MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Our Time Classes
A one hour class for children ages 20-36 months receiving early intervention services.
CLICK HERE to learn more.
CLICK HERE to view schedule.
Family Support Center of NJ
CLICK HERE to view
their training calendar.
Association For Children & Families June Workshops
CLICK HERE to view their
June calendar.The Arc's 66th Annual Founder's Day Meeting & Awards Ceremony
June 20, 2013
Registration & Light Refreshments begin at 6:30
Hasbrouck Heights Senior Center
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
RSVP by June 13th
CLICK HERE to view flyer.
Arc National Convention
August 3, 2013 - August 5, 2013
Join hundreds of other individuals, families, advocates, experts and professionals in the field for three days of informative sessions, unique events and opportunities to connect.
Please let us know if you are going so we can connect you with other attendees from our area.
CLICK HERE to learn more.
Camp Hope Day
August 23, 2013
9am - 3:30pm
Free full day of swimming
CLICK HERE to find out
how you can attend.
Bergen County New Jersey
Senior Citizens Day
September 17, 2013
10am - 3pm
Van Saun Park, Paramus
CLICK HERE to view flyer.
A Professional Summit
to Commemorate the
of the 1973 article which first described
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
September 26 - 27, 2013
CLICK HERE to find out more.
Save The Date
The Arc's 23rd Annual
October 7, 2013
Preakness Hills Country Club, Wayne, NJ
Save The Date
The Arc's Annual
Holiday Dinner Dance
December 11, 2013
The Venetian, Garfield, NJ
is a private not-for profit organization of families, self advocates,
professionals and community members dedicated to assisting individuals with
developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc is a membership organization
affiliated with The Arc of New Jersey and The Arc of the United States.
Please take action regarding the New Jersey Fiscal Year 2014 Budget! We need your help!
CLICK HERE to learn how you can help.
Please click on the attached:
Frequently Asked Questions About Medicaid Eligibility
DDD Troubleshooting form for individuals who are denied Medicaid eligibility
This week is National Preparedness Week and June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. With the federal government’s Climate Prediction Center warning of an active or extremely active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, Rx Response officials said today that its two key programs that help citizens and communities recover from the impact of hurricanes - Rx Open and Rx on the Run - were ready for action.CLICK HERE to learn more about these programs.
When the children under age 21 were transferred to DCF from DDD any family support services they were receiving were authorized to continue automatically through either June 30, 2013 or December 31, 2013. For the 200 families whose services were authorized through June 30th, a letter is going out early this week asking them to call into PerformCare to fill out their family support applications, if they have not already done so. CLICK HERE to view the letter.
The New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center is pleased to announce the start of the NJ CURE Pilot Program. The goal of this Pilot Program is to make it possible for any individual in New Jersey, who does not have insurance or does not have the financial ability to pay for an eye exam or a pair of eyeglasses, to receive assistance through NJ CURE with the application help of a local Lions Club and a local Eyecare Provider who is willing to donate an eye exam. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Check out The Arc in the News:
The Record: N.J. group homes offer care and community for the severely disabled
The Record: Day programs a critical piece of the community system of care for the disabled
To celebrate Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities has traveled across the state to profile people with I/DD who live, work, learn, and play in our communities for a four-part internet podcast series.
CLICK HERE to see part two and learn more about Elda and Myrta, two women with developmental disabilities who live in the community in Plainfield, NJ and are thriving - pursuing their own interests and enjoying full and active lives.
Help us with our strategic planning process by completing this short survey: Click here to take survey.
CLICK HERE to view all of the information that was presented at The Arc of New Jersey's two recent Medicaid Eligibility Webinars (March 5 and 11, 2013).You can view the Webinars in full and also click on the downloadable PowerPoint presentations of each of the five speakers.
Summer Camp Tuition Assistance for Children
The Department of Children and Families has posted their 2013 summer camp application, tuition guidelines and procedures at the perform care website. CLICK HERE to visit webisite. Applications are due by April 30th.
NOTE: Adults over age 20 should contact the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Division of Disability Services.
For more information on The Arc's Camp Rainbow, CLICK HERE.
In order to help answer some questions and concerns regarding The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) new rule, mandating that all individuals 21 and over must be eligible for Medicaid in order to continue receiving services through DDD, they recently added a "Medicaid Eligibility and DDD" section to its website. On it you will find Frequently Asked Questions, Fact Sheets and Medicaid Document Checklists.
