Our Mission

The New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) represents a dynamic community of diverse providers dedicated to advancing sustainable community-based services and supports that enrich lives and build futures for people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities across the state.

Who We Help

NJACP provides support and services to its member agencies that serve our neighbors, family and friends living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  NJACP is an association with its members reflecting a dynamic community of diverse providers dedicated to advancing sustainable community based services and supports that enrich lives and build futures for people.  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities live with diagnosis that can limit cognitive functioning and adaptive behavior and are life-long.  The services our members provide range from residential homes and apartments to employment and vocational programs all with the objective of helping  people live healthy, happy and  active lives in the community.

NJACP Stars Shine Bright – 18th Annual STARS Awards Dinner

NJACP held its annual Community Stars Awards Dinner on May 9, 2017 at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton. The event celebrated individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have overcome obstacles to accomplish individual achievements in the community (in photo above). Friends, family and caregivers celebrated with the Stars nominated in 2017 by NJACP agencies. It was an inspirational evening filled with stories of personal success as well as cutting the rug on the dance floor.

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Stars 2017 Photo page (will be updated with additional photos as they become available).

 

2017 Message from CEO

  Valerie Sellers

When I started at NJACP, one of my first goals was to increase member visibility and engagement with policymakers in both the Legislative and Executive branches as too often our community was “invisible” from an advocacy perspective. Who better to speak about the needs of our community than those that serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) every single day? NJACP’s members needed to be the voice of advocacy.  What a difference just a few years make.

NJACP’s Board of Directors made advocacy its number one priority, supporting bringing key legislators to NJACP membership meetings, which has provided an opportunity for legislators to learn about who we are and give providers a voice. We have a number of legislators that have taken the time to meet with us such as U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Senators Stephen Sweeney (Senate President, D-3) and Joe Vitale (Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services cmtee, D-19), Assemblymen Vince Prieto (Speaker of the Assembly, D-32), Dan Benson (Assembly Health cmtee, D-14), Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) and Gordon Johnson (D-37), Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter (Assembly Health cmtee, D-35) and Valerie Huttle (Chairperson of the Assembly Human Services cmtee, D-37) and Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, among others.

To some legislators, it was the first substantive discussion they had regarding the IDD community.  For those that are more knowledgeable, it was yet more support they were willing to provide.  Such support is never taken for granted as we are rarely at the front of the line with campaign contributions. Moreover, community services are funded almost exclusively by Medicaid, which serves people with disabilities, the poor and children, not the most visible voting population. It is not surprising, therefore, that providers questioned if their advocacy would ever make a difference.  Last year and this year we have learned our voices are being heard and with just a single phone call, we can change the course of legislation.

 

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FROM DHS: Please read…Doctor Practicing without License

Please read the following article.  https://patch.com/new-jersey/hackettstown/hackettstown-doctor-practiced-medicine-without-license-prosecutor-says

Per DHS, one service provider agency in that area had individuals from 17 of their residential programs as patients of the doctor named in the article and it is in the process of finding new physicians for the people it serves.  If you have used the physician referenced in the article, please contact the Warren County prosecutor’s office.

FORD Recall

Dear NJACP Member:

Ford has issued a recall on 2015-2017 transit vans and bus vehicles. While Ford is not aware of any injuries, it is critical the driveshaft is repaired in the vehicles described below. For more information see below and please click on the link as well which connects directly to the Ford site for instructions.

  • Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 400,000 2015-17 Ford Transit van/bus vehicles with medium, long and extended wheelbases and chassis cab/cutaways with medium wheelbases to replace the driveshaft flexible coupling.
  • In the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied. In addition, separation of the driveshaft from the transmission can result in secondary damage to surrounding components, including brake and fuel lines. A driveshaft separation may increase the risk of injury or crash.
  • Affected vehicles include 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 17, 2014 to June 15, 2017.
  • The recall involves approximately 402,462 vehicles in North America (370,630 in the U.S., 2,361 in federalized territories, 3,217 in Mexico and 26,254 in Canada). The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S15.

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2017/06/28/ford-issues-one-safety-recall-and-two-safety-compliance-recalls.html

Please note an NJACP member who operates these vehicles has been asked not use the vehicle until it is repaired, so please check the notice to see if your agency’s vehicles are impacted.

Thank you.

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