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What's New

DRNJ Launches New COVID-19 Website

DRNJ has been on the front lines of a myriad of complex and crucial issues for the last several weeks. To make it easier for individuals to access our recent COVID-19 work, as well as other valuable resources, we have launchied this new website www.drnj-covid.org.


Accessing DRNJ Webinars

If you missed any of our recent webinars, check out the recordings at at4nj.org YoujTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs3lf6VRY4tiaVcaDe_iBkQ

DRNJ NJCAT Reassessment Bulletin

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) and our sister agencies, the DD Council and the Boggs Center, have received many calls from individuals and family members with questions about the NJCAT, including how and when they can request reassessments.

We have prepared a bulletin that provides information about your right to request a reassessment of NJCAT functional need and tier assessment; and appeal DDD's refusal to conduct the reassessment through a Medicaid Fair Hearing. We have also prepared a sample request form that should be used when requesting a reassessment based on a change in need.

Click here to access the Bulletin

Click here to access the Sample Request Form

In the very near future, we will have additional bulletins and fact sheets about the fair hearing appeals process if a request is denied or ignored.

In the meantime, if your request is not honored we ask that you contact us to assist you through the process.


DRNJ Attends Press Conference in Support of Helping Medicaid Recipients Work and Obtain Education

Gwen Orlowski, Executive Director of Disability Rights New Jersey, was invited to attend the press conference of Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Joann Downey, Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling at the New Jersey State House today. Below are her remarks...

On behalf of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), thank you to Senator Gopal, Assemblywoman Downey, Assemblyman Houghtaling, Congressman Kim and Anna Landre for taking an issue that is so critically important to individuals with disabilities.

For more than 20 years, DRNJ has served as New Jersey’s officially designated protection and advocacy agency. Our mission is to protect, advocate for and advance the human, civil and legal rights of persons with disabilities in pursuit of a society in which persons with disabilities exercise self-determination and choice – and to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities to equality of opportunity and full participation in their communities.

To that end, we support the efforts of today’s press conference: to find new solutions to ensure that individuals with disabilities have full access and choice with respect to the decision to attend post-secondary education, including out-of-state colleges and universities, engage in employment, and otherwise pursue the spectrum of community activities that the rest of us take for granted.

Federal law requires states to provide the necessary supports and services to individuals with disabilities to ensure integration and self-determination. An inadequate array of robust services and supports can lead to unnecessary institutionalization, as well as isolation in one’s own home. The segregation that can result not only illegally denies the individual with a disability the enjoyment of pursuing a full and meaningful life, it also denies society all the benefits the person could contribute had they been allowed to pursue their full potential.

DRNJ stands ready to provide technical assistance on the current New Jersey landscape of services and supports available through Medicaid, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and other state programs. Through our deep experience in working on these issues, we know the gaps and can be a resource to help identify solutions.



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