Senate Budget & Appropriations Hearing 

ABCD Testifies at Senate Budget & Appropriations Hearing
on April 3 2018 at Rowan University in Glassboro and the Assembly Budget Hearing on April 9, 2018 at the State Annex.

Donna Bouclier, ABCD and Patti Carlesimo, past President of ABCD spoke of the need to increase the DSP wages by $1.25 per year
over 5 years.

Donna reminded the Senate Committee that the “good hearts” of DSPs should not be taken for granted. They are the glue that keeps the heart of the community system going.

ABCD continues to meet with Senate and Assembly Budget Committee Members to advance the DSP living wage increase.

For more information about the NJ DSP Living Wage Coalition,
go to:http://www.njdspcoalition.org/

See Me for Me!

Every March since 1987, the Disability Community participates in a campaign across America to raise public awareness of the abilities of people with Developmental Disabilities. This year, The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) partnered to create the theme for the 2018 campaign!

“See Me for Me!”

Every day, DSPs are working to support people with disabilities toward having a meaningful life. Share those stories about how relationships and connections in the community foster inclusion and respect. What is it taking for people to come together to be more inclusive and accepting?

Get to know the person with the developmental disability as a person first—-not the disability!

CQL- A Provider ‘s Perspective

Opening comments given by NJDDD’s Quality Assurance and Provider Performance Units, Heather Cioccola and Wendy Yasco. Steve Vernikoff presented his team at CFS who make it real— Barbara Greenwald, Nadine Daley, Joanne Cropper

Conversion of CCW to FFS: Pilot Lessons

Representing the first cohort are three ABCD members: CAU, a Board Member; Allies, a DD Alliance Member; and The Arc of Ocean, a Support Coordination Alliance Member.At Thursday’s meeting, the presenters shared “Lessons Learned” to help guide the rest of our members toward understanding what to expect as they prepare for their Fee-for-Service transition. The presenters, part of the first cohort, shared lessons they learned.

CCW Participant Enrollment Agreement
Conversion of CCW to FFS: Pilot Lessons Powerpoint