Adult Services 21+


After educational entitlement ends at age 21, individuals will rely on other resources to help meet their needs in a variety of areas such as housing, employment, habilitation, recreation, behavior, transportation and more. In order to receive state-funded services, individuals must first become eligible for those services (by applying and meeting a set of criteria). Unlike education, the service systems for adults are not an entitlement (services are not guaranteed by law to be available).

Adult services are based not only on eligibility and assessed level of need, but also on the availability of funding. When funding is not available, individuals may experience significant wait times.

The primary funding source for services for individuals with autism is the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
Aged 18 to 21?  DDD can establish eligibility for individuals beginning at age 18 and services are available beginning at age 21. For individuals applying for services between the ages of 18 and 21, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Division of Children's System of Care (CSOC) accepts DDD eligibility determinations and provides services until age 21.

Understanding the Adult Service System

We recognize that the adult service system is complicated.  But understanding the system and rules regarding funding will empower you on your path to services.  Ready to learn more?

The Path to Services

In this section, we've outlined the four general steps along the path to receiving services from DDD.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Eligibility Assessment Planning Services

Step 1
Are you eligible?

Step 2:
Identify your needs.
Step 3:
Make a plan.
Step 4:
Connect to services.

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