Coalition for DSP Living Wage Budget Update

Following the news of our recent budget victory, we have received a number of questions regarding the $20 million line item and when we expect this funding will be available to the State’s Direct Support Professional workforce. With this in mind, we thought it important to share with you an update and some additional information about how the budgeting process works.

Appropriations in the Budget have corresponding language and in this instance, the language surrounding the $20 million for Direct Support Professionals is very complicated. As per the language, the Legislature has until October 1, 2017 to determine how to proceed with the distribution of the increase. We are working hard to get the funding released as soon as possible but we believe this process will take several months.

We understand that this delay is inconvenient, but please know we are actively advocating for a speedy resolution. Thank you again for all of your support in FY17 and keep a look out for more information in the coming weeks.

The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Steering Committee Members

The Arc of New Jersey

The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities

The New Jersey Association of Community Providers

Autism New Jersey

New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Family Support Coalition of New Jersey

New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network

The Statewide Regional Family Support Planning Councils

ABCD thanks Patti Carlesimo

ABCD thanks Patti Carlesimo (Executive Director, LADACIN) for serving as the President of ABCD’s Board of Directors 2013-2017 and congratulates Keith Kearney (Executive Director UCP of Hudson) as he begins his term as our new President of the Board of Directors.

Picture included. (from left to right—Dr. Dan Keating, Patti Carlesimo and Keith Kearney)

News from NJ DDD: NJ CAT Notifications

The final batch of NJ CAT notification letters has now been distributed. (Notifications for individuals residing in licensed residential settings were distributed to residential providers). Please note that every individual who is eligible to receive and/or currently receiving Division-funded services must complete the NJ CAT (New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool). If you do not receive a notification regarding completion of the NJ CAT, please contact the Supports Program Help Desk (


Tier Assignments
The Division has begun the process of releasing tier assignment information to individuals/families who submitted a request to receive that information. If it has been 30 days or more since you completed the NJ CAT assessment , you may submit a Request for Tier Assignment Form by uploading the completed form to our [DDD] secure online site or sending it via regular postal mail. Please see the form link and submission instructions below.

Please complete and submit the fillable Request for Tier Assignment Form, which is also available on the Fee-for-Service Implementation page of the Division’s website.

Submit Online (preferred method): Submit By Mail:
1. COMPLETE the fillable request form and SAVE to your computer files
2. Go to the secure site:
3. Enter Contact (Requestor’s) Name, Phone Number and Email Address
4. In the DDD SU Unit dropdown menu, please select “Request Tier”
5. Browse your computer files and UPLOAD the saved Form
6. Click Submit Tier Assignment Request
NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities
PO Box 726
Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

Please note: due to the high volume of assessments being conducted, we expect it may take 60 – 90 days from completion of the NJ CAT in order for an individual to access this tiering information.