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Disability Rights New Jersey

Disability Rights New Jersey Advocating and advancing the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in New Jersey. Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is a private, non-profit, consumer-directed organization established to:

Advocate for and advance the human, civil and legal rights of citizens of New Jersey with disabilities;

Promote public awareness and recognition of individuals with disabilities as equally entitled members of society;

Advise and assist persons with disabilities, family members, attorneys and guardians in obtaining and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities; and

Provide education, training and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, the agencies that serve them, advocates, attorneys, professionals, courts and others regarding the rights of individuals with disabilities

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🎉🎉🎉 We would like to congratulate Paul Aronsohn for his appointment to the President's Committee for People with Intelle...
03/14/2022

🎉🎉🎉 We would like to congratulate Paul Aronsohn for his appointment to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. As New Jersey's statewide #Ombudsman for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, he has served the community honorably. With his selection, New Jerseyans with disabilities will be well represented in our nation's capital. 🇺🇸

Judge Brian Martinotti granted Disability Rights NJ the temporary injunction we sought to complete our investigation uni...
03/11/2022
Judge grants disability advocates access to N.J. nursing home residents to investigate abuse, neglect

Judge Brian Martinotti granted Disability Rights NJ the temporary injunction we sought to complete our investigation unimpeded and continue protecting and advocating for the rights of residents at the Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center. “There are clearly individuals who will suffer harm, and Disability Rights New Jersey (who will suffer) harm being unable to meet their mandate” to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities, the judge said.

Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover, one of the state's largest long-term care facilities, is facing multiple investigations

The lawsuit is the latest action Woodland is facing that may ultimately threaten its existence. An inspection team from ...
03/11/2022
Advocates were berated, bullied when they tried to investigate alleged nursing home abuse, says lawsuit

The lawsuit is the latest action Woodland is facing that may ultimately threaten its existence. An inspection team from the Department of Health last month halted new admissions after finding scores of violations demonstrating how Woodland “failed to appropriately prevent abuse and neglect” of its hundreds of residents.

The lawsuit claims owners of Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover have tried to intimidate and physically block the access of Disability Rights New Jersey investigators.

On Tuesday March 8, Attorneys Javier Merino and Andrew Wolf of DannLaw asked the Federal District Court for New Jersey t...
03/11/2022

On Tuesday March 8, Attorneys Javier Merino and Andrew Wolf of DannLaw asked the Federal District Court for New Jersey to issue an injunction ordering the owners and operators of Woodland Behavioral Health to stop interfering with Disability Rights New Jersey’s ongoing investigation of abuse and neglect at the troubled Andover, New Jersey nursing facility. A hearing on the motion will be held via Zoom at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, March 11, 2022 before Judge Brian R. Martinotti.

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Disability Rights NJ’s Assistant to the Director of Policy, Chris Miller, was featured in yesterday's NJ Spotlight News ...
03/10/2022
NJ Spotlight News: March 9, 2022 | Video | NJ Spotlight News

Disability Rights NJ’s Assistant to the Director of Policy, Chris Miller, was featured in yesterday's NJ Spotlight News series Living with Covid (16:40) to share his perspective about the change in protective mandates as a person with a disability. https://www.njspotlightnews.org/video/nj-spotlight-news-march-9-2022/

We bring you what’s relevant in New Jersey news, what’s important and our insight. Watch as the NJ Spotlight News team breaks down today’s top stories. Consumers back Ukraine as US gas prices soar Gas prices in New Jersey rose a nickel a gallon overnight. Murphy proposes new affordable housing...

Governor Phil Murphy signed S905/A1281 into law on March 3, 2022. This new law delays the statute of limitations until S...
03/10/2022
Governor Signs COVID-Related Special Education Legislation, Plus a Focus on AT During the Pandemic

Governor Phil Murphy signed S905/A1281 into law on March 3, 2022. This new law delays the statute of limitations until September 1, 2023 for filing a due process petition seeking compensatory services relating to any special education issue that arose between March 18, 2020 and September 1, 2021 (COVID period). This is significant as many students with disabilities missed services because school was closed and they could not receive services virtually.

