MILESTONES MENTORING PROGRAM
The Milestones Mentoring Program connects children to various activities and services available within their community while working toward individual goals - milestones - identified by the Child Family Team. Activities includes social, recreational, and educational activities typically found within the child's community, allowing him/her to continue to engage in positive activities long after services have ended. For older clients who wish to find employment, the Institute's mentors will work with them to identify their strengths and areas of interest and to find opportunities in their respective areas.
To access the Milestones Mentoring Program, contact your local care management organization or email us at info(at)ibhdd.org.
RESTFUL RESPITE PROGRAM
The Restful Respite Program provides both in-home and in-community services in a temporary absence or disability of a parent, guardian, or other immediate caregiver in accordance with guidelines developed by the contracting entity.
The Institute's respite services may be accessed through the local care management organization or by emailing us at info(at)ibhdd.org.
YOUTH BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS PROGRAM
The Institute employs a number of methodologies to address youth behaviors, including positive behavior supports, Nurtured Heart Approach, and Applied Behavior Analysis.
For more information on the Behavioral Supports Program, please contact us at info(at)ibhdd.org.
A Therapeutic Summer Enrichment Program provided by the
Institute for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Inc.
The program provides academic enrichment, recreation, community engagement activities, and therapeutic groups during the summer months. The program supports youth, ages 8 to 15, with behavioral challenges and living in Essex, Union, and Hudson Counties.
For more information on Project Life, please visit the program site at www.projectlifenj.org.
The Institute provides Support Coordination services for adults participating in Self Directed Day Services on the Supports Program Waiver through the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Below is a list of frequently asked questions about Support Coordination services and resources we find helpful to share with consumers seeking to select a support coordination agency. If there are additional resources you feel should be added, please let us know at info(at)ibhdd.org.
What do Support Coordinators do?
Support Coordinators work to ensure consumers receive the necessary supports at home, at work, and in the community. They help to identify the needs of the consumer and his or her caregivers and connect consumers to the most appropriate and available services through the development of an Individualized Service Plan. Support Coordinators also work to ensure consumers receive the appropriate level of services and that authorized services are meeting their individual needs throughout the plan year. In all, Support Coordinators assume case management responsibilities for a client from the Division of Developmental Disabilities and perform mandated monthly contacts.
Where do Support Coordinators work?
Support Coordinators are not office-based as their responsibility is to work with consumers, caregivers, and providers in the field. Because of this, any urgent matters or issues requiring immediate attention should be forwarded to the Director of Case Management Services. While we make every effort to respond to every request or email in a timely manner, it is our policy to respond within 24 hours of an email or the same day to voice messages left before 3PM and the next business day for voice messages left
What area does the Institute provide Support Coordination Services?
Support Coordination services at the Institute are available in all counties except Essex County. Services are currently available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and American Sign Language. We will update this section as services in other languages become available.
What services can I access through Support Coordination?
Services for which clients are eligible under Support Coordination include:
Assistive Technology, Behavioral Management, Career Planning, Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy, Community-Based Supports, Community Inclusion Services, Day Habilitation, Environmental Modifications, Fiscal Management Services, Goods & Services, Interpreter Services, Natural Supports Training, Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapies, Personal Emergency Response System, Prevocational Services, Respite, Support Coordination, Supported Employment – Individual, Supported Employment – Small Group, Supports Brokerage, Transportation, and Vehicle Modifications.
Does the Institute offer other services to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities?
Yes, the Institute offers behavioral supports, community-based supports, day habilitation programs, prevocational services, respite, supported employment services, and transportation services in Essex County only. Clients receiving services through Support Coordination are not permitted to also access DDD-funded direct services by the same provider as it presents a conflict of interest. Clients wishing to access these services may do so by terminating Support Coordination services through the Institute, and ask to be placed on a six-month waiting list as required by the Conflict Free policy of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities.
The Institute also offers Home Health Aide services which may be accessed through your insurance company. Clients may receive Support Coordination and HHA services at that the same time as it presents no conflict (DDD does not fund HHA services through the Institute; however, if at any point in time the Division funds the Institute's HHA services, a conflict will exist and services would be terminated within 30 days of written notice).
