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. The 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.

STP Timeline

December 8, 2016 DHS submits amended plan to CMS, with Autism New Jersey's recommendations included. A significant public policy victory! Learn more>>
July/August 2016 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

Important STP update

Advocacy Victory! STP submitted with recommended changes

On December 8, 2016, the Department of Human Services submitted its response to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) review of NJ’s Statewide Transition Plan.  After several months of stakeholder meetings and comment period, the amended plan has been submitted for CMS’ review and approval. 

Changes made and the recommendations accepted mark a substantial public policy victory. Read more>>

The Statewide Transition Plan was first released in January 2015 for Public Comment.  Read more about our ongoing advocacy efforts on this very important issue.  STP Timeline>>

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