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March 9, 2022 | Issue 14 Governor Murphy Signs COVID-Related Special Education Legislation Governor Phil Murphy signed S905/A1281 into law on March 3, 2022. This new law delays the statute of limitati

‼️Today is the deadline to register for Disability Rights NJ's #SpecialEducation, #Transition, and #School #Discipline #...
03/01/2022

‼️Today is the deadline to register for Disability Rights NJ's #SpecialEducation, #Transition, and #School #Discipline #LegalClinics

👉Do you need help getting special education services in school?
👉Do you have an IEP and need help preparing to go on to work or college?
👉Do you get in trouble at school because of your disability?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, register for one of our Special Education, Transition, and School Discipline Legal Clinics.

📌Tues., March 8 - 4:30-7:30 pm - Trenton Free Public Library
📌Sat., March 12 - 10:30am-1:30pm - Lawrence Public Library
Sign up for a free 20-minute consultation with an education attorney. Due to limited capacity, these clinics are intended to serve clients with limited transportation and/or technology who need in-person consultations to access services.

Registration form required and deadline to register for a slot is March 1, 2022. https://disabilityrightsnj.org/events/

02/24/2022
Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover in Sussex County is facing a widening investigation into allegations o...
02/19/2022
Nearly 200 people are locked down, living in ‘inhumane’ conditions at N.J. nursing home, advocate says

Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover in Sussex County is facing a widening investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect after it was found that nearly 200 residents diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, mental illness or developmental disabilities, or recovering from strokes are confined on a locked floor that operates like an “unlicensed psychiatric hospital,” as witnessed by Gwen Orlowski, Executive Director of Disability Rights NJ. Upon leaving the facility Orlowski immediately contacted the commissioners for the NJ Department of Human Services and New Jersey Department of Health and urged them to take action.

https://www.nj.com/news/2022/02/nearly-200-people-are-locked-down-living-in-inhumane-conditions-at-nj-nursing-home-advocate-says.html

The situation appears to be “a civil rights and human rights violation,” advocate says

Legal Clinic in March - Plus Deadlines, News and Updates...- Special Education, Transition and School Discipline Legal C...
02/04/2022
New Legal Clinics in March - Plus Deadlines, News and Updates

Legal Clinic in March - Plus Deadlines, News and Updates...
- Special Education, Transition and School Discipline Legal Clinics
- Deadline for Compensatory Education Claims Approaching
- Black History Month #DisabilityRightsinBlack
- COVID-19 Vaccination Locations for Children 5-11 Years Old
- Your Input Is Needed: Equitable Access to SSA Disability Programs for LGBTQIA+ Communities

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February 4, 2022 | Issue 12 Disability Rights NJ is Hosting FREE Special Education, Transition and School Discipline Legal Clinics Do you need help getting special education services in school? Do you

02/02/2022

February is a time when we recognize the contributions of influential black activists and follow in their commitment to equity, access and justice. Follow us as we honor #BlackHistoryMonth and talk about #advocacy #civilrights and #DisabilityRightsinBlack.
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Disability Rights NJ is Hosting Special Education, Transition, and School Discipline Legal Clinics• Do you need help get...
01/27/2022

Disability Rights NJ is Hosting Special Education, Transition, and School Discipline Legal Clinics
• Do you need help getting special education services in school?
• Do you have an IEP and need help preparing to go on to work or college?
• Do you get in trouble at school because of your disability?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, register for one of our Special Education, Transition, and School Discipline Legal Clinics.
Tues., March 8 - 4:30-7:30 pm - Trenton Free Public Library
Sat., March 12 - 10:30am-1:30pm - Lawrence Public Library
Sign up for a free 20-minute consultation with an education attorney. Due to limited capacity, these clinics are intended to serve clients with limited transportation and/or technology who need in-person consultations to access services.
Registration form required and deadline to register for a slot is March 1, 2022. https://disabilityrightsnj.org/events/

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Boosting NJ Workability and Personal Assistance Services Programs for People with Disa...
01/14/2022

