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State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,899,339 8,938,175 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 44,447 434,368 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,589 170,279 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,816,311 3,913,966 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.58% 39.20% 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.06% 76.49% 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 6.60% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80% 10.40% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 433,985 425,045 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 501,848 504,432 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 666,019 672,309 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 151,509 146,084 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,378 147,481 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,395 3,225 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,301 36,711 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 20,930 19,596 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 51,567 51,375 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,937 6,988 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 201,536 203,208 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,051 76,163 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 172,434 175,360 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 273,442 279,646 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40% 27.20% 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40% 4.40% 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 1.70% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,930 1,842 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,324 5,531 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,340 2,150 2,376
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,946 3,540 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 42 44 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 28 33 17
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 67.00% 79.00% 65.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.32 0.37 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,073
6,826
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 42 49 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 862 941 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,348 1,380 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,251 2,136 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,858 1,811 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 712 509 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.20% 31.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,720 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 304,077 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 2 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 189 186 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 0.00% 11.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 2,655 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 7,603 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.00 14.50 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 47.50% 45.85% 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 17.50% 16.12% 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.80% 7.65% 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.54% 90.41% 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 44.30% 49.24% 51.88%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 73.10% 74.05% 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 84.40% 84.07% 87.76%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.80% 24.81% 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 66 53 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 59 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 31 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 5,977 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 373 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,381 7,052

 


New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities: Service Definitions - 11/27/2012

This document defines all of the services provided by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. The services include career planning, community-based supports, assistive technology and community inclusion supports, among many others.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment Position Statement - 04/26/2012

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities commends and supports the April 26, 2012 announcement by Governor Christie that the State of New Jersey's has adopted an "Employment First" policy. It is the position of the Council that integrated, competitive employment should be:   1. the first option considered when developing individual services for people with developmental disabilities; and   2. the preferred outcome of services provided by the Departments of Education, Human Services, Labor & Workforce Development, and Law & Public Safety.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Statement - 04/19/2012

“People with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, shrinks enrollment in entitlement programs, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan for Creating a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities - 02/15/2008

During the final year of the DiscoverAbility NJ project, New Jersey became an Employment First state and joined the national State Employment Leadership Network (SELN). Nonprofit community service providers assist people with disabilities with a wide range of needs, including finding employment, and comprise a large part of the workforce in New Jersey that assists people with disabilities in finding employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Special Education Transition Requirements – NJ Administrative Code 6A-14 - 09/05/2006

(34) Transition services. The term "transition services" means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that— (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and (C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Five-Year Career and Technical Education State Plan - 07/01/2006

”The OCTE will work collaboratively with the NJDOE Division of Student Services, Office of Special Education Programs, to ensure that people with disabilities are an integral part of the labor force in New Jersey and are active and valuable participants in the economic growth and vitality of the State. In so doing, the OCTE will support the finalization and implementation of Discoverability NJ – New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Improve the Competitive Employment of People with Disabilities. In this regard, the OCTE will work to support the State’s efforts to enhance job and career opportunities for people with disabilities, reform delivery systems and create partnerships among people with disabilities, their families, employers, as well as the public sector and service organizations to meet New Jersey’s critical workforce needs.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Plan for Independent Living (2016-2019)

Goal #5: To increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially for youth transitioning to adult life, the SILC and CILs will support/promote the It’s All About Work Program and, as possible, similar Work First-related activities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Five-Year Plan (2012-2017)

