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.

Bill Updates

Click  here for recent bill updates.

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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DOL Overtime Rule Comments Due by Close of Business on Monday, 9/25/2017

For detailed information and the RFI, please visit https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/26/2017-15666/request-for-information-defining-and-delimiting-the-exemptions-for-executive-administrative

NJACP is submitting the attached comments and urges each provider to submit comments as well. The employment issues contained in the DOL’s questions will be critical to every agency. Please feel free to utilize NJACP’s comments or to copy them wholesale and replace NJACP with your agency name. NJACP thanks ANCOR for its input into NJACP’s comments.

TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS:

Go to the website linked below, click the blue "Comment Now" button and insert your contact information and attach your comments: www.regulations.gov/docket?D=WHD-2017-0002.

Thank you for taking a few moments to weigh in with DOL! For more information on the rule, please see the attached NJACP E News.

 

Calendar

Oct
24
Tue
10:00 am Corporate Compliance & QA @ NJACP Office
Corporate Compliance & QA @ NJACP Office
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chairpersons: Donna Clinger Vice President and Quality Support and Training of Alternatives,  Inc. and Claire Rohrer Vice President and Community Residential Services of Bancroft If you have any questions or would like to participate in read more
Oct
25
Wed
10:00 am Human Resources @ NJACP Office
Human Resources @ NJACP Office
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chairpersons: Christine DiGiampaolo State Director, HR of Devereux NJ and Aggie Neimiec Human Resource Manager if Alternatives, Inc. If you have any questions or would like to participate in this committee please call 609-406-1400
Oct
31
Tue
10:00 am Legislative & Policy Committee @ NJACP Office
Legislative & Policy Committee @ NJACP Office
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chairpersons: Genie Drobit CEO and President of Quality Management Associates and Peter Bell CEO of Eden Autism Services If you have any questions or would like to participate in this committee please call 609-406-1400
Nov
8
Wed
12:30 pm Member Resources Committee @ NJACP Office
Member Resources Committee @ NJACP Office
Nov 8 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Chair: Terry McKeon, Executive Director, Special Homes of New Jersey. If you have any questions or would like to participate in this committee please call 609-406-1400
1:00 pm Day Services @ NJACP Office
Day Services @ NJACP Office
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chairperson: Jennifer Rector Executive Director of Everas Community Services If you have any questions or would like to participate in this committee please call 609-406-1400

ACA Repeal Update – Graham/Cassidy

The week of September 24th is the Senate's last chance to use the reconciliation process to pass harmful and irreparable Medicaid cuts by a simple majority.   A hearing is scheduled in the Senate Finance Committee on the Graham/Cassidy proposal on Monday, September 25th, at 2 p.m.  The plan is to then proceed to the floor for a vote.

Despite three Republican Senators committing to vote no on the most recent Affordable Care Act repeal bill, which will also transform Medicaid into a Per Capita Cap program, resulting in significant Medicaid cuts, Republican leadership continues to move forward with the bill, trying to sway Senators who are undecided (Senators Lisa Murkowski, AK and Susan Collins, ME are leaning no) or stated they are voting no (Senators John McCain, AZ, Rand Paul, KY,  and Ted Cruz, FL).  Senator Collins is awaiting the CBO preliminary score (due out the week of September 25th) and, with Senator Murkowski has expressed concerns over the bill.  Senator McCain is unhappy with the process and lack of bi-partisan discussion, Senator Paul opposes because the bill does not fully repeal Obamacare, and Senator Cruz opposes because his suggestions are not yet in the bill (some changes have been made this weekend to include his concerns).  Click here for the break-down of current positions by the 100 senators.

Over the weekend, the bill sponsors made changes to increase funding in the above states in the bill.  However, increasing the funding up front temporarily is not a fix - people in these states will still lose coverage.  States will lose significant Medicaid funding in the Per Capita Cap program contained in the bill.  The bill also makes it possible for insurers to charge much higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.

Updated text of the Graham Cassidy bill after weekend changes

  • Senate Finance Committee Hearing is today at 2 p.m.

On Monday, September 25, at 2 p.m. ET there is a hearing with two panels - hundreds are expected to show up to the hearing. If you would like to watch online please go to this site at 2 p.m ET (it will also be archived if you would like to watch it later):  https://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing-to-consider-the-graham-cassidy-heller-johnson-proposal

A tentative schedule of proceedings is that following the hearing a vote process will begin by Wednesday evening, September 27, and continue throughout the night into Thursday.  It is anticipated that on Friday morning a vote will be called (remember that members need to leave Friday to observe Yom Kippur which begins by sundown).  This could all change; it is the best information NJACP’s national affiliate, ANCOR, has at this time.

Some additional materials about the bill are below:

Call for Action

The bill remains a serious threat to Medicaid, among other healthcare programs.  Both of New Jersey’s Senators oppose the measure.  However, there are several states which are targeted because their Senators are considered “swing” votes.  ANCOR is asking if you know anyone in these swing states, to please ask them to call their Senator (a short phone script follows):

  • Rob Portman, OH: 202-224-3353
  • Shelley Moore Capito, WV: 202-224-6472
  • Jerry Moran, KS: 202-224-6521
  • Cory Gardner, CO: 202-224-5941
  • Lisa Murkowski, AK: 202-224-6665

Here is a phone call script:  "I am a constituent of your state and I am strongly opposed to the Graham/Cassidy bill. This bill is being paid for in part by cuts to Medicaid funding for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our programs are proven to be successful and spend Medicaid dollars efficiently, but there is no room for further cuts –  if you support this bill, our businesses will fail and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will suffer. Please tell the Senator to oppose Graham/Cassidy."

Request for Action: Again, If you do not live in these states, you can help out by asking your friends and family who do to call their Senators. Because of the short amount of time before this bill comes up for a vote, calls will be the most effective way to communicate with Congress.

 

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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