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Boosting NJ Workability and Personal Assistance Services Programs for People with Disabilities
On January 10, Gov. Murphy signed A5262/S3455 - legislation that would strengthen access to medical and support services for working residents with disabilities in NJ. The legislation would enable more people to qualify for assistance, revising eligibility requirements for both the NJ Workability Program - a Medicaid buy-in option for employed, permanently disabled individuals; and the Personal Assistance Services Program - a State-funded program that provides up to 40 hours per week of non-medical personal care assistance.
Some highlights of this legislation:
• permits a person with "unearned" SSDI income, who is employed, to be eligible for NJ WorkAbility.
• allows a person receiving NJ WorkAbility, whose employment ends, to be covered by Medicaid for up to a year, while seeking new employment.
• has no age-related NJ WorkAbility termination date.
The new changes to Workability need approval from the federal government before it can be implemented. If you have questions about this new legislation, contact Disability Rights NJ.

The CDC has approved Pfizer vaccine boosters for all individuals 12 and older five months after receiving their second d...
01/11/2022

The CDC has approved Pfizer vaccine boosters for all individuals 12 and older five months after receiving their second dose. Studies have shown that after getting vaccinated for COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants decreases over time. A booster shot increases the immune response and will provide greater protection against getting infected with COVID-19 and prevent severe disease which could result in hospitalization or death. Protect yourself and your family by getting your COVID booster. For booster appointments, you can go to New Jersey’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Finder. https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder

New Jersey's hospitals recognize the important role that visits have on patients’ well-being, and continue to prioritize...
01/10/2022

New Jersey's hospitals recognize the important role that visits have on patients’ well-being, and continue to prioritize the safety of all patients, patient visitors and support persons, and staff. NJHA and its members have partnered to create a visitation code system to protect everyone inside the hospitals. Regardless of level, individuals with I/DD can continue to have a support person with them while in the hospital. Please check hospitals’ Web sites for any additional precautions in place. https://www.njha.com/coronavirus/hospital-visitation-codes/

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210 S Broad St
Trenton, NJ
08608

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Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

+16092929742

Products

DRNJ operates the following programs:

Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program was established to protect the legal and civil rights of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program protects and advocates for the rights of persons with mental illness and investigate reports of abuse and neglect.

Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) programs were established to protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of persons with disabilities who are not eligible to be served in the CAP, PAIMI, or PADD programs.

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) advocates for and protects the rights of individuals with disabilities who are seeking or receiving rehabilitation services.

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI) program ensures that individuals with TBI and their families have access to: information, referrals and advice; individual and family advocacy; legal representation; and specific assistance in self-advocacy.

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) provides education and training on employment and Social Security Work Incentives, and provides assistance to SSDI and SSI beneficiaries seeking vocational rehabilitation, employment and other support services to secure, retain or regain employment.

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) provides assistance to persons with disabilities to obtain assistive technology devices and/or services.

Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) program provides legal and non-legal advocacy services for individuals with disabilities who are denied access to assistive technology devices and/or assistive technology services.

Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA) program ensures that every qualified person with a disability has the opportunity to vote on Election Day.

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries with Representative Payees (PABRP) program monitors how representative payees are administering Social Security funds for the benefit of individuals receiving SSI and/orSSDI.

Intake and Referral Services

All requests for assistance are processed by DRNJ's Intake Office. The vast majority of requests for assistance are received and processed by telephone or online. The Intake Office is available to perform telephone or in-person intake interviews Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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Each and every day in New Jersey, individuals with disabilities face barriers of discrimination and segregation. Despite their strides, people with disabilities continue to experience discrimination in schools, in places of employment, and within the community. They continue to reside in institutions against their wishes. Others are subject to abuse and neglect by their caregivers. Still others face the challenge of obtaining the supports and services they need in order to fully participate in their communities.

Since 1994, the advocate and legal staff of Disability Rights New Jersey has been committed to addressing these barriers and ensuring that these critical issues affecting people with disabilities are addressed. As the State’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities, DRNJ serves a unique purpose in the struggle for the right to equality of opportunity.

Our impact on the community is far-reaching. With a staff of just under forty, DRNJ provides, in a single year, case advocacy services to over 1,300 individuals, information and referral to over 2,500, and outreach, education and training to over 10,000. DRNJ’s clients represent every age group and reflect the state’s diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, and culture. DRNJ also engages in policy and legislative activities impacting large groups of people with disabilities.

