DHS Announces CCW Renewal and Fee for Service Rollout Plans


April 12, 2017

On March 31, 2017, Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Acting Commissioner, Elizabeth Connolly announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Division’s Community Care Waiver renewal.

The CCW provides community-based services to adults, age 21 and older, with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have been assessed as needing a high level of care. “The partnership with CMS to provide these vital services is paramount to the health and wellbeing of more than 11,000 citizens of our state with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive their services through the CCW,” said Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Acting Commissioner, Elizabeth Connolly. “This approval sets in motion New Jersey’s ability to enhance the CCW’s programming, maximize federal funding for additional services and provide to participants a broader range of opportunities and options that meet their needs.”

The waiver’s renewal will accelerate the significant system changes that have been underway for the last few years. According to DDD’s Assistant Commissioner, Liz Shea, “this approval, which we have been working toward since 2013, means that we can now move forward with full implementation of the Division’s transition to a fee-for-service system.”

In their April 10th Division Update, DDD released a Projected Timeline for the Shift to Fee-for-Service. Please note that, other than ensuring the NJ CAT has been completed, there is nothing that individuals/families need to do at this time.

DDD will contact individuals as they are identified to enroll into fee-for-service. The projected timeline includes suggestions that can help individuals/families become familiar with the transition process and prepare for eventual fee-for-service enrollment.

We encourage you to reach out to our Helpline at 800.4.AUTISM or information@autismnj.org if you have any questions about the ongoing shift to a Fee-for-Service System. Additionally, our upcoming Transition Conference on May 1, 2017 will also provide additional information about this transition.

We aim to keep you informed about updates as we receive information from DDD in the weeks and months ahead.

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