DDD also established an an email address and phone number specifically for provider agencies and for families to use to contact DDD with questions or concerns regarding Medicaid eligibility (DDD.MediElighelpdesk@dhs.state.nj.us,
Additionally, The Arc of NJ provided THIS FLYER with information about Medicaid’s Disable Adult Child (DAC) provision.
Mark Vanderwerf and Kathy Walsh are interviewed by Fox 5 News about Joe Flacco’s use of the "R" word. CLICK HERE to view the interview.
IMPORTANT: New DDD Rule Mandates Medicaid Eligibility for Adults Age 21 and Over to Receive Services
We have begun plans for this year’s 16th Annual Step Up For The Arc Walk and will announce the day shortly.
The State Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has issued new eligibility regulations (CLICK HERE)
which are effective as of January 22, 2013 and which
- Require individuals be MEDICAID eligible (CLICK HERE) to be eligible for DDD and to receive any funded DDD services such as Residential (Group Homes etc) , Day Program, Family Support, Respite, Camp, Real Life Choices, Self Determination, Self Directed Services, etc.
- Individuals who are not currently MEDICAID eligible they must become eligible by MARCH 23rd. For extenuating circumstance DDD may grant an additional 30 days.
- Individuals who are not MEDICAID eligible as of March 23rd will not be able to continue to receive services.
You must take action immediately!
- If the individual has never applied for MEDICAID you must immediately submit an application for them to the County Board of Social Services.
Bergen County Board of Social Services
216 Route 17 North
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Fax: (201) 368-8710
Passaic County Board of Social Services
80 Hamilton Street
Paterson, NJ 07505-2060
Fax: (973) 881-3232
- If the individual currently has Medicaid, they must remain eligible. The person’s assets must remain below $2,000. Medicaid periodically does a reauthorization review. Please ensure that the paperwork they need for the review is sent in promptly.
- If the individual has lost their Medicaid due to a delay in providing paperwork or information, you MUST resolve any outstanding issue immediately. Non-compliance is not grounds for an extension of the 60 day time frame.
- If the individual lost their Medicaid or was deemed ineligible or you know they will be ineligible due to a problem that cannot be resolved, please call me for assistance. If I cannot help you I will put you in touch with someone who can.
Medicaid is an income and asset related benefit. No funds such as insurance policies, investments, inheritances, burial funds or other accounts should be in the name of the individual or have the individual as a beneficiary. Likewise individuals cannot receive cash in excess of the income limits nor have certain assets used to pay for room and board.
For individuals who have assets which would make them ineligible for MEDICAID, The Arc’s Planning and Guardianship Corporation can provide you with assistance in establishing a Medicaid eligible Special Needs Individual Trust and/or participating in The Arc’s MEDICAID eligible Community Trust. We can also assist you in setting up a Medicaid eligible prepaid Burial Trust if needed.
We are always available to help and answer questions. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.
Until then, check out this article and pictures
by BogotaNJ.com of last year’s event. It was a lot of fun and we hope to see you all again this year!
For more new information from the Department of Children and Families, the state agency responsible for children with developmental disabilities as of January 1st CLICK HERE.
Updated information about the transfer on January 1, 2013, of children with developmental disabilities from the Division of Developmental Disabilities to the Department of Children and Families is available by CLICKING HERE.
Tom Baffuto, Executive Director for The Arc of New Jersey, testified at the Assembly Budget hearing on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
CLICK HERE to see the video.
Kathy Walsh, President/CEO and Mark VanderWerf, Self-Advocate testified at the NJ Senate Budget hearing to ask the Legislature to support the funding in Governor’s proposed budget for Vocational Rehabilitation programs such as the Arc’s programs in Hackensack and Elmwood Park. CLICK HERE to read Kathy's testimony summary. CLICK HERE to read her full testimony.
Ralph Mastrangelo, Jr. Immediate past Chair Arc Board of Trustees provides testimony at NJ Senate Budget hearing on March 13, 2012 in support of a 3% adjustment to cover the true cost of care for residential and day programs. CLICK HERE to read his testimony.
Do you know your waiting list number? The State of New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) recently sent out letters to all families in the PRIORITY Category of the waiting list telling them what number they are on the waiting list. If you do not receive a letter by October 22nd and believe you are in the priority category, please contact Denbigh Shelton at the Arc of NJ- DShelton@arcnj.org or (732) 246-2525, ext. 49. She will try to help you sort this out with DDD.
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