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🎉🎉🎉 We would like to congratulate Paul Aronsohn for his appointment to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. As New Jersey's statewide #Ombudsman for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, he has served the community honorably. With his selection, New Jerseyans with disabilities will be well represented in our nation's capital. 🇺🇸
Judge Brian Martinotti granted Disability Rights NJ the temporary injunction we sought to complete our investigation unimpeded and continue protecting and advocating for the rights of residents at the Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center. “There are clearly individuals who will suffer harm, and Disability Rights New Jersey (who will suffer) harm being unable to meet their mandate” to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities, the judge said.
The lawsuit is the latest action Woodland is facing that may ultimately threaten its existence. An inspection team from the Department of Health last month halted new admissions after finding scores of violations demonstrating how Woodland “failed to appropriately prevent abuse and neglect” of its hundreds of residents.
On Tuesday March 8, Attorneys Javier Merino and Andrew Wolf of DannLaw asked the Federal District Court for New Jersey to issue an injunction ordering the owners and operators of Woodland Behavioral Health to stop interfering with Disability Rights New Jersey’s ongoing investigation of abuse and neglect at the troubled Andover, New Jersey nursing facility. A hearing on the motion will be held via Zoom at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, March 11, 2022 before Judge Brian R. Martinotti. https://conta.cc/3MzXDjU
Disability Rights NJ’s Assistant to the Director of Policy, Chris Miller, was featured in yesterday's NJ Spotlight News series Living with Covid (16:40) to share his perspective about the change in protective mandates as a person with a disability. https://www.njspotlightnews.org/video/nj-spotlight-news-march-9-2022/
Governor Phil Murphy signed S905/A1281 into law on March 3, 2022. This new law delays the statute of limitations until September 1, 2023 for filing a due process petition seeking compensatory services relating to any special education issue that arose between March 18, 2020 and September 1, 2021 (COVID period). This is significant as many students with disabilities missed services because school was closed and they could not receive services virtually. https://conta.cc/3IdRMxz
‼️Today is the deadline to register for Disability Rights NJ's #SpecialEducation, #Transition, and #School #Discipline #LegalClinics 👉Do you need help getting special education services in school? 👉Do you have an IEP and need help preparing to go on to work or college? 👉Do you get in trouble at school because of your disability? If you answered yes to any of these questions, register for one of our Special Education, Transition, and School Discipline Legal Clinics. 📌Tues., March 8 - 4:30-7:30 pm - Trenton Free Public Library 📌Sat., March 12 - 10:30am-1:30pm - Lawrence Public Library Sign up for a free 20-minute consultation with an education attorney. Due to limited capacity, these clinics are intended to serve clients with limited transportation and/or technology who need in-person consultations to access services. Registration form required and deadline to register for a slot is March 1, 2022. https://disabilityrightsnj.org/events/
Energy assistance is available to the NJFamilyCare Medicaid Community. The application period is closing soon. Check your eligibility at https://dcaid.dca.nj.gov/dcaid-services.
Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover in Sussex County is facing a widening investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect after it was found that nearly 200 residents diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, mental illness or developmental disabilities, or recovering from strokes are confined on a locked floor that operates like an “unlicensed psychiatric hospital,” as witnessed by Gwen Orlowski, Executive Director of Disability Rights NJ. Upon leaving the facility Orlowski immediately contacted the commissioners for the NJ Department of Human Services and New Jersey Department of Health and urged them to take action. https://www.nj.com/news/2022/02/nearly-200-people-are-locked-down-living-in-inhumane-conditions-at-nj-nursing-home-advocate-says.html
The NJ Dept of Health is accepting requests for in-home COVID-19 vaccine appointments. People unable to leave their home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or who are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, may request an in-home vaccination appointment. https://healthsurveys.nj.gov/NoviSurvey/TakeSurveyPage.aspx?s=1dde991c14ba47d8bde17b5a065861d8&tsid=2adb9b9224244a16b25a58393e23fed0&c=en-US
Despite evidence that demonstrates that train cars can be made more accessible, Amtrak has decided to move forward with a less accessible train car design; moving backwards, not forwards. https://www.ndrn.org/resource/ndrn-asks-amtrak-to-make-train-cars-accessible/ #NoRoomForUs