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
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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,
• 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
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
Us Your Medicaid Story
Us Your Affordable Care Act Story (Also known as Obamacare)
Download this Action
the Lifeline for more information.
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
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.
Films at 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.
Fixing Luka 11 min. animation
A stop-motion short, inspired from the filmmaker’s experiences of
growing up with a younger brother with autism.
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,
Call Line Dedicated to Help People Coping with Opiate Addiction
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
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, email@example.com