NJ STATE (AND UNION COUNTY) RESOURCES
FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
**FOR ALL STUDENTS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE:
(877) 652-7624, http://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/csc/
To complete DCF/CSOC application:www.performcarenj.org/families/forms.aspx or you may call the number above to request paper application via mail; you can then return it to:
Perform Care New Jersey, Attention: DD Eligibility Unit, 300 Horizon Drive, Suite 306, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691-1919.
**Please Note: If applying for the first time after age 18, you must first apply to the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and if found eligible, they will forward the application to DCF.
DCF Services Offered to Eligible Children with Developmental Disabilities:
*Summer Camp Opportunities: Applications for camp assistance can be found at the PerformCare website; check back in March 2020 for updates. PROJECTED DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
The CSOC Summer Camp Services 2020: A Guide for Families:
*Respite Services: Provides family caregivers with a short period of rest/relief by arranging alternate care-giving; it is usually provided by an agency that contracts with the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) and may include after-school activities, weekend recreational activities, a short-term placement in a licensed setting, or in-home/self-directed respite.
*Assistive Technology Devices (ATD): These are used to increase, maintain, or improve an individual’s functional capabilities and may include materials that make the environment more accessible, allowing the individual to compete in the workplace and enhance independence. Families must seek three competitive bids, and the device must be prescribed by a physician or therapist; individual must have received a denial from their insurance carrier, including Medicaid, and may receive no more than $11,000 for ATD over a 3-year period.
*Home and Vehicle Modifications: These are removable, structural modifications (such as ramps, grab-bars, etc…), and individuals may receive no more than $11,000 for home/vehicle modifications over a 3-year period.
**FOR STUDENTS OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE
(Services are only for adults who have a developmental disability):
DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (DDD):
110 East 5th Street, Plainfield, NJ 07060, (908) 226-7800, www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/
To complete the DDD Application for Eligibility for DDD-funded services:
Please visit the main DDD application page here.
DDD services offered to eligible adults may include: Assistive technology, behavior supports, career planning, cognitive rehabilitation, community-based supports, community inclusion services, day habilitation, environmental modifications, fiscal management services (Fiscal Intermediary), goods and services, interpreter services, natural supports training, occupational therapy, Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), physical therapy, prevocational training, respite, speech language & hearing therapy, support coordination, supported employment – individual and/or small group, supports brokerage, transportation, and vehicle modifications.
NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT): During the intake process, the student's parent/guardian must complete the NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT); this survey is used to determine needed postsecondary supports as well as the amount of money that will be allotted for your individualized budget.
Please contact Ron Wasserman, DDD Intake, at (908) 226-7802, for more information about the NJ CAT.
Watch an archived NJ CAT webinar: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluCSo5kFWk.
(Services are for adults who may be seeking
some additional vocational supports):
DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES (DVRS):
New Jersey Department of Labor, 921 Elizabeth Avenue, 3rd Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07201,
If you wish to contact the Vocational Counselor at DVRS that has been assigned to our district, please contact Ms. Esther Phillip at the above telephone number or you may email her at Esther.Phillip@dol.nj.gov.
DVRS REFERRAL PACKET: \DVRS Forms.pdf
If you are interested in applying for eligibility from DVRS prior to graduation and with the support of your CST Case Manager and/or a Transition Coordinator, please visit the link above for more information. The "DVRS Referral Form," along with a signed and notarized "Authorization to Release Information," may be submitted to the student's Child Study Team Case Manager; upon receipt, they will then forward the student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), Psychological, and Educational Reports, to DVRS on your behalf.
DVRS works to assist students with disabilities who may require services in order to prepare for, get, and keep a job. The ultimate goal is to create a smooth transition from school to work, so that upon graduation, a student is prepared to begin work and/or postsecondary training that lead to competitive employment. Updated testing (Psychological and Educational evaluations) is required within two years of graduation to determine the student’s current interests and abilities. Once found eligible, DVRS may provide counseling/guidance to current high school students, as well as help the student/family develop goals and objectives for an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).
**Please Note: Expenses for medical services, training, supplies, tools, and/or equipment are based on the individual’s income/ability to pay. In some cases, DVRS may be able to assist the student in funding their college/vocational school education, paying for books, and/or providing a monthly reduced-fare bus pass.
For more information about these three agencies (DCF, DDD, and DVRS),
as well as some additional NJ state/local transition-related resources, please visit:
ADDITIONAL TRANSITION-RELATED INFORMATION
New Brochure of Guardianship and Alternatives
NJ Department of Education
Long Term Planning and Legal Matters for People with Disabilities, NJ:
**Papers to obtain guardianship of the person and estate:
**Papers to obtain guardianship of (only) the person:
Mental Health Association in Union County: https://www.mhanj.org/mhanj-in-union-county/
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment:
Paving the Way: Parent Tips for Supporting Success in High School and Beyond
Are you a teen looking for a summer job?
Check out the Youth Employment Pathways Progream (YEPP) Summer Initiative: \YEPP.pdf