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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.

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.

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Bill Introduced - Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act

A 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.



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