The Family Support Coalition of New Jersey is devoted to promoting the development and improvement of Family Support Services for families that are caring at home for a family member with a developmental disability.
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2751 Brunswick Pike
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on January 16, 2014 to ensure that Medicaid's home and community-based services (HCBS) programs provide full access to the benefits of community living and offer services in the most integrated settings. All states are required to create a Medicaid Home and Community Based Services State Transition Plan (STP) that will demonstrate how the State intends to comply with new federal guidelines. New Jersey’s proposed plan outlines the steps needed to come into full compliance by March 17, 2019 for its New Jersey 1115 Comprehensive Waiver Demonstration and the 1915 (c) Community Care Waiver (CCW). All states are required to submit their proposed STP by March 17, 2015.
New Jersey provided a draft of the STP on January 26, 2015 for a 30-day public comment period as part of Medicaid compliance with the HCBS setting requirements. Families provided input at public input sessions and through written comments to the Department of Human Services (DHS) and their legislators. The State requested a 30-day extension in order to address the extensive comments from families and providers and the major impact the plan will have on the lives of individuals and their families. The State is currently revising the draft based on the comments submitted by stakeholders. The STP will change the way the developmental disability system serves our most vulnerable citizens in New Jersey. In order to develop a comprehensive plan that reflects thoughtful consideration of the issues/concerns raised by stakeholders we must be involved in the process of revising the STP.
The extension period provides an opportunity to provide additional feedback. As a stakeholder, you may consider asking the State to make the revised STP public before the final submission is sent to CMS. You may want to notify DHS, your local legislators and legislators who sit on the Human Services committees about the need for transparency in the preparation of the STP by highlighting how the STP will impact on the life of your family member. You may also want to restate the need for stakeholders to collaborate with DHS in further revisions of the STP as many advocates noted the lack of stakeholder input on the initial draft.
You may write via email to: Commissioner Elizabeth.Connolly@dhs.state.nj.us and Deputy Commissioner Dawn Apgar Dawn.Apgar@dhs.state.nj.us or send a letter to Commissioner Elizabeth Connolly and Deputy Commissioner Apgar NJ Department of Human Services P.O. Box 700 Trenton, NJ 08625-0700.
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Please go to the “CMS Information” link on this page for related documents and links: http://www.familysupportcoalition.org/cms-information.php
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