AREA OF EMPHASIS: Employment   Goal: To promote career development, employment and lifelong learning for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey.   Objectives:    1. To increase job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities which pay real wages    2. Expand transportation options for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey to make available community resources and experiences such as volunteering, social interaction, employment preparation and employment.    3. Increase awareness concerning employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities so they and their families have higher expectations of their employability.    4. Support the work of the Alliance for Full Participation.    5. To have New Jersey become an "Employment First" state.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes. Partners include Governor’s Office, Commissioners of Human Services and Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, Department of Personnel, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth. Disabilities at Work Radio Show: Through the New Jersey Business Leadership network (BLN), DiscoverAbility NJ produces a weekly internet radio show spotlighting businesses that support people with disabilities in employment. The show also highlights people with disabilities, service providers, research, and promising practices in helping people with disabilities get to work. Disability Supplier Diversity Program: With the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the New Jersey BLN, DiscoverAbility NJ is working to officially certify disability-owned businesses and prepare them to be suppliers for large corporations. Four businesses have been certified as Disability-Owned in 2010.  The State Employment and Training Commission (SETC): The SETC conducts regional meetings with public workforce officials around the goals of DiscoverAiblity NJ. The SETC facilitates knowledge exchange from partnerships between regional colleagues. Disability Issues Committee: The Disabilities Issues Committee provides a disability perspective to State workforce policy. The meetings are open to the public and are held monthly Study of Employment Service Providers: DiscoverAbility NJ is partnering with TransCen, Inc. to explore employment service provider characteristics, attitudes and beliefs toward employers and the employment process in order to determine how these beliefs and values contribute to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. TransCen, Inc has identified focus group participants, developed focus groups protocols and planned four focus group meetings. Postsecondary Improved Access and Career Awareness Model Pilot: DiscoverAbility NJ has engaged the Rutgers University offices of Disability Services and Career Services to form closer working relationships to lead to better employment options for students with disabilities. An internship program with the New Jersey Department of Human Services is currently being planned.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations

New Jersey Community Housing with Support Grant - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

This web site contains a wide array of articles, handouts, success stories, blogs and other resources, designed to support the profusion of Customized Employment in New Jersey.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training. 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Renewal Waiver (0031.R01.00) - 10/01/2008

“Provides case management, day hab, individual supports, respite, supported employment, community transition, support coordination, assistive technology devices, environmental and vehicle adaptations, PERS, transportation for individuals w/MR, DD, autism ages 0 - no max age.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,899,339 8,938,175 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 44,447 434,368 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,589 170,279 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,816,311 3,913,966 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.58% 39.20% 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.06% 76.49% 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 6.60% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80% 10.40% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 433,985 425,045 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 501,848 504,432 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 666,019 672,309 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 151,509 146,084 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,378 147,481 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,395 3,225 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,301 36,711 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 20,930 19,596 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 51,567 51,375 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,937 6,988 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 201,536 203,208 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,051 76,163 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 172,434 175,360 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 273,442 279,646 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40% 27.20% 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40% 4.40% 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 1.70% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,930 1,842 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,324 5,531 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,340 2,150 2,376
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,946 3,540 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 42 44 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 28 33 17
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 67.00% 79.00% 65.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.32 0.37 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,073
6,826
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 42 49 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 862 941 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,348 1,380 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,251 2,136 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,858 1,811 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 712 509 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.20% 31.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,720 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 304,077 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 2 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 189 186 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 0.00% 11.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 2,655 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 7,603 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.00 14.50 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 47.50% 45.85% 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 17.50% 16.12% 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.80% 7.65% 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.54% 90.41% 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 44.30% 49.24% 51.88%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 73.10% 74.05% 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 84.40% 84.07% 87.76%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.80% 24.81% 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 66 53 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 59 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 31 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 5,977 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 373 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,381 7,052

 

Legislation


New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Orders


New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities: Service Definitions - 11/27/2012

This document defines all of the services provided by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. The services include career planning, community-based supports, assistive technology and community inclusion supports, among many others.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment Position Statement - 04/26/2012

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities commends and supports the April 26, 2012 announcement by Governor Christie that the State of New Jersey's has adopted an "Employment First" policy. It is the position of the Council that integrated, competitive employment should be:   1. the first option considered when developing individual services for people with developmental disabilities; and   2. the preferred outcome of services provided by the Departments of Education, Human Services, Labor & Workforce Development, and Law & Public Safety.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Statement - 04/19/2012

