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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All meetings: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at:
2751 Brunswick Pike
For directions: http://www.mcl.org/branches/direct.html#law
Please see the attached "Dear Consumer" letter from DDD recently mailed to more than 2,500 individuals with I/DD who are NOT enrolled in Medicaid and are NOT receiving a DDD funded service. The letter is to inform the recipient their DDD file will be closed on March 31st 2015 if no action is taken.
There is concern some families who have received this letter may not understand the impact on their family member or the steps they may want to take to try and establish eligibility. Many factors can impact on an individual’s ability to become Medicaid eligible:
- Individual with I/DD may have assets that require a special needs trust in order to be Medicaid eligible;
- Individuals whom DDD refers to as "non-DACs": defined as a person with I/DD who never had SSI, and who is now receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) due to the work history of a parent who has retired, become disabled, or passed away. If that SSD benefit is too high to be Medicaid-eligible, then the person may be able to continue receiving DDD services -- but the caregiver must fill in the attached form and submit ASAP
Letter: CLICK HERE
Form: CLICK HERE
Send via email to DDD: DDD.MediEligHelpDesk@dhs.state.nj.us.
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. New Jersey's Transition Plan outlines the steps required to come into full compliance with the final rule by March 17, 2019 for Medicaid's New Jersey 1115 Comprehensive Waiver Demonstration and the 1915 (c) Community Care Waiver.
All states are required to submit their plan by March 17, 2015. A 30-day public comment period as part of Medicaid compliance with the HCBS setting requirements closed on February 26, 2015. 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 (includes Supports Program (SP), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pilot, and Comprehensive Waiver - Individuals with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities and a co-occurring Mental Illness (ID/DD-MI) pilot) and the 1915 (c) Community Care Waiver (CCW). Please go to the “CMS Information” link on this page for related documents and links: http://www.familysupportcoalition.org/cms-information.php
To improve Division communication to constituents, community partners and other stakeholders, DDD has launched an inclusive e-news bulletin that will be distributed to subscribers on an as-needed basis. To subscribe, please send an email to: DDD.Communications@dhs.state.nj.us.