Statewide Transition Plan
What is the “Statewide Transition Plan”?
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)’s “Statewide Transition Plan” (STP) is required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that Medicaid’s home and community-based services programs (HCBS) provide full access to the benefits of community living and other services in the most integrated setting. New Jersey and other states are required to come into full compliance with Medicaid rule by March 17, 2019. (UPDATE: Extended to March 2022)
See timeline below for full details on Autism New Jersey's advocacy efforts.
What does this mean for you?
If you or your loved one receives or is eligible for services via Medicaid (as most adults with autism in the state of New Jersey do), then New Jersey’s plan will affect you.
These guidelines impact residential supports (both in- and out-of-home), supported employment, day habilitation programs, respite and family support.
Home and Community-based Settings (HCBS) waivers are the main source of financial support for adults with autism to access publicly-funded services. DDD has proposed changes to how these programs are administered. Some of these policies would advance the quality of care (person-centered planning); other policies would reduce the availability of publicly-funded housing and service options.
What is Autism New Jersey doing?
Since January 2015, Autism New Jersey has been engaged with parents, providers, sister agencies, the Administration and the Legislature to address common concerns and how these changes will affect individuals with autism, especially those with more significant support needs.
We've provided testimony and recommendations and continue to work to advocate for the needs of our members and stakeholders. The timeline below outlines some of the major activity surrounding the plan, its revision and status. We will update this section with additional news and information as it becomes available.
Read our update of where things stand with the STP on the year anniversary of its release for public content.
For an archive of our Statewide Transition Plan Action Alerts, click here.
|December 8, 2016
||DHS submits amended plan to CMS, with Autism New Jersey's recommendations included. A significant public policy victory! Learn more>>
||ACTION ALERT: DDD announced on June 28 that a revised draft Statewide Transition Plan was expected to be released in July 2016 for public comment. On July 1, the Division released an Addendum to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP). The Division also posted a pre-recorded webinar to provide an overview of the Statewide Transition Plan. DHS announced three regional public listening sessions in early August. Learn more>>
|January 26, 2016
||One year later...Where things stand
|October 28, 2015
||Related: DHS/DDD opens public comment period for renewal of CCW waiver. Deadline: December 1, 2015.
|October 1, 2015
||CMS issues "CMIA" Letter to DHS/DDD, requesting clarifications and/or modifications that are required for CMS's initial approval of plan
|June 10, 2015
||NJ Senate Legislative Oversight Committee meets to address issues surrounding the STP. Read Autism New Jersey's testimony here.
|April 18, 2015
||Plan submitted by DHS/DDD to CMS. Read our analysis. Issues requiring continued advocacy remain, including those relating to housing density restrictions.
|March 18, 2015
||30-day extension granted by CMS for DHS/DDD to fully incorporate comments into plan
|February 26, 2015
||Deadline for public comments; Thank you to all our stakeholders and constituents who submitted comments. Click here for more info.
|January 26, 2015
||DHS/DDD opens public comment period for their Statewide Transition Plan