“People with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, shrinks enrollment in entitlement programs, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan for Creating a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities - 02/15/2008

During the final year of the DiscoverAbility NJ project, New Jersey became an Employment First state and joined the national State Employment Leadership Network (SELN). Nonprofit community service providers assist people with disabilities with a wide range of needs, including finding employment, and comprise a large part of the workforce in New Jersey that assists people with disabilities in finding employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Special Education Transition Requirements – NJ Administrative Code 6A-14 - 09/05/2006

(34) Transition services. The term "transition services" means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that— (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and (C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Five-Year Career and Technical Education State Plan - 07/01/2006

”The OCTE will work collaboratively with the NJDOE Division of Student Services, Office of Special Education Programs, to ensure that people with disabilities are an integral part of the labor force in New Jersey and are active and valuable participants in the economic growth and vitality of the State. In so doing, the OCTE will support the finalization and implementation of Discoverability NJ – New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Improve the Competitive Employment of People with Disabilities. In this regard, the OCTE will work to support the State’s efforts to enhance job and career opportunities for people with disabilities, reform delivery systems and create partnerships among people with disabilities, their families, employers, as well as the public sector and service organizations to meet New Jersey’s critical workforce needs.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Plan for Independent Living (2016-2019)

Goal #5: To increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially for youth transitioning to adult life, the SILC and CILs will support/promote the It’s All About Work Program and, as possible, similar Work First-related activities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Five-Year Plan (2012-2017)

AREA OF EMPHASIS: Employment   Goal: To promote career development, employment and lifelong learning for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey.   Objectives:    1. To increase job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities which pay real wages    2. Expand transportation options for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey to make available community resources and experiences such as volunteering, social interaction, employment preparation and employment.    3. Increase awareness concerning employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities so they and their families have higher expectations of their employability.    4. Support the work of the Alliance for Full Participation.    5. To have New Jersey become an "Employment First" state.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes. Partners include Governor’s Office, Commissioners of Human Services and Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, Department of Personnel, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth. Disabilities at Work Radio Show: Through the New Jersey Business Leadership network (BLN), DiscoverAbility NJ produces a weekly internet radio show spotlighting businesses that support people with disabilities in employment. The show also highlights people with disabilities, service providers, research, and promising practices in helping people with disabilities get to work. Disability Supplier Diversity Program: With the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the New Jersey BLN, DiscoverAbility NJ is working to officially certify disability-owned businesses and prepare them to be suppliers for large corporations. Four businesses have been certified as Disability-Owned in 2010.  The State Employment and Training Commission (SETC): The SETC conducts regional meetings with public workforce officials around the goals of DiscoverAiblity NJ. The SETC facilitates knowledge exchange from partnerships between regional colleagues. Disability Issues Committee: The Disabilities Issues Committee provides a disability perspective to State workforce policy. The meetings are open to the public and are held monthly Study of Employment Service Providers: DiscoverAbility NJ is partnering with TransCen, Inc. to explore employment service provider characteristics, attitudes and beliefs toward employers and the employment process in order to determine how these beliefs and values contribute to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. TransCen, Inc has identified focus group participants, developed focus groups protocols and planned four focus group meetings. Postsecondary Improved Access and Career Awareness Model Pilot: DiscoverAbility NJ has engaged the Rutgers University offices of Disability Services and Career Services to form closer working relationships to lead to better employment options for students with disabilities. An internship program with the New Jersey Department of Human Services is currently being planned.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations

Systems-Change Funding


New Jersey Community Housing with Support Grant - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

This web site contains a wide array of articles, handouts, success stories, blogs and other resources, designed to support the profusion of Customized Employment in New Jersey.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training. 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Renewal Waiver (0031.R01.00) - 10/01/2008

