New Jersey Discover Ability


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New Jersey Discover Ability

  1. 1. New Jersey DiscoverAbility The Comprehensive Plan for Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities in the State of New Jersey
  2. 2. Presented by: <ul><li>William A. B. Ditto </li></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><li>Division of Disability Services </li></ul><ul><li>NJ Department of Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>(609) 292-7800 </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Funding <ul><li>New Jersey has been receiving Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIGs) since 2001 from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) </li></ul><ul><li>These grants are aimed at improving state infrastructure to support people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Funding <ul><li>The NJ MIG funds from past years have been used to develop: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Medicaid Buy-In Program for the working disabled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive public outreach & conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A system of personal assistant services that can be used in the workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plans for improving work transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The NJ DiscoverAbility Strategic Plan </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Funding <ul><li>The 2010 MIG funding is $1.7 million for NJ </li></ul><ul><li>We have a range of projects that we are funding with this money </li></ul><ul><li>We have established strong relationships with key stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>The MIG program is due to sunset in 2011 unless there is federal action to renew it </li></ul>
  6. 6. The DiscoverAbility Leadership Council <ul><li>Formed from the State SETC Disability Issues Committee (DIC) </li></ul><ul><li>Has a broad membership including consumers, advocates, providers, government and the business community </li></ul><ul><li>Helps advise and direct the work outlined in the NJ DiscoverAbility Plan and provides critical review of projects and activities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some Projects of Interest for 2010 <ul><li>Working to expand benefits counseling services under NJ WINS (Work Incentive Network Support) </li></ul><ul><li>Creating better and more effective communication between job seekers and employers </li></ul><ul><li>Providing support and technical assistance to One Stop Centers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Some Projects of Interest for 2010 <ul><li>Refining and expanding the Disability Benefits “101” (DB101) Website </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping work transportation services in the State </li></ul><ul><li>Joining the “Look Beyond the Label” National Media Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing data collection across all agencies and programs and analyzing data </li></ul>
  9. 9. Some Projects of Interest for 2010 <ul><li>Providing training and support to employment professionals working with people with disabilities to improve outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing and implementing a competitive “Innovations Fund” grant program </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating with the Business Leadership Network to enrich and increase employer involvement </li></ul>
  10. 10. Our Government Partners <ul><li>Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development & Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services </li></ul><ul><li>The State Department of Education </li></ul><ul><li>The Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired </li></ul><ul><li>The Department of Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>The Civil Service Commission </li></ul><ul><li>The Governor’s Office </li></ul>
  11. 11. Other Partners & Contractors <ul><li>The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development </li></ul><ul><li>The SETC, WIBS & One-Stops </li></ul><ul><li>The Work Incentives Network Support </li></ul><ul><li>The World Institute on Disability </li></ul><ul><li>The Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute </li></ul><ul><li>The NJ Chamber of Commerce Foundation </li></ul>