New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Through its membership and its activities and projects, the Council provides a forum and resources for making its vision a reality.
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Funded by the federal government with additional funds from the state of New Jersey, The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities is a lead change agent in the State responsible for a vision of what the lives of people with developmental disabilities should be -- That people with developmental disabilities and their families have every opportunity to participate in the design and implementation of programs, services, and supports that promote self-determination and community inclusion.

NJCDD celebrates Black History Month by honoring Black Americans with disabilities who made a significant impact on soci...
02/22/2024

NJCDD celebrates Black History Month by honoring Black Americans with disabilities who made a significant impact on society. The work of civil rights advocate Thomas Wiggins is highlighted this week. https://shorturl.at/gkDGK

In today's NJCDD Eye on Advocacy https://shorturl.at/iwF04, join the NJ Disability Caucus at 12pm, or the Family Support...
02/20/2024

In today's NJCDD Eye on Advocacy https://shorturl.at/iwF04, join the NJ Disability Caucus at 12pm, or the Family Support Planning Council's “Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund” at 6:30pm. These and many more events and news will be featured. Sign up today https://shorturl.at/iwF04

NJCDD's celebration of Black History Month, the NJCDD highlights the contributions of Black Americans with disabilities....
02/15/2024

NJCDD's celebration of Black History Month, the NJCDD highlights the contributions of Black Americans with disabilities. This week's highlight features the work of civil rights advocate Bradley Lomax. https://shorturl.at/nBW16

This week's Eye on Advocacy E-Newsletter has a special message from NJ's Senator Troy Singleton. https://shorturl.at/anr...
02/13/2024

This week's Eye on Advocacy E-Newsletter has a special message from NJ's Senator Troy Singleton. https://shorturl.at/anrU8

We are grateful to New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton, an active member of the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus, ...
02/09/2024

We are grateful to New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton, an active member of the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus, for sharing this message celebrating Black History Month. https://shorturl.at/ekwA8

During Black History Month, NJCDD celebrates people with disabilities as well as providing information and events relate...
02/06/2024

During Black History Month, NJCDD celebrates people with disabilities as well as providing information and events related to disability. https://shorturl.at/afZ02

NJ Legislative Disability Caucus invites you to our Positive Impacts and New Possibilities in the Disability Community, ...
01/23/2024

NJ Legislative Disability Caucus invites you to our Positive Impacts and New Possibilities in the Disability Community, Feb. 20 https://shorturl.at/afouz

The NJCDD Eye of Advocacy e-newsletter offers a full slate of disability news, announcements, and advocacy opportunities...
01/16/2024

The NJCDD Eye of Advocacy e-newsletter offers a full slate of disability news, announcements, and advocacy opportunities. Learn how to stay informed and make a difference. https://shorturl.at/wABKV

We are back with our Eye on Advocacy E-Newsletter for the New Year, bringing you the latest disability news, events, and...
01/09/2024

We are back with our Eye on Advocacy E-Newsletter for the New Year, bringing you the latest disability news, events, and advocacy opportunities. https://shorturl.at/elyQU

Get the latest news and take part in webinars, events, and feedback opportunities in the NJ disability community. https:...
12/19/2023

Get the latest news and take part in webinars, events, and feedback opportunities in the NJ disability community. https://shorturl.at/acKRT

This week, NJCDD released its Eye on Advocacy e-newsletter, which covers news, events, and advocacy opportunities relate...
12/12/2023

This week, NJCDD released its Eye on Advocacy e-newsletter, which covers news, events, and advocacy opportunities related to intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) announces a funding opportunity of up to $225,000 (excluding required match) over 18 months for a qualified entity to develop project(s) designed to improve the capability of New Jersey’s behavioral health care system to meet and respond...

NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy newsletter keeps you up to date on news, events, and advocacy efforts of people with development...
12/05/2023

NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy newsletter keeps you up to date on news, events, and advocacy efforts of people with developmental disabilities. https://shorturl.at/beFQ7

Get the latest news and information about intellectual and developmental disabilities through NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy we...
11/28/2023

Get the latest news and information about intellectual and developmental disabilities through NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy weekly e-newsletter. https://shorturl.at/ilIR3

Keeping up with the latest advocacy efforts on behalf of people with developmental disabilities is easy with NJCDD's Eye...
11/27/2023

Keeping up with the latest advocacy efforts on behalf of people with developmental disabilities is easy with NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy newsletter. https://shorturl.at/nDILS

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, in conjunction with the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities,...
11/27/2023

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, in conjunction with the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the NJ Division of Aging Services invite you to learn about how New Jersey is improving access to aging services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their aging families/caregivers. https://shorturl.at/fgxU0

Among the announcements in NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy are November being National Caregiver Month, events on applying for P...
11/14/2023

Among the announcements in NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy are November being National Caregiver Month, events on applying for PerformCare, DDD information sessions, Bridging IDD and Aging Services, and other I/DD resources. https://shorturl.at/hjwBI

Eye on Advocacy is a weekly e-newsletter published every Tuesday on the latest developments in intellectual and developm...
11/07/2023

Eye on Advocacy is a weekly e-newsletter published every Tuesday on the latest developments in intellectual and developmental disabilities. https://shorturl.at/diLX4

Keeping up with the latest advocacy efforts on behalf of people with developmental disabilities is easy with NJCDD's Eye...
10/31/2023

Keeping up with the latest advocacy efforts on behalf of people with developmental disabilities is easy with NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy newsletter. https://shorturl.at/glnCD

Come join Adam Kubler of NJCDD at the Burlington County Employment Resource Fair located in the Human Services Facility ...
10/23/2023

Come join Adam Kubler of NJCDD at the Burlington County Employment Resource Fair located in the Human Services Facility at 795 Woodlane Road Westampton, NJ 08060 until 12pm today.