“Provides case management, day hab, individual supports, respite, supported employment, community transition, support coordination, assistive technology devices, environmental and vehicle adaptations, PERS, transportation for individuals w/MR, DD, autism ages 0 - no max age.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,899,339 8,938,175 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 44,447 434,368 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,589 170,279 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,816,311 3,913,966 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.58% 39.20% 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.06% 76.49% 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 6.60% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80% 10.40% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 433,985 425,045 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 501,848 504,432 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 666,019 672,309 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 151,509 146,084 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,378 147,481 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,395 3,225 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,301 36,711 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 20,930 19,596 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 51,567 51,375 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,937 6,988 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 201,536 203,208 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,051 76,163 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 172,434 175,360 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 273,442 279,646 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40% 27.20% 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40% 4.40% 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 1.70% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,930 1,842 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,324 5,531 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,340 2,150 2,376
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,946 3,540 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 42 44 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 28 33 17
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 67.00% 79.00% 65.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.32 0.37 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,073
6,826
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 42 49 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 862 941 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,348 1,380 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,251 2,136 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,858 1,811 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 712 509 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.20% 31.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,720 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 304,077 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 2 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 189 186 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 0.00% 11.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 2,655 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 7,603 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.00 14.50 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 47.50% 45.85% 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 17.50% 16.12% 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.80% 7.65% 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.54% 90.41% 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 44.30% 49.24% 51.88%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 73.10% 74.05% 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 84.40% 84.07% 87.76%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.80% 24.81% 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 66 53 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 59 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 31 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 5,977 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 373 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,381 7,052

 

Legislation


New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Orders


New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities: Service Definitions - 11/27/2012

This document defines all of the services provided by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. The services include career planning, community-based supports, assistive technology and community inclusion supports, among many others.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment Position Statement - 04/26/2012

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities commends and supports the April 26, 2012 announcement by Governor Christie that the State of New Jersey's has adopted an "Employment First" policy. It is the position of the Council that integrated, competitive employment should be:   1. the first option considered when developing individual services for people with developmental disabilities; and   2. the preferred outcome of services provided by the Departments of Education, Human Services, Labor & Workforce Development, and Law & Public Safety.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Statement - 04/19/2012

“People with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, shrinks enrollment in entitlement programs, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan for Creating a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities - 02/15/2008

During the final year of the DiscoverAbility NJ project, New Jersey became an Employment First state and joined the national State Employment Leadership Network (SELN). Nonprofit community service providers assist people with disabilities with a wide range of needs, including finding employment, and comprise a large part of the workforce in New Jersey that assists people with disabilities in finding employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Special Education Transition Requirements – NJ Administrative Code 6A-14 - 09/05/2006

(34) Transition services. The term "transition services" means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that— (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and (C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Five-Year Career and Technical Education State Plan - 07/01/2006

”The OCTE will work collaboratively with the NJDOE Division of Student Services, Office of Special Education Programs, to ensure that people with disabilities are an integral part of the labor force in New Jersey and are active and valuable participants in the economic growth and vitality of the State. In so doing, the OCTE will support the finalization and implementation of Discoverability NJ – New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Improve the Competitive Employment of People with Disabilities. In this regard, the OCTE will work to support the State’s efforts to enhance job and career opportunities for people with disabilities, reform delivery systems and create partnerships among people with disabilities, their families, employers, as well as the public sector and service organizations to meet New Jersey’s critical workforce needs.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Plan for Independent Living (2016-2019)

Goal #5: To increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially for youth transitioning to adult life, the SILC and CILs will support/promote the It’s All About Work Program and, as possible, similar Work First-related activities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Five-Year Plan (2012-2017)

