NJ Department of Human Services)

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
   (NJ Department of Human Services)

Current Employment Services

Supported Employment

Expansion of Employment Services in Fee for Service System

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities is in the process of transitioning from a contract-based model of provider reimbursement to a Medicaid-based, fee-for-service model (see Fee for Service Implementation).

The system-wide shift to Fee for Service (FFS) is expected to take place in July, 2015. Once the new system is in place, adults seeking Division-funded services, including employment services, must be enrolled on one of two Medicaid waiver programs: the Supports Program or the Community Care Waiver (CCW). 

This shift will enable the expansion of employment services to include Supported Employment (individual and group), Career Planning, and Prevocational Training. To learn more about the services that will be available, please review the Supports Program Service Definitions and Qualifications and the Draft Community Care Waiver Service Definitions and Qualifications.

To access services in the Fee for Service system, including employment services, all participants must maintain Medicaid eligibility.  

Employment Services Policy Manual

The Standards for Supported Employment Services Manual, 2007 establishes standards for the provision of supported employment services to people with developmental disabilities (replacing the July, 2002 Supported Employment and Day Program Manual). In addition to the provisions outlined in the 2007 Manual, Division-contracted Supported Employment Service Providers will follow the provisions set forth in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Administrative Code 12:51-8.

Glossary of Terms
Supported Employment Vendors


A (1) - Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) [DVRS, DDD & CBVI] 
A (2) - Interagency Wage & Hour Division
A (3) - DDD Personal Rights Document
A (4) - Continuous Quality Improvement System Description Template 
A (5) - Individual Habilitation Plan (IHP) 
A (6) - Supported Employment Flow Chart


F (1) - Intervention Plan & Service Log 
F (2) - Supported Employment Monthly Report 
F (3) - DVRS/CBVI Determination Form
F (4) - Orientation Checklist 
F (5) - Monthly Individual Attendance & Service Hour Report
F (6) - Non-Referral to DVRS or CBVI Form 
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