Eye on Advocacy, NJCDD's weekly e-newsletter that focuses on events and news for people with intellectual disabilities. ...
10/17/2023

Eye on Advocacy, NJCDD's weekly e-newsletter that focuses on events and news for people with intellectual disabilities. https://shorturl.at/iGN25

The NJCDD attended sessions and was a featured exhibitor at Facing the Future 2023. This conference features professiona...
10/16/2023

The NJCDD attended sessions and was a featured exhibitor at Facing the Future 2023. This conference features professionals highlighting best practices in supporting people with disabilities in career planning, supported and customized employment and transition from school to work

The newly released investigative Person First Report, NJCAT Stakeholder and Finally HOME NJ surveys, Disability Voting o...
10/10/2023

The newly released investigative Person First Report, NJCAT Stakeholder and Finally HOME NJ surveys, Disability Voting on November 8, Free Covid Test, Staying covered with NJ Family Care, and significant I/DD events are all covered in this week's NJCDD Eye on Advocacy weekly e-newsletter. https://shorturl.at/girs4

Share your thoughts and impressions about this newly released investigation report funded by The New Jersey Council on D...
10/06/2023

Share your thoughts and impressions about this newly released investigation report funded by The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. Our partner agency, Disability Rights New Jersey conducted an investigation and list of recommendations that will create real systemic change for people with IDD that are in and inappropriately placed in nursing homes. Be part of that change!
Mercedes


Disability Rights New Jersey Launches PERSON FIRST Investigative Report into Statewide Nursing Home Rights Violations for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Welcome to Nursing Home Resident’s Rights Month!



To kick off the month, We are excited to share Disability Rights NJ's new investigative report, Person First: An Investigation and Legal Analysis of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey Nursing Homes which exposes long-standing neglect and rights violations occurring in nursing facilities around the state.

PERSON FIRST can be found at: https://disabilityrightsnj.org/whats-happening-now/person-first-nursing-homes-report//

Over the span of sixteen months, from April 2022 through August, 2023, Disability Rights NJ visited 70 nursing homes throughout the state and interviewed hundreds of individuals with IDD living in nursing homes. Disability Rights NJ found significant violations of state and federal laws, as they relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Olmstead v. L.C., and person-centered planning rights under the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule.

Nursing homes are institutions, and many of NJ’s nursing homes are grim hospital-like places to live, even for a short time – buildings are outdated and lack the ability to provide person-centered supports and services. Through this investigation and the investigation at Woodlands in 2022, Disability Rights NJ concluded the state has become over-reliant on institutions for people with disabilities, rather than investing in robust home and community-based settings, services, and supports. This practice has denied so many residents of these institutional settings the hope of community integration and autonomy. This is a violation of a person’s right to self-determination, or the choice of where to live, guaranteed by the NJ Constitution.

PERSON FIRST is organized into three Key Findings that, through the lens of the law, detail and analyze discoveries of Disability Rights NJ’s investigation:

1. The State of New Jersey failed to collect and maintain complete, consistent, and accurate data related to individuals with IDD living in nursing homes and appears to be substantially undercounting the number of residents with IDD.
2. New Jersey’s Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) regulations and practices do not align with federal law and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) technical assistance leading to the inappropriate and potentially unlawful institutionalization of individuals with IDD in nursing homes and denial of specialized services in nursing homes where appropriate.
3. Throughout New Jersey, people with IDD end up living in nursing homes with little regard for, and at times, against their expressed preference for living in the community. The New Jersey Constitution and federal person-centered planning laws guarantee the right to express a preference for where one lives and to lead the person-centered planning process. People receiving long-term services and supports, including those with IDD, are frequently being denied these rights.

The full press release can be viewed here and on our dedicated page on the website, along with the report and supplemental documentation.

Disability Rights NJ will discuss the investigation and each of the Key Findings in a webinar series offered weekly throughout the month of October. The first webinar will be October 10th at 10am. Check our website and social media for more details and registration information to be shared soon. We believe our findings in this report are important for all nursing home residents, especially residents with IDD and mental health disabilities.

Your support for our work is deeply appreciated, and if you would like, a donation to our efforts can be made here.




HOW WE HELP


Disability Rights New Jersey, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to advancing and protecting the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.

• We aggressively investigate reports of abuse and neglect wherever a person with a disability may be receiving services.

• We thoroughly monitor facilities and community-based programs to ensure that people living in those facilities and using those services are free from abuse and neglect, and that their rights are not violated.

• We provide legal representation, without charge, to people with disabilities in cases that fall within our areas of assistance.

• We are dedicated to providing education, training, and technical assistance to people with disabilities, their families and advocates, the agencies that service them, and policy makers among others.

• We provide state-of-the-art access to information and advice about assistive technology.
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Disability Rights NJ is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services - Center for Mental Health Services; Administration for Community Living - Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Center for Integrated Programs, through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, U.S. Department of Education: Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Social Security Administration

DISABILITY RIGHTS New Jersey | disabilityrightsnj.org
210 South Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
1.800.922.7233 (in NJ only) 1.609.292.9742 (Voice)
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Person First is an investigative report about the current state of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in New Jersey nursing homes. This report was compiled from a 16-month […]

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09/26/2023

Stay up to date with I/DD news and events with NJCDD's Eye on Advocacy weekly e-newsletter published on September 26. https://tinyurl.com/bdhhcsyr

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Trenton, NJ
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