AREA OF EMPHASIS: Employment   Goal: To promote career development, employment and lifelong learning for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey.   Objectives:    1. To increase job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities which pay real wages    2. Expand transportation options for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey to make available community resources and experiences such as volunteering, social interaction, employment preparation and employment.    3. Increase awareness concerning employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities so they and their families have higher expectations of their employability.    4. Support the work of the Alliance for Full Participation.    5. To have New Jersey become an "Employment First" state.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes. Partners include Governor’s Office, Commissioners of Human Services and Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, Department of Personnel, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth. Disabilities at Work Radio Show: Through the New Jersey Business Leadership network (BLN), DiscoverAbility NJ produces a weekly internet radio show spotlighting businesses that support people with disabilities in employment. The show also highlights people with disabilities, service providers, research, and promising practices in helping people with disabilities get to work. Disability Supplier Diversity Program: With the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the New Jersey BLN, DiscoverAbility NJ is working to officially certify disability-owned businesses and prepare them to be suppliers for large corporations. Four businesses have been certified as Disability-Owned in 2010.  The State Employment and Training Commission (SETC): The SETC conducts regional meetings with public workforce officials around the goals of DiscoverAiblity NJ. The SETC facilitates knowledge exchange from partnerships between regional colleagues. Disability Issues Committee: The Disabilities Issues Committee provides a disability perspective to State workforce policy. The meetings are open to the public and are held monthly Study of Employment Service Providers: DiscoverAbility NJ is partnering with TransCen, Inc. to explore employment service provider characteristics, attitudes and beliefs toward employers and the employment process in order to determine how these beliefs and values contribute to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. TransCen, Inc has identified focus group participants, developed focus groups protocols and planned four focus group meetings. Postsecondary Improved Access and Career Awareness Model Pilot: DiscoverAbility NJ has engaged the Rutgers University offices of Disability Services and Career Services to form closer working relationships to lead to better employment options for students with disabilities. An internship program with the New Jersey Department of Human Services is currently being planned.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations

Systems-Change Funding


New Jersey Community Housing with Support Grant - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

This web site contains a wide array of articles, handouts, success stories, blogs and other resources, designed to support the profusion of Customized Employment in New Jersey.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training. 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Renewal Waiver (0031.R01.00) - 10/01/2008

“Provides case management, day hab, individual supports, respite, supported employment, community transition, support coordination, assistive technology devices, environmental and vehicle adaptations, PERS, transportation for individuals w/MR, DD, autism ages 0 - no max age.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,376
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 17
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 65.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 51.88%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 87.76%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 7,052

 

Legislation


New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Orders


New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities: Service Definitions - 11/27/2012

This document defines all of the services provided by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. The services include career planning, community-based supports, assistive technology and community inclusion supports, among many others.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment Position Statement - 04/26/2012

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities commends and supports the April 26, 2012 announcement by Governor Christie that the State of New Jersey's has adopted an "Employment First" policy. It is the position of the Council that integrated, competitive employment should be:   1. the first option considered when developing individual services for people with developmental disabilities; and   2. the preferred outcome of services provided by the Departments of Education, Human Services, Labor & Workforce Development, and Law & Public Safety.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Statement - 04/19/2012

“People with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, shrinks enrollment in entitlement programs, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan for Creating a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities - 02/15/2008

During the final year of the DiscoverAbility NJ project, New Jersey became an Employment First state and joined the national State Employment Leadership Network (SELN). Nonprofit community service providers assist people with disabilities with a wide range of needs, including finding employment, and comprise a large part of the workforce in New Jersey that assists people with disabilities in finding employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Special Education Transition Requirements – NJ Administrative Code 6A-14 - 09/05/2006

(34) Transition services. The term "transition services" means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that— (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and (C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Five-Year Career and Technical Education State Plan - 07/01/2006

”The OCTE will work collaboratively with the NJDOE Division of Student Services, Office of Special Education Programs, to ensure that people with disabilities are an integral part of the labor force in New Jersey and are active and valuable participants in the economic growth and vitality of the State. In so doing, the OCTE will support the finalization and implementation of Discoverability NJ – New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Improve the Competitive Employment of People with Disabilities. In this regard, the OCTE will work to support the State’s efforts to enhance job and career opportunities for people with disabilities, reform delivery systems and create partnerships among people with disabilities, their families, employers, as well as the public sector and service organizations to meet New Jersey’s critical workforce needs.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Plan for Independent Living (2016-2019)

