ACTION ALERTS:

Save Employment Choices- 14c

As an agency serving all levels of abilities, we are deeply concerned with the latest efforts to eliminate FLSA Section 14c as part of a stimulus bill. Agencies holding a 14c certificate are able to provide individuals with significant disabilities the opportunity to earn a paycheck at their own pace and productivity level.  These employment training programs provide critical supports, in a desired, structured setting. Don’t let others decide employment options for you or your loved one. Please see the attached flyer with more information and make your voice heard!!

Voice Your Choice- Protect Special Wage Provision 14c Flyer: Click HERE


Ombudsman

Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families Annual Report for 2019

Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families Annual Report for 2018

According to P.L. 2017, c.269 (c.30:1AA-9.1-9.3), the Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or
Developmental Disabilities and Their Families (“Ombudsman”) is required to “issue a written report annually
to the Commissioner of Human Services and the Commissioner of Children and Families. The report shall
include a summary of the services the ombudsman provided during the year, and any specific
recommendations the ombudsman deems appropriate and necessary concerning the State’s implementation
of procedures with respect to providing individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities with
services and supports.

The Office of the Ombudsman, which is in, but not of, the Department of the Treasury, was created by law in January 2018, granting the governor appointment authority.

As the ombudsman, Aronsohn will organize and direct the work of the office with duties that include:

  1. Serving as a source of information for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families and interested members of the public, to help them better understand state and federal laws and regulations;
  2. Coordinating with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, to provide information and support on navigating and understanding the process for obtaining services from the state Division of Children's System of Care and the Division of Developmental Disabilities, including information on transitioning between the two programs;
  3. Providing information and communication strategies to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families for resolving disagreements with various state agencies, as well as education on the available options for resolving such disputes;
  4. Working with service recipients, families and the departments to facilitate the provision of services and supports;
  5. Identifying common concerns for individuals and their families, and making recommendations to the Division of Children's System of Care and the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Human Services; and
  6. To assist the Division of Children's System of Care and the Division of Developmental Disabilities in creating public information programs designed to inform individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, their families, and the public about the role of the ombudsman.

Under law, the ombudsman is also required to issue a written report annually to the commissioners of both the Department of Human Services and the Department of Children and Families, as well as the governor and the legislature.

Contact:

Paul S. Aronsohn, Ombudsman
For Individuals with I/DD and Their Families
State of NJ
PO BOX 205
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-984-7764
paul.aronsohn@treas.nj.gov


Ask Me! Campaign

Tell YOUR story and have YOUR voice heard…head on over to the Ask Me Campaign if you are a worker with disabilities, family member, friend, guardian or advocate – and Community Vocational Rehabilitation Programs are an important employment training option for you or someone you support.

These programs provide the best preparation and assistance for securing and maintaining an integrated job in the community…always the first goal. They also provide employment opportunities in their own businesses that may not otherwise be available. Having a place to go to work, and knowing that you have contributed to the community provides everyone with a sense of dignity and pride.

If you want to preserve options and choice, join the conversation on the Ask Me Campaign website. Your feedback and opinion is valuable and needed in order to help define the future of employment for people with different abilities. http://www.askmecampaign.org/