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.


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


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NJACP Connecting the Community to Its Members

To provide assistance to members of our community that are seeking services, NJACP has redesigned its website to include all of its member agencies.  Beyond the list of providers, the public may sort by county, by service, by city, by types of living arrangements, by specialist on staff among other categories to identify potential providers of services for their loved ones.  Upon finding an agency of interest, a click on its logo will lead right to the organization’s website.  NJACP welcomes feedback and should there be additional information that would be of interest and value in the search process, please contact Colleen Klepser at cklepser@njacp.org.

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.




BREAKING! Senate Voting on AHCA – Take Action!!!

Dear NJACP Member:

Please see the update on the AHCA.  Now called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.

Senators Menendez and Booker are very supportive.  Please call their offices — thank them for their support and let them know you are concerned about the developments of the Senate healthcare bill.  Any questions can be directed to mshea@njacp.org  Thank-You!  View the web and mobile version here.

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Tell Congress: Do Not Decimate Medicaid!

Save Services and Supports for People with IDD

Congress is moving quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and with it reform the Medicaid system as we know it. The Republican majority in Congress favors reforming Medicaid to a block grant or per capita cap system. Both proposals cap the amount of funding states receive from the federal government to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Under the current system, the state receives federal matching funds to provide services and supports to people, including additional funding as a person’s needs rise or as enrollment rises.

Implementing a block grant system would provide a lump sum payment to each state which usually contains an inflationary factor; however, it would not be enough to cover additional expenses as people age, or as people seek to move off of the Waiting List. A per capita cap program would cap funding for services for each individual in the program; however, funding is provided for increases in enrollment.

Both types of funding structures are designed to reduce Medicaid costs to the federal government and, therefore, would cut funding to services and supports for people with IDD. States are left to fund additional expenses for people, including increased needs, and, in the case of block grants, increased enrollment. New Jersey’s budget is already strained with funding the public employee pension fund and other expenses. There is no additional funding for people with IDD.

While the per capita cap proposals are preferable to block grants, NJACP opposes both as ultimately harming people with IDD. NJACP is recommending a carve out of people with IDD regardless of which proposal is passed.

  • For additional information to share with policymakers and for talking points, please click here. This document can also be sent to a Member of Congress.

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