Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:

As you know and much in part to your advocacy, Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature identified $32 million in additional state and federal funding to support higher wages for direct support professionals serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the Supports Program or Community Care Program under Fee-for-Service.

To accommodate the higher rates for direct support professionals, there will be a corresponding increase to all budgets for individuals enrolled in the Supports Program (SP) or Community Care Program (CCP) under Fee-for-Service. This additional funding will increase payments to Medicaid/DDD approved providers for the impacted services listed below, and provider agencies are required to utilize the higher payments for wage increases for direct support professionals.

Impacted Services

  • Career Planning
  • Community Inclusion
  • Community-Based Supports
  • Day Habilitation
  • Individual Supports
  • Prevocational Training
  • Respite
  • Supported Employment (Group)
  • Supported Employment (Individual)

While the increase takes effect OCTOBER 1, 2018, the DDD’s information technology system change to implement the increase is still not complete. The DDD-IT team is working to finalize the system changes as quickly as possible so that the iRecord modifications can occur. Budgets will be effective retroactive to October 1.
For more information, please see the DSP Wage Increase FAQs and for a breakdown of old rates vs. new rates, please see the FY2019 Rate Increase Grid. Additional questions can be directed to the Division’s Fee-for-Service Helpdesk:

DDD.FeeForService@dhs.state.nj.us

As DDD works through this process, please be assured the Coalition will continue to keep you updated and is already back at it, advocating for further DSP wage increases in FY2020 and thereafter.
Sincerely,

Valerie Sellers
Chair of the Coalition

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