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
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
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.
here to access the Bulletin
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.
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
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
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.