Getting the Community Life You Want
A Guide to Home and Community Based Services Advocacy
The Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Final Rule, a federal policy change announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), provides new opportunities for people with disabilities to have the kinds of community services they want. The Rule requires that the places where people receive HCBS waiver services offer full access to the benefits of community life.
Last year, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) submitted a transition plan to CMS describing how they will make sure that Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and the places where they are provided promote integration and access to the community, choice, individual rights, and independence. Using feedback provided by CMS, DHS has revised this plan, recorded a webinar to provide an overview of the Statewide Transition Plan, and released a draft Addendum to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) that is open for public comment through August 31, 2016. Links to these resources can be found in Acting DHS Commissioner Connolly's announcement of the public comment period.
This is a great opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to share what community life means to them and what changes need to be made so the services they receive provide opportunities to be integrated in their communities, make choices, and realize individual rights and independence.
The Statewide Transition Plan Comment Period Edition of the guide is available for download on The Boggs Center website, and provides information about the HCBS Final Settings Rule along with resources to help you give input to Home and Community Based Services and New Jersey's Statewide Transition Plan.
New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Now Accepting Applications
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities was awarded funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities to coordinate New Jersey Partners in Policymaking.
New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members. The goal of program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.
Participants selected for the program will learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts through a series of educational leadership development sessions held one weekend per month, beginning in November of this year and ending next June.
The Boggs Center is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members interested in participating. Visit the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking page on The Boggs Center's website to learn more about the program and how to apply.
Applications must be received by September 9, 2016, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 30.
The Boggs Center Receives $2.2M Grant for Student Training in Autism and Related Disabilities
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program grant totaling $2.2 million over five years from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center, said the NJLEND will “enable The Boggs Center to improve the lives of New Jersey’s children, young adults, and their families living with Autism, through interdisciplinary clinical leadership training to develop the next generation of health leaders and advocates.” Read more