Senate Health Care Bill
22, the Senate released its version of the American Health Care
Act, now called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. This
proposed legislation was built off the House version passed in May.
To read the Bill, click
are some resources to learn more about how the BCRA would affect
people with disabilities...
NJ Food for Thought Campaign
of thousands of New Jersey students rely on school meals during
the academic year. When school’s out, family budgets are stretched
tight and children lack access to the meals they rely on during
the school year. Despite this need and free meals being served in
communities across the state, just 21 percent of our kids received
these meals in 2016.
summer meals programs provide a solution to summertime hunger for
kids. Communities across New Jersey are increasingly offering free
meals to children in the summer at schools, parks, libraries and
other places where children congregate. Not only can kids get healthy
meals, they also can connect with friends, engage in fun, healthy
activities and get some exercise.
Needs Your Stories!
The NJCDD’s Disability
Specialist in Health & Transportation, Dennie Todd, is calling
on New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities to share
their experiences with using public transportation or with accessing
healthcare in our state.
We’ll be compiling YOUR
stories, comments, and concerns relating to public transportation
or healthcare for people with developmental disabilities, and sharing
them with the key decision makers that plan and implement services
in our state.
To share your story,
Partners in Policymaking
2017-18 Now Accepting Applications for Enrollment
New Jersey Partners in
Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education
program for adults with developmental disabilities (over 18) and
family members available through The Boggs Center on Developmental
Disabilities with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental
The goal of the program is to prepare the next generation of disability
advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state. Participants
selected for the program will learn about best practices and important
areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts through a series
of educational leadership development sessions held one weekend
per month, beginning in September of this year and ending next April.
The Boggs Center is now accepting applications from people with
developmental disabilities and family members interested in participating.
To learn more about the program, visit http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/departments_institutes/boggscenter/projects/NJPartnersinPolicymaking.html
Applications must be
received by July 7, 2017
Awards Funding for New AT Projects
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.
information about the grant awards, go to http://www.drnj.org/atac/?cat=4
Center for Mental Health Law, Disability Rights New Jersey and New
Jersey Human Services Commission Announce Completion of Settlement
That Transformed State's Mental Health Service System
David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a national legal
advocacy organization advancing the rights of people with mental
disabilities, Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), the New Jersey
protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities, and
New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Elizabeth Connolly today
announced that a settlement agreement expanding opportunities for
residents of New Jersey's state psychiatric hospitals to live in
integrated settings has come to a conclusion after more than six
the press release click
Mobile Resources To Support Behavioral Health
SAMHSA has resources
that can help address some of the toughest mental health and substance
use challenges, including suicide prevention, bullying prevention,
behavioral health following a disaster, and underage drinking prevention.
- Suicide Safe
helps health care providers integrate suicide prevention strategies
into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients.
provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying
and build resilience in children. A great tool for parents and
educators, KnowBullying is meant for kids ages 3 to 18.
- SAMHSA Disaster
App provides responders with access to critical resources—like
Psychological First Aid and Responder Self-Care—and SAMHSA's Behavioral
Health Treatment Services Locator to help responders provide support
to survivors after a disaster.
They Hear You is an interactive game that can help parents and
caregivers prepare for one of the more important conversations
they may ever have with children—underage drinking.
Offers Information Guides on Disability Benefits, Programs, and
reliable disability-related information and resources can be time
consuming. That's why Disability.gov has developed a series of 14
guides about topics such as disability benefits, housing assistance,
job training programs, and financial help for families with low
incomes. Other guides cover services that promote independence for
people with disabilities such as home health care, programs for
caregivers, assistive technology, and more.
guide begins with a series of “quick links” that answer many frequently
asked questions. Disability.gov’s Guides to Information & Resources
also connect you to information about local organizations that offer
programs and services that promote the inclusion and full participation
of people with disabilities in their communities. To learn more,
Inclusion Campaign Website Launched
Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), Education Law Center (ELC), the New Jersey
Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) and other advocates launched
“The Inclusion Campaign” (http://www.inclusioncampaign.org)
website. The website is a resource for families, educators and other
advocates regarding the landmark 2013 legal settlement with the
New Jersey Department of Education to educate more of the state’s
students with disabilities in an inclusive environment.
For more information,
contact: Gregory Joseph, 646-346-4289, firstname.lastname@example.org