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Bazelon 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

The Judge 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 years.

To access the press release click here

2017 Request For Proposal (RFP) Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.

The grants are available under the following activities:
• Device reutilization programs - provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
• Device loan programs - provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
• Device demonstration programs - demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications. Please note: this could include innovative uses of technology to support individuals with disabilities.
• Transition training - conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a non restrictive environment.

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: 5:00 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017

For more information about this RFP, please visit the ATAC website at http://www.drnj.org/atac/?cat=4

The Arc of the U.S. Needs Your Stories!

The Arc of The U.S. is collecting stories that highlight the importance of lifeline programs to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

Your story will be reviewed by The Arc's staff, and they may contact you with follow up questions. The Arc of The U.S. is receiving requests from Members of Congress and the media for stories from people with I/DD and their families.

Click a link below for more information or to share your story.
Tell Us Your Paid Leave Stories Needed by February 15
Tell Us Your Medicaid Story
Tell Us Your Affordable Care Act Story (Also known as Obamacare)

Download this Action Alert HERE Visit Protect the Lifeline for more information.

"Making Hard Times Harder" Report Outlines Need for Accommodations for Inmates with Disabilities

As many as 31 percent of U.S. inmates in state prisons report having at least one disability. Inmates with disabilities often spend more time in prison, under harsher conditions, than inmates without disabilities. The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project (a project of Disability Rights Washington) released the report, "Making Hard Time Harder". This report outlines the lack of accommodations for inmates with disabilities across 21 states.

From individual assistance to large scale federal litigation, these case summaries demonstrate the breadth and depth of work by P&As in prisons, and demonstrate that despite the passage of the ADA over two decades ago, much state prison work remains to be done.

More case studies, videos, and the full report are available at http://www.avidprisonproject.org, where original interviews with inmates with disabilities and experts on disability issues in correctional settings, can be accessed.

New Films at Sproutflix

Sproutflix has added new films to their catalogue.

Humans of San Jose: Wataru Kubo 3 min. documentary
A mini-documentary on the thoughts of the filmmaker’s brother Wataru Kubo, who has autism.

Freefall 5 min. documentary
Lovely, simple, and compelling, this film highlights the work of a dance company consisting of people with intellectual disabilities. http://sproutflix.org/all-films/freefall/

Fixing Luka 11 min. animation
A stop-motion short, inspired from the filmmaker’s experiences of growing up with a younger brother with autism.

SAMHSA's 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.
  • KnowBullying 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.
  • Talk. 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.


Disability.gov Offers Information Guides on Disability Benefits, Programs, and Services

Finding 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.

Each 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, visit http://www.Disability.gov.

New Call Line Dedicated to Help People Coping with Opiate Addiction

The MHANJ's new call line, NJ Connect for Recovery, is dedicated to providing counseling to people who are coping with addiction to heroin or prescription drugs and their family members. Please help us raise awareness of this valuable service by forwarding this message to friends, family members and constituents. For more information, go to http://www.njconnectforrecovery.org/material

The Inclusion Campaign Website Launched

Disability 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, gregoryj@amplifyinc.org

CMS Publishes EPSDT Benefits Guide for Children and Youth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just published a go-to resource for anyone interested in improving child health: EPSDT - A Guide for State Coverage in the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents. The Guide was produced by CMS in collaboration with the National Health Law Program, under subcontract to the NORC at the University of Chicago.

The Guide is intended to help states, health care providers and others to understand the scope of services that are covered under EPSDT so that they may realize EPSDT's goals and provide the best possible child and adolescent health benefit through their Medicaid programs.

Click here to download a copy of the guide.

Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory

Recently, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched a new database to help contractors find qualified workers with disabilities and veterans, and to assist contractors with establishing relationships with national organizations and local community groups that have access to these workers.

Contractors, as well as others, can visit OFCCP’s Disability and Veterans Community Resources Directory on the OFCCP Web site at http://www.dol-esa.gov/errd/resources.html. For more information and resources, visit http://www.AskEARN.org.

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