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

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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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Calendar

Sep
28
Thu
10:00 am Support Coordination @ NJACP Office
Support Coordination @ NJACP Office
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chair: Carolyn Suero, Senior Director of Alternatives, Inc. If you have any questions or would like to participate in this committee please call 609-406-1400
Oct
11
Wed
10:00 am Member Resources Committee @ NJACP Office
Member Resources Committee @ NJACP Office
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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
Oct
18
Wed
10:00 am Monthly Membership (9:30 Network... @ NJACP Office
Monthly Membership (9:30 Network... @ NJACP Office
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Due to limited parking spaces at our office location, once the parking lot if full, please proceed to the first left immediately following the NJACP sign (Chief Wm. C. Forest Lane- There is also a read more
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

July Membership Meeting Rescheduled! Lt. Governor to speak at August 14th NJACP Membership Meeting

 

The July 19th NJACP Monthly Membership meeting, has been reschdeuled.  The meeting will now occur on Monday, August 14th at 12:30 p.m.  Networking begins at 12 noon.  The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the Republican candidate for New Jersey Governor,  will be the speaker at the meeting.  We sincerely appreciate the Lt. Governor accommodating NJACP in her schedule and coming to meet with our Membership.

The Lt. Governor is running this fall against the Democrat candidate, Phil Murphy, who spoke to members at the April meeting.

To our Membership, we understand it may be difficult to attend an August meeting.  We felt it important to have the Lt. Governor visit NJACP, hence the meeting date change.  Please make every effort to attend the meeting and consider bringing additional staff as well.

Please RSVP to cklepser@njacp.org if you plan on attending this important meeting.

A pizza lunch will be served to attendees.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in August!

NJACP Accepting Board Nominations

NJACP is now accepting nominations for its Board of Directors.  Please click here for the cover letter to the 2018 Board of Directors (BoD) nomination application, which provides information regarding a Board position and the nominating process.  The 2018 Board of Directors Application can be downloaded here.

This information will also appear in NJACP e-news.  Completed applications must be submitted by September 8, 2017.

Please contact NJACP headquarters at 609-406-1400 or admin@njacp.org  if you have any questions.

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.

ANCOR Statement regarding the Senate Healthcare Vote

 

Statement from Barbara Merrill on the Defeat of the Health Care Freedom Act

In the early hours of the morning, the vote to pass the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017 in the U.S. Senate failed.  To read the full ANCOR statement, click here.

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