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Mar
6
Tue
1:00 pm Day Services Constituency Group ... @ NJACP Office
Day Services Constituency Group ... @ NJACP Office
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chairpersons: Jennifer Rector, Everas Community Services, and Derry Holland, Oaks Integrated Services If you have any questions about this meeting, or would like to join this group, please call 609-406-1400.
Mar
14
Wed
10:00 am Human Resources Constituency Gro... @ NJACP Office
Human Resources Constituency Gro... @ NJACP Office
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chairpersons: Christine DiGiampaolo, Devereux NJ and Vicky Calabro, Everas If you have any questions or would like to participate in this committee please call 609-406-1400.
10:00 am Member Resources Committee Meeting @ NJACP Office
Member Resources Committee Meeting @ NJACP Office
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chair: Terry McKeon, Avidd If you have any questions or would like to participate in this committee please call 609-406-1400

Bill Updates

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STARS! 2018

will be held May 1, 2018, from 4 - 9 p.m. at The Stone Terrace.  Information will be sent and posted on the Stars Website Page as it becomes available.

NJACP Annual Conference

The NJACP 35th Annual Statewide Conference will be held November 15-16, 2018 at Bally's Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City.  Information about Registration, Speakers, Sponsorships, Exhibits, and Advertisers will be posted on the 35th Conference website page as it becomes available.

If you missed the 34th Annual Conference, find out what you missed by clicking here.

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.

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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NJACP Committees and Constituency Groups

Over the last few weeks, the NJACP office has sent Outlook Calendar invitations to all of its Committee and Constituency Groups for 2018 meeting dates and times.  If you did not receive meeting invitations for a Group that you belong to, or are interested in joining a Committee or Constituency Group, please contact the NJACP office by emailing admin@njacp.org, or calling 609-406-1400.

The following is a list of NJACP Committees and Constituency Groups open to all members.   Some meet monthly, while others meet bi-monthly or quarterly.

CFO: The Chief Financial Officer Constituency Group will serve as a resource for the finance professionals of member agencies. In addition, participating members will provide feedback and guidance to NJACP staff in relation to policy and regulatory issues as well as issues that will have an impact on the financial operations of agencies. Participants include CFOs, Accounting Department Managers as well as any other staff member that has responsibility for any aspect of financial management.

Corporate Compliance: The Compliance and QA Committee ensures member agencies have the necessary information and resources regarding corporate compliance and QA. The Compliance and QA Committee will seek expertise, solicit member feedback and develop new programs to prepare member agencies to successfully operate within New Jersey’s and the Federal regulatory environment.

Day Services: The Day Services Constituency Group of the New Jersey Association of Community Providers will identify, analyze and determine strategies to address legislative and regulatory issues, whether under consideration, proposed or adopted, that will have an impact on providers of Day Services. Strategies should strive to create an environment where providers can meet the needs of the consumers they serve and do so in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

HR: The Human Resources executives associated with the New Jersey Association of Community Providers and the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families (NJACYF) are working collaboratively to address issues related to providers.  The co-chairs represent both NJACP and NJACYF.

Legislative & Policy: The Legislative & Policy Committee educates key system partners on the effects of proposed legislation and regulation, and other venues of public policy, on the lives of consumers with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their families and the community-based agencies that provide supports and services. The L & P Constituency Group reviews, evaluates and advises the NJACP Board of Directors and key professional staff with regard to state and federal policies, pending legislation and the rules, regulations and procedures of executive agencies of the state and federal governments that are pertinent to community provider agencies. The evaluation and review allows for the thoughtful development and execution of policies. The outcome of deliberations will be used to education and influence decisions makers to positively affect the decisions they make concerning provider agencies.

Member Resources: The Member Resources Committee, with the objective of ensuring the ongoing value of NJACP membership, evaluates existing services for member agencies, solicits member feedback regarding future programs and develops new programs to prepare member agencies to successfully operate within New Jersey’s regulatory environment. In this effort, the Member Resources Committee develops and organizes educational programs, training and workshops for agencies and oversees the two major NJACP events, the Annual Conference and the annual STARS Awards Dinner. As part of the events, members of the Committee select the annual NJACP Leadership Award recipients.

Support Coordination: The Constituency Group is charged with identifying the most important issues and obstacles in current support coordination policies and procedures for the benefit of NJACP member agencies.  The goal is to develop best practices for the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and NJACP member agencies.

 

Member Spotlight

Last October, Special Homes of New Jersey, Inc., announced that it was changing its  corporate name to Avidd Community Services of New Jersey, Inc.

Incorporated in 1986, Avidd Community Services of NJ, formerly Special Homes of New Jersey, Inc. believes that developmental disabilities do not detract from the value that individuals hold.  Avidd dedicates its efforts to provide the assistance needed in order for  people with disabilities to fulfill their potential, become as self-sufficient as possible, and participate in the community around them.

Avidd's Executive Director is Terry McKeon, who is also serving on NJACP's Board as Secretary.  Terry has been a professional executive in the community-based developmental disabilities field since 1980. Over the last ten years, he has helped Avidd Community Services of NJ maintain its reputation for quality services, which is a result of developing a committed and connected team of professional residential managers, direct support professionals, clinicians, and Board of Directors. Additionally, his efforts have resulted in open lines of communication among parents, guardians, and other involved individuals.

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