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DDD Update COVID 19 for Families and Providers 4-15-2020

COVID-19 Statistics
April Webinars
Division-funded Congregate Day Services
New Funding for Behavioral Health Stabilization Homes for
Individuals with IDD
Vaccine Eligibility
Updated COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Return to Normal Staff Onboarding
Guidance on Marijuana
New Guide on Self-Direction and Supports Brokerage

DDD Updates

Governor Murphy and the New Jersey State Legislature created the New Jersey Caregiver Task Force

Caregivers are invaluable to the people they support, which can include older adults and individuals with disabilities, chronic health conditions or mental health issues. Governor Murphy and the New Jersey State Legislature created the New Jersey Caregiver Task Force to determine the current availability of caregiver support services and provide recommendations for improving and expanding caregiver support services in New Jersey.  The Task Force has announced that it will be conducting virtual Caregiver Listening Sessions on March 6, March 10, and March 18.

Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey(PLAN|NJ) has created a new website

Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey(PLAN|NJ) has created a new website to better assist with planning for the future of an individualwith disabilities at www.plannj.orgWhether you are a person with a disability, a family member or friend, an attorney, financial advisor or human services professional, check out the website for life planning tools and resources to help achieve greater peace of mind.

DDD Updates

New Resource for the ID/DD community

 1-25-2021  Announcement from DDD:

 The following is a helpful resource for our individuals/families to use. is a website that offers straightforward, plain language resource information. What I think is awesome is that it has a screening tool—a 9-step questionnaire—that, depending on the info you plug in, will suggest different programs you may be eligible for:


NJ SNAP Recipients to Receive at Least a 15 Percent Increase in Food Assistance Benefits in January

(TRENTON) –  New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive at least a 15 percent increase in benefits in January to help address food needs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

A 15 percent increase in SNAP benefits was included in the recently signed federal relief legislation and will be in effect through June.

DDD Updates

DDD Communications: Vaccine Announcement 12-30-2020

Beginning in mid-December and continuing into early 2021, vaccine access will be given to New Jersey’s Phase 1A Group: health care workers, who are paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.  Phase 1A also includes long-term care residents and staff.


The Phase 1A definition of health care workers includes Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in the State’s Developmental Centers and IDD group homes, day programs, and Self-Directed Employees in private homes. 


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