Assistance Programs now Open
The Home Energy Assistance
season opened on October 1 and offers help to residents who fall
within the financial limits and program guidelines. As the State’s
Utility Assistance Hotline, NJ 2-1-1 receives inquiries (calls,
texts, and chats) from residents all over New Jersey who are asking
for information about how programs work, how to apply for assistance
and the status of their application once it has been submitted.
For more information
about utility assistance
programs, links to the applications needed and contact information
for the local agency in your area, go to https://www.nj211.org/utility-assistance-programs
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.
here for complete press release and copies of letters
Launches Tax-Free Savings Program - NJ ABLE
People with disabilities in New Jersey will have a new financial
tool to help them save money to pay for childcare, transportation,
assistive technology, and other necessary expenses, thanks to a
program state officials plan to announce today.
The New Jersey Department
of Human Services will launch a tax-free savings program that will
allow qualified individuals to collect funds to cover costs related
to their disability, without preventing them from qualifying for
Medicaid and other state and federal social-service programs with
strict income limits, according to information provided to NJ Spotlight
in advance. The program - called NJ ABLE, for Achieving a Better
Life Experience - is based on a federal initiative now underway
in three-dozen states
For more information,
Bill Introduced - Strengthening Protections for Social Security
bill has been introduced in Congress that would protect people with
disabilities from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.
this video to learn more about what you can do to help protect people
Awards Funding for New AT Projects
West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ has announced
grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology
services and devices in New Jersey.
information about the grant awards, click