How do I access Support Coordination Services?
If you or your loved one is 21 years of age or older, eligible for DDD services, and not receiving services through the Community Care Waiver (CCW), complete the Support Coordination Agency Selection Form provided to you by DDD and list Institute for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities as your first and only choice and email it to DDD.SCHelpDesk@dhs.state.nj.us. Please note that new graduates are assigned to Support Coordination Agencies beginning in April of each year.
What if I have a Support Coordination Agency and I want to change?
You may switch Support Coordination Agencies once every 30 days by emailing the Support Coordination Help Desk at DDD.SCHelpDesk@dhs.state.nj.us and informing them that you wish to switch to the Institute for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to submitting your notice to DDD, please ensure you are in our service area as shown above.
Where can I obtain additional information on Support Coordination?
For more information on Support Coordination services, please email:
You may also visit the Division of Developmental Disabilities web page at http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/index.html.
ADULT DAY HABILITATION PROGRAM
The Adult Day Habilitation Program provides adult clients with meaningful services aimed at skill acquisition, building positive social behaviors, and interpersonal skills and experiences in order to fully participate in their community. Activities include problem-solving skill building, self-help, social skills, adaptive skills, daily living skills, and leisure skills. The Adult Day Habilitation Program offers supports on site and in the community.
The Institute's staff works with clients to identify their strengths, desired employment, and develops training tailored to where clients are in their paths to employment. Clients and staff work to identify a potential employer and complete the application and interview process at the client's pace. Once clients receive offers of employment, staff will work with the employer to schedule and complete training and orientation as well as to assist the client in the beginning stages of their employment. This process is highly individualized and no one process looks the same from client to client.
Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision and training.
Prevocational training provides learning and work experiences, including volunteer work, where clients can develop general, non-job-task-specific strengths and skills that contribute to employability in paid employment in integrated community settings. Services may include training in effective communication with supervisors, co-workers, and customers; generally accepted community workplace conduct and dress; staying on task and following instructions; workplace problem-solving skills; and general workplace safety and mobility training.
The Institute's staff is trained in Positive Behavior Supports, the Nurtured Heart Approach, and other behavioral methods to decrease clients' negative behaviors. Staff supporting clients with behavioral concerns also receive additional supports in developing plans to decrease undesirable behaviors.
The Institute provides both in-home, out-of-home, and group respite activities for clients whose families need this level of support. In-home and out-of-home (community-based) respite services are tailored to the client's and family's need but are limited to the hours established in the client's plan.
Community-Based Supports are those services that provide direct support and assistance for participants to achieve and/or maintain the outcomes of increased independence, productivity, enhanced family functioning, and inclusion in the community as outlined in his/her service plan. Services take place one-on-one and may include but is not limited to assistance with community-based activities, assistance and training in self-care, social skills, and activities of daily living.
LEAPS & BOUNDS PROGRAM
The Leaps & Bounds Program is a community inclusion program and take place outside the home and assists in educational, enrichment, and recreational activities. The overall goal is to increase the level of inclusion in one's community.
For more information on the Leaps & Bounds Program, see our program flier or email us at info(at)ibhdd.org.
HOME HEALTH SERVICES
The Home Health Services program is currently under review and pending approval by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Please check here regularly for updates on the status of the program.
CONSULTATION & TRAINING
Our team provides consultation and training services based on years of experience in supporting individuals with behavioral health needs; planning for the transition from an individual's educational entitlements to their adult services; and identifying and connecting individuals to a variety of services in and around their community. For more information on our Consultation and Training unit, please email info(at)ibhdd.org.
Trainings Currently Available:
Developmental Disabilities and the Job Market: Supports needed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the benefits to business hiring individuals with disabilities, and community impact are discussed.
Workplace Diversity: Diversity is key for almost every setting. However, working with people with disabilities may be new to some. This training helps participants to better understand intellectual and developmental disabilities and the benefits of having people with disabilities in the workplace. This training is tailored to the individual host agency.
Advocacy: Techniques for advocating for your disabled child, the various systems of care available within the State of New Jersey, and key programs and services that support advocacy, independence, among other issues affecting today's disabled population are discussed.
Self-Determination: Techniques for empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are discussed.
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