Goal #5: To increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially for youth transitioning to adult life, the SILC and CILs will support/promote the It’s All About Work Program and, as possible, similar Work First-related activities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Five-Year Plan (2012-2017)

AREA OF EMPHASIS: Employment   Goal: To promote career development, employment and lifelong learning for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey.   Objectives:    1. To increase job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities which pay real wages    2. Expand transportation options for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey to make available community resources and experiences such as volunteering, social interaction, employment preparation and employment.    3. Increase awareness concerning employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities so they and their families have higher expectations of their employability.    4. Support the work of the Alliance for Full Participation.    5. To have New Jersey become an "Employment First" state.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes. Partners include Governor’s Office, Commissioners of Human Services and Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, Department of Personnel, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth. Disabilities at Work Radio Show: Through the New Jersey Business Leadership network (BLN), DiscoverAbility NJ produces a weekly internet radio show spotlighting businesses that support people with disabilities in employment. The show also highlights people with disabilities, service providers, research, and promising practices in helping people with disabilities get to work. Disability Supplier Diversity Program: With the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the New Jersey BLN, DiscoverAbility NJ is working to officially certify disability-owned businesses and prepare them to be suppliers for large corporations. Four businesses have been certified as Disability-Owned in 2010.  The State Employment and Training Commission (SETC): The SETC conducts regional meetings with public workforce officials around the goals of DiscoverAiblity NJ. The SETC facilitates knowledge exchange from partnerships between regional colleagues. Disability Issues Committee: The Disabilities Issues Committee provides a disability perspective to State workforce policy. The meetings are open to the public and are held monthly Study of Employment Service Providers: DiscoverAbility NJ is partnering with TransCen, Inc. to explore employment service provider characteristics, attitudes and beliefs toward employers and the employment process in order to determine how these beliefs and values contribute to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. TransCen, Inc has identified focus group participants, developed focus groups protocols and planned four focus group meetings. Postsecondary Improved Access and Career Awareness Model Pilot: DiscoverAbility NJ has engaged the Rutgers University offices of Disability Services and Career Services to form closer working relationships to lead to better employment options for students with disabilities. An internship program with the New Jersey Department of Human Services is currently being planned.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations

Systems-Change Funding


New Jersey Community Housing with Support Grant - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

This web site contains a wide array of articles, handouts, success stories, blogs and other resources, designed to support the profusion of Customized Employment in New Jersey.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training. 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Renewal Waiver (0031.R01.00) - 10/01/2008

“Provides case management, day hab, individual supports, respite, supported employment, community transition, support coordination, assistive technology devices, environmental and vehicle adaptations, PERS, transportation for individuals w/MR, DD, autism ages 0 - no max age.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

States - Phone

Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,376
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 17
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 65.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 51.88%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 87.76%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 7,052

 

Legislation


New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Orders


New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities: Service Definitions - 11/27/2012

This document defines all of the services provided by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. The services include career planning, community-based supports, assistive technology and community inclusion supports, among many others.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment Position Statement - 04/26/2012

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities commends and supports the April 26, 2012 announcement by Governor Christie that the State of New Jersey's has adopted an "Employment First" policy. It is the position of the Council that integrated, competitive employment should be:   1. the first option considered when developing individual services for people with developmental disabilities; and   2. the preferred outcome of services provided by the Departments of Education, Human Services, Labor & Workforce Development, and Law & Public Safety.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Statement - 04/19/2012

“People with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, shrinks enrollment in entitlement programs, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan for Creating a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities - 02/15/2008

During the final year of the DiscoverAbility NJ project, New Jersey became an Employment First state and joined the national State Employment Leadership Network (SELN). Nonprofit community service providers assist people with disabilities with a wide range of needs, including finding employment, and comprise a large part of the workforce in New Jersey that assists people with disabilities in finding employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Special Education Transition Requirements – NJ Administrative Code 6A-14 - 09/05/2006

