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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.
Medicaid

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.

Medicaid

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. 

Medicaid

DDD Update COVID 19 for Families and Providers 11-13-2020

This COVID-19 DDD update webinar was presented by Dep't of Human Services Assistant Commissioner, Jonathan Seifried and reviewed a number of important changes to DDD's COVID-19 policy including:

  • State and DDD-Specific COVTD-19 Statistics
  • November Webinars
  • Fight the Flu!
  • FFS Transition/Agency with Choice Update
  • SDE Pre-Employment Screenings
  • Holiday Season 2020
  • Day Services Update
  • Office of Program Integrity and Accountability
  • January 1, 2021 DSP Wage Increase
  • EW Information
  • Resources
DDD Updates

DHS EVV_FAQ

DHS has an EVV FAQ on their website which has many answers regarding the soon to be mandatory system (Electronic Visit Verification)    We think families will be most interested in the fact on page 2 it specifically states that caregivers who live with the individual are NOT subject to EVV come January 1.
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