Governor Christie Announces Increased Funding in his FY2018 Budget Address
March 9, 2017
In his final budget address on Tuesday, February 28th, Governor Chris Christie highlighted spending that will support individuals with developmental disabilities during the 2018 fiscal year. Specifically mentioned was the expansion of services and funding for adults with developmental disabilities under the Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver. The additional $100 million in matching Medicaid dollars will grow the program to approximately $200 million with additional services. Spending plans are outlined in the Governor’s Budget in Brief available on the State’s website.
Autism New Jersey’s Public Policy team, along with our sister agencies and partners, will be evaluating the proposed budget. As an active member of the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage, Autism New Jersey will be providing budget testimony to urge the Legislature to add $36 million to the FY18 Budget to support Direct Support Professionals throughout the state (see information on the left). To keep our stakeholders and members informed, we will post relevant updates and announcements on our website as the Budget process continues into the spring with legislative committee hearings. Read more>>
Public Policy Update: Making Sense of Federal HealthCare Reform
March 8, 2017
With the recent release of the House Republicans’ plan for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the overhaul of the country’s healthcare system, Autism New Jersey shares the concerns of many within our community on what impact the proposed legislation will have on individuals with autism. We are currently analyzing the draft legislation that was released on March 6 in order to determine what effect these changes will have on the autism community. Although we are not yet certain of the impact of the proposed legislation, we can be certain that the repeal of the ACA is a cause for concern. Learn more>>
Autism New Jersey Welcomes New Public Policy Director
February 10, 2017
Autism New Jersey is pleased to announce that Eric Eberman, M.S. Ed., has joined the organization as our new Public Policy Director. “Eric brings with him experience and expertise that make him uniquely qualified for this important position,” notes Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Buchanan.
With nearly 20 years of experience in delivering high quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in New Jersey, he is well positioned to successfully represent Autism New Jersey in advocating for the interests and needs of our community. Read more>>
DDD Releases New Policy on Housing Assistance and Vouchers
January 17, 2017
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) recently released information on their Housing Assistance Policy, which goes into effect on February 6, 2017. Individuals who are both DDD and Medicaid eligible may apply for housing assistance through the Supportive Housing Connection (SHC). Learn more>>