(34) Transition services. The term "transition services" means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that— (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (A) is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to  (B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and (C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Five-Year Career and Technical Education State Plan - 07/01/2006

”The OCTE will work collaboratively with the NJDOE Division of Student Services, Office of Special Education Programs, to ensure that people with disabilities are an integral part of the labor force in New Jersey and are active and valuable participants in the economic growth and vitality of the State. In so doing, the OCTE will support the finalization and implementation of Discoverability NJ – New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Improve the Competitive Employment of People with Disabilities. In this regard, the OCTE will work to support the State’s efforts to enhance job and career opportunities for people with disabilities, reform delivery systems and create partnerships among people with disabilities, their families, employers, as well as the public sector and service organizations to meet New Jersey’s critical workforce needs.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Plan for Independent Living (2016-2019)

Goal #5: To increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially for youth transitioning to adult life, the SILC and CILs will support/promote the It’s All About Work Program and, as possible, similar Work First-related activities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Five-Year Plan (2012-2017)

AREA OF EMPHASIS: Employment   Goal: To promote career development, employment and lifelong learning for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey.   Objectives:    1. To increase job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities which pay real wages    2. Expand transportation options for people with developmental disabilities in New Jersey to make available community resources and experiences such as volunteering, social interaction, employment preparation and employment.    3. Increase awareness concerning employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities so they and their families have higher expectations of their employability.    4. Support the work of the Alliance for Full Participation.    5. To have New Jersey become an "Employment First" state.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes. Partners include Governor’s Office, Commissioners of Human Services and Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, Department of Personnel, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth. Disabilities at Work Radio Show: Through the New Jersey Business Leadership network (BLN), DiscoverAbility NJ produces a weekly internet radio show spotlighting businesses that support people with disabilities in employment. The show also highlights people with disabilities, service providers, research, and promising practices in helping people with disabilities get to work. Disability Supplier Diversity Program: With the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the New Jersey BLN, DiscoverAbility NJ is working to officially certify disability-owned businesses and prepare them to be suppliers for large corporations. Four businesses have been certified as Disability-Owned in 2010.  The State Employment and Training Commission (SETC): The SETC conducts regional meetings with public workforce officials around the goals of DiscoverAiblity NJ. The SETC facilitates knowledge exchange from partnerships between regional colleagues. Disability Issues Committee: The Disabilities Issues Committee provides a disability perspective to State workforce policy. The meetings are open to the public and are held monthly Study of Employment Service Providers: DiscoverAbility NJ is partnering with TransCen, Inc. to explore employment service provider characteristics, attitudes and beliefs toward employers and the employment process in order to determine how these beliefs and values contribute to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. TransCen, Inc has identified focus group participants, developed focus groups protocols and planned four focus group meetings. Postsecondary Improved Access and Career Awareness Model Pilot: DiscoverAbility NJ has engaged the Rutgers University offices of Disability Services and Career Services to form closer working relationships to lead to better employment options for students with disabilities. An internship program with the New Jersey Department of Human Services is currently being planned.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations

Systems-Change Funding


New Jersey Community Housing with Support Grant - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program (BIP) - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

This web site contains a wide array of articles, handouts, success stories, blogs and other resources, designed to support the profusion of Customized Employment in New Jersey.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training. 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 12/20/2012

It is within the framework of the CMW that the Department of Human Services (DHS) proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to expand access to non-institutionally based long term services and supports (LTSS) in a managed care environment. The DHS’ Division of Aging Services, Disability Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medical Assistance and Health Services (Medicaid) and Mental Health and Addiction Services will work collaboratively on providing services to individuals in the most appropriate, least restrictive settings.   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

NJ Renewal Waiver (0031.R01.00) - 10/01/2008

“Provides case management, day hab, individual supports, respite, supported employment, community transition, support coordination, assistive technology devices, environmental and vehicle adaptations, PERS, transportation for individuals w/MR, DD, autism ages 0 - no max age.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships