ABCD Committees Welcome Guests in November

Published On: December 21st, 2020Categories: News

Meetings with Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, DDD staff and PLAN-NJ.

On November 4, (the day after Election Day) the Early Intervention Providers Association welcomed New Jersey State Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D6) to their monthly meeting to discuss EIMS, telehealth,  COVID and the current rates. As the past Chairperson of the Assembly Women’s and Children’s Committee and current Chairperson of the Assembly Education Committee, the Assemblywoman was well aware of the importance of timely and appropriate interventions to the child, family and the community at large.  The Assemblywoman also expressed concern about access to trained workforce. EIPA is grateful to Assemblywoman Lampitt for her knowledge and advocacy on behalf the EI system and the children that we serve.

On November 10, the Support Coordination Alliance welcomed NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities “Employment and Transition to 21” Director, Jennifer Joyce, who answered questions about the importance of work and the discovery process.  Jennifer epitomizes those who give every effort to ensure that people get the help they need to participate in every aspect of life.  Our thanks to Jennifer for doing what she does so well with us and for others.

ABCD member, Ellen Nalven, Executive Director of Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of NJ (PLAN/NJ) convened an hour-long tutorial on Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts for DDA Members. Both savings tools address the extra and significant expenses of living with a developmental disability while protecting their public benefits for income, health care, food and housing assistance.  We are thankful for PLAN/NJ which has helped countless numbers of individuals and their families plan for the future. For more information, visit their website at www.plannj.org

Patrick Boyle, Budget Director for NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities joined our CFO Forum on the 24th of November to answer our questions related to the January rate increase, day programs, wage reporting and fiscal compliance. Patrick was sure to take the time to thank providers for working with the division during this difficult time. Providers ability and willingness to efficiently and effectively turn things rapidly around, has not been lost on the division.

Closing out 2020, Deputy Speaker Gary Schaer (D36) joined EIPA to discuss the current financial status of practitioners and strategies to help realize additional resources.  The Assemblyman framed the past years EI has faced and the impact on infants and toddlers as one of the most compelling advocacy issues and asked to meet again to continue the discussion on EIPA’s efforts moving forward. As you can imagine, Deputy Speaker Schaer’s interest and concern was a great energy boost to practitioners who for the past 3 years have been financially devasted by the improper handling of the Early Intervention Management System and the effects of COVID-19.  Our deepest thanks to the Assemblyman for helping us end 2020 with hope.

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