Video: Assessment Through NJ CAT – Hours: 15 minutes
Webinar: DDD’s System Reform: Understanding What it Means for Someone Who is
currently receiving DDD Services – Hours: 2.5
NJ CAT Assessment Completion – Hours: 45 minutes

Presenters: Jennifer Joyce, Supports Program and Employment Services NJDDD
Christine James, NJDHS

04/16/2015 – 09/26/2015

Total Hours: 4.5

As our children with special needs have received services under an IEP potentially through age 21, individuals with Developmental Disabilities can continue to receive services from the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities. The system is undergoing a major change from the way individuals are currently receive funding to enable them to lead independent and productive lives. In order to provide special education services at the school level, assessments are required to determine eligibility. The same holds true as our children graduate high school and begin their adult lives. For those individuals who have needs that continue to be pervasive and affect their ability to live on their own without supports, hold a job above the poverty level, and/or care for themselves, as compared to their neuro-typical peers, assistance is available. The Division is now considered to be a Fee for Service organization and under the auspices of the Federal government and individuals need to be Medicaid eligible. Included in the system reform is the way services can be accessed and establish a universal fee system so that all services in the same category are the same, despite the provider. Once Medicaid is established an assessment is required to determine eligibility. It is called the NJ CAT. Tiers have been established for determination of financial support. There are two levels of financial support that result from the NJ CAT assessment. The higher level is called a CCW (Community Care Waiver). These individuals are in need of institutional level of care. Everyone else who becomes eligible falls into the Supports Program. There are many layers to the distribution of funds. Families must select a Support Coordinator who assists the family in developing an Individual Service Plan (ISP) formally known as an Essential Life Plan (ELP) which includes listing natural supports already accessible, goals of the individuals and a plan to achieve those goals. This plan includes financial support for related services, attendance at a gym, salary for Direct Care Specialists (DSP), activity fees for the DSP, and transportation costs, among other things. The new system is being introduced in various cadres to work out any issues that arise. Over the next 12-18 months, all identified developmentally disabled individuals will be switched to the new system.

This LDT/C completed the NJ CAT as a caretaker of an immediate family member. In accordance with the Health and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) slides of the assessment can not be shared. The assessment itself focused on daily living skills, medical needs, level of independence and the like. Results of this assessment may not be received for several months.