The Family Support Coalition of New Jersey is an advocacy network made up of families who care for a family member with an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) and provider agencies throughout the state. The Family Support Coalition supports the power of families and individuals with I/DD to shape policies that impact their lives.
February 9, April 26, June 14, September 27, October 25, and December 13
All meetings: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at:
2751 Brunswick Pike
For directions: http://www.mcl.org/branches/direct.html#law
Direct Support Workforce Crisis Website Now Live
The website is a project of the Direct Support Workforce Crisis Workgroup and is intended to raise awareness and serve as a resource: http://directsupportcrisis.org
This information can assist in advocacy efforts. A summary of the FY 2017 proposed budget and additional information can be found under the FSC in Action tab to the left. Please consider submitting testimony to the Assembly and Senate budget committees in support of the items Governor Christie has included in the proposed budget that focus on individuals with I/DD as well as highlighting the DSP workforce crisis through March and April.
Below are links to the committee members. Please send a copy of your testimony to the Chair of each committee at minimum and if possible all committee members!
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chair: Paul Sarlo http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/bio.asp?Leg=223
For a full list of the members go to: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/committees/senate.asp
Assembly Budget Committee Chair: Gary Schaer http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=258
For a full list of the members go to: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/committees/assembly.asp
For up-to-date information on the status of Statewide Transition Plans please click on CMS INFORMATION tab to the left.
Webinars geared to assist students with I/DD, their families, and school personnel in understanding the DDD system and how to prepare to access needed services after exiting the school system are available on the DDD website.
To view any of the Division’s archived webinars and to register for upcoming webinars, please visit the DDD Webinars page.
NJ CAT (New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool)
All individuals eligible to receive and/or currently receiving Division-funded services must complete the NJ CAT.
Individuals applying for Division-funded services the first time complete the NJ CAT as part of the Intake process. The DDD Intake process, including completion of the NJ CAT, can be completed any time after an individual turns 18 (NOTE: Division-funded services are not available until age 21). Students turning 21 and transitioning out of school can complete the NJ CAT in the fall/winter of their last year of school.
NOTE: During transition to a fee-for-service system, individuals who had already been receiving DDD services or who had been determined eligible to receive services were notified that it was necessary for them to be reassessed through the NJ CAT. If you have not received any notification, please contact the Supports Program Help Desk by clicking HERE
Results are summarized based on the following areas: self-care, behavior, and medical and converted into a score which determines each individual's “tier” assignment (Tier A-E and F in very rare cases). In addition, an acuity differentiated factor may be added for individuals with high medical and/or behavioral clinical support needs (Tiers Aa, Ba, Ca, Da, Ea and Fa). Tier assignments will be used to determine level of support needs and individual budgets.
The NJ CAT is completed one of two ways: Online via a password protected link that is sent to the survey informant from Rutgers DDPI or over the telephone with a representative from Rutgers DDPI. Click HERE to view/download the NJ CAT assessment prior to completing the actual assessment.
To obtain individual-specific tier assignments, individuals/families must submit a request form to DDD. At least 30 days after completion of the NJ CAT, a Request for Tier Assignment Form must be uploaded, completed and submitted via a secure online site or by printing and mailing it to the address below.
Submit Online (preferred method):
Submit By Mail:
Tier Assignment Request
NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities
PO Box 726
Trenton, NJ 08625-0726
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