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ACTION ALERT: DDD Statewide Transition Plan

February 4, 2015

DDD’s Statewide Transition Plan:

Public Comment Period

through February 26, 2015

 

OPPOSE 

New Jersey's

Statewide Transition Plan

 

New Jersey’s proposed policies, if implemented, could result in the closure of many existing vocational and residential programs and are unnecessary, unreasonable impediments to the development of future programs.

 

Read THIS ARTICLE for an excellent summary of the issue!

 

Tell NJ that the final Plan must eliminate the following unlawful and inhumane restrictions on individual choice and dignity which will cause harm to countless individuals who rely on DDD funding for support. NJ must remove:

 

1) The 4-6 bed limit for group homes;

2) The 25% density limit for public or private housing complexes;

3) The outright ban on campuses, intentional communities and farmsteads; and

4) The requirement that individuals spend 75% of each day in the community and away from their program's main center.

 

Please also include any personal comments about how these egregious, paternalistic mandates will harm you and your loved one.

 

1) SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO:

The state Department of Human Services at: mahs.hcbs@dhs.state.nj.us.

 

or

 

HCBS Rules

c/o Lowell Arye, Dep. Com 

NJ Department of Human Services

P.O. Box 700

Trenton, NJ 08625-0700

 

2) "LIKE" OUR FACEBOOK CAUSES PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO JOIN THE FIGHT HERE!

 

3) EMAIL GOVERNOR CHRISTIE HERE - Send him your comments!! Call Governor Christie at 609-292-6000 - Contact your state legislators - Tell them all that you oppose the Transition Plan!!

The deadline for submitting comments by email or post mail is Feb. 26.

 

Lisa McCauley Parles testified on February 12, 2015, as an invited guest before the NJ State Assembly Human Services Committee. The committee requested testimony concerning the proposed New Jersey Statewide Transition Plan (STP) issued by the Department of Human Services to comply with federal rules regarding services provided in home and community-based settings. 

 

To read Lisa's testimony, CLICK HERE

 

CLICK HERE to read the Star Ledger's coverage of the hearing!

 

The STP is one of the most restrictive in the country. It may eliminate all campus based settings for individuals with disabilities. It includes density requirements for public or private housing where disabled persons may not exceed 25% of the population in any housing complex or they will risk losing their DDD services. It also establishes rules for day programs which many believe are nearly impossible to meet.  For example, the plan mandates that in order for an individual to receive DDD funding, their adult program must have all participants out in the community for 75% of the day - regardless of the individual's needs

 

If accessing quality services for adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities is a concern of yours, we urge you to participate. We suggest that you write to DHS at mahs.hcbs@dhs.state.nj.us and tell your personal story and how the proposed STP will negatively impact you, your child or your loved one.  


 

The deadline for submitting comments by email or post mail is Feb. 26.

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