NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)DDD funds services and supports for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. These services are offered in the community by more than 250 agencies or by more than 600 individuals and in six residential developmental centers administered by the division.
DDD provides case management and/or information and referral services to everyone who is eligible to receive the services it funds. DDD funds three types of services for people who reside in the community: day services, including supports for people who are employed, residential services, including individual supports that assist an individual living at home or elsewhere in the community, and family support services, that assist families caring for loved ones at home.
NJ MedicaidDDD recommends that youth who will be accessing services through them have Medicaid in place in order to fund services. Please click on the link to learn more about the application process.
NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
DVRS is a state agency that helps persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain and keep their jobs. DVRS staff are rehabilitation counselors who are trained to help people with disabilities obtain employment. Although students aged 14 with a transition plan may receive help from DVRS, a student doesn't actually start working with a counselor until it is within two years of anticipated graduation. The rehabilitation counselor will meet with the student to evaluate eligibility for DVRS services. To be eligible, an individual must have a disability that makes it hard to get and keep a job, and must require rehabilitation services in order to work.
NJ Transit-Access Link
Access Link is a public transportation service developed to comply with the paratransit regulations of the ADA. Access Link service is comparable to the NJ TRANSIT local fixed route bus system. Access Link is for people with disabilities who are unable to use the local fixed route bus. In order to use Access Link, you must first apply for eligibility.
Information on Guardianship
At 18, all individuals, including those with developmental disabilities, reach the legal age of majority. This means that parents can no longer make decisions legally on behalf of their children, regardless of the nature of their disability and regardless of whether or not they still live with their family.
Some families may want to consider guardianship as an option for their family member. A guardian is defined as “a person or agency appointed by a court to act on behalf of an individual”.
Establishing guardianship is a legal process, and many families turn to the Bureau of Guardianship Services at the Department of Human Services for help with the process. Guardianship, however, can be established without the Bureau’s involvement.