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Energy Assistance Programs now Open

The Home Energy Assistance season opened on October 1 and offers help to residents who fall within the financial limits and program guidelines. As the State’s Utility Assistance Hotline, NJ 2-1-1 receives inquiries (calls, texts, and chats) from residents all over New Jersey who are asking for information about how programs work, how to apply for assistance and the status of their application once it has been submitted.

For more information about utility assistance programs, links to the applications needed and contact information for the local agency in your area, go to https://www.nj211.org/utility-assistance-programs

DRNJ Asks State Comptroller to Investigate State’s Management of Program for NJ Citizens with Disabilities

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) has asked the New Jersey State Comptroller to investigate the state’s failure to exercise effective oversight of two programs intended to support people with disabilities living in the community.

Both the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Personal Preference Program (PPP) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities’ (DDD) Self-Directed Services are service delivery models that allow seniors and individuals with disabilities living in the community greater opportunity to choose where and with whom to live by directing and managing their own services. The Medicaid-funded programs depend on the state’s contracted fiscal intermediary to make timely payments to employees and vendors hired and selected by the programs’ participants.

In June 2017, Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL), a subsidiary of Public Consulting Group (PCG), assumed fiscal management responsibility for both programs. Despite more than one year of planning and an additional year of operation, PPL/PCG continues to have difficulty operating the program as intended, resulting in people with disabilities losing employees and being unable to access services.

Despite repeated complaints to DHS and DDD by DRNJ, families, and provider and advocacy organizations, DHS has not taken effective action to ensure that individuals with disabilities dependent on PPL/PCG are able to hire and pay direct service personnel and receive services in their approved service plans without excessive delays and interruptions. Because of the lack of action by the Department, DRNJ is asking the State Comptroller to exercise his responsibility to review the performance of the state programs and contracts.

click here for complete press release and copies of letters

State Launches Tax-Free Savings Program - NJ ABLE

People with disabilities in New Jersey will have a new financial tool to help them save money to pay for childcare, transportation, assistive technology, and other necessary expenses, thanks to a program state officials plan to announce today.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services will launch a tax-free savings program that will allow qualified individuals to collect funds to cover costs related to their disability, without preventing them from qualifying for Medicaid and other state and federal social-service programs with strict income limits, according to information provided to NJ Spotlight in advance. The program - called NJ ABLE, for Achieving a Better Life Experience - is based on a federal initiative now underway in three-dozen states

For more information, click here

New Bill Introduced - Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act

A new bill has been introduced in Congress that would protect people with disabilities from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Watch this video to learn more about what you can do to help protect people with disabilities.
https://www.facebook.com/rootedinrights/videos/1625463714209245/

ATAC Awards Funding for New AT Projects

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ has announced grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology services and devices in New Jersey.

For more information about the grant awards, click here


 

 

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