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  • The Arc of NJ's Healthy Times Newsletter, January, 2022

    Free, at-home COVID tests are available from the federal government, to be shipped to one's home. You can visit this website to order up to four (4) free COVID tests per home: https://nachw.org/covid-test-kit-order-form/. Please note that the tests will usually ship in 7 to 12 days. If you or a loved one need to be tested quickly, please use other testing options.

    As announced previously, New Jersey will send you a free, at-home COVID test, which can be requested from this website:  https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nj/. Again, if you need to be tested quickly, please use other testing options.  If you want to know about other ways to be tested for COVID, please see this information from nj.gov: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing#test-sites

    It is anticipated that 400 million free N95 masks will be available across the United States, starting next week. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

    Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Enhance Employment Opportunities and Training Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

    Read more here

    Rowan Integrated Special Needs Center (RISN) in Sewell, NJ is looking for individuals to participate in two Focus Groups. These Groups will be reviewing Educational Materials pertaining to women’s health exams. The goal is to increase awareness and access to physical, sexual, and reproductive health for women with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

    Click here for more info

    Please see the Get Covered New Jersey link and forward it to anyone who does not have NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid and needs health insurance. The open enrollment period is ending on January 31, 2022.

    How to get help from Social Security

    Please see the notice below from the Social Security Administration, which was prepared for everyone who needs assistance from Social Security -- it was not written for a specific population. Therefore, I have a few comments that pertain specifically to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) whose parents are submitting an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or if parents have questions about their son/daughter's current Social Security benefits (e.g., the upcoming retirement of a parent and the son/daughter with IDD changing from SSI to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), due to the work record of a parent). 

    1. It is usually more helpful to speak to a Social Security employee at the local office, instead of calling the national phone number. The local phone number can be accessed from this link: local Social Security office

    2. Social Security employees have been responding to telephone inquiries since the pandemic began in March, 2020, and most issues and concerns can be addressed by scheduling a telephone appointment with the local office (including applying for SSI).

    3. If it is necessary to have an in-person appointment (and emphasizing that an in-person appointment will not usually be needed) a parent should ask if he or she can go alone, to prevent their son/daughter with IDD from waiting to be seen (and possibly waiting outside in cold weather).

    JTB January Events

    January 2022 Events are here!! We are so excited to be kicking of 2022 with some of our favorite JTB friends.
    Due to the rise in Covid-19 numbers, and our county in particular being in the "very high risk" category, all January events will be masked events, including our outdoor events, in order to keep our participants and staff safe. The JTB team will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and make determinations about future events as things develop. We appreciate your support in this so that we can continue to host in person events through this difficult time.

    Please see the attached document for information about our upcoming events this month and our postings on Instagram @jtbconsultingllc and Facebook @jtbconsulting.

    Please submit all payments prior to the event. You can pay via:
    Venmo@ JTB-Consulting (please submit payment using emojis or name of event, and not via "goods and services tab".
    Payment can also be mailed to: 71 West Central Avenue, Maywood NJ 07607
    NEW FOR 2022: We will also be accepting payment via Zelle! To pay via Zelle bank to bank please use our business phone number: 201-281-6196

    We ask that clients interested in attending events please send payment at least 48 hours prior to event start. Many event spaces require pre-purchase of tickets or reservation deposits due to COVID capacity limitations. Cancellation policy: a full refund will be given with cancellation 48 hours prior to the time of the event. Cancellations that occur after the 48 hour mark will be applied as credits on client accounts, less any reservation costs that cannot be recouped for the event.


    Click here for a downloadable PDF of resources

     Utility Payment Assistance Programs - English Espanol

    Energy Assistance Programs - English Espanol


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    Our Challenger basketball season will begin January 8th at 3pm at Dater School gym. Please register with link below with Mike Simmel and Mighty Mike Basketball.  In preparation for the season, we will follow the state COVID-19 school guidelines. All participants will not need to wear a mask during their activitiesAll spectators/parents will have to wear a mask in the gym.


    Introducing BoggsCast:

    A Podcast by

    The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

     Click here for more info

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A Message from the Director

  • Welcome to the CAPE Resource Center.  We serve the special needs community by providing access to information, resources, services, educational opportunities and referrals to help you navitate the special needs world.  Our website contains some valuable features and benefits so you as a caregiver/family member, professional or an individual with disabilities are more informed.

    These days we have all been facing numerous challenges and emotions and caring for a loved one with a disability can present additional issues and concerns.  Please feel free to reach out to me for a friendly ear and/or for information/resources to assist you.  Our Zoom webinars address issues such as guardianship, understanding governmental benefits, strategies to get ahead of challenging behaviors and safety in the community, estate planning, transition issues, etc.  Our archived webinars are available online - https://www.bergen.org/Page/4298.

    Our virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Workshops facilitated by Doreen Moran meet monthly and are quite informative.  These workshops have resumed and judging by the previous participation, they are a great success.  Although the groups are free of charge, registration is required.

    We are in the process of scheduling our upcoming webinars, and ask that if you have any suggestions about topics, please let us know.

    The following is a list of some of the upcoming webinars taking place:



    Bergen County Support Coordination Agency - Virtual Roundtable

    Date:  Thursday, January 27, 2022 (Abilities First, Advanced Disability Management Services, All Heart & Soul, Amazing Strides, Brighter Days Network, LLC, Caring Community Center, Columbus Organization)


              Thursday February 3, 2022 (Disabilitiy Services and Advocacy, Equal Opportunity Support Services, Frontier Services, Infinity Today, MSB Enterprises, National Institute for People with Disabilities of NJ, Spectrum care Management &                    Counseling)

    Time:  6:00 PM

    To attend these FREE events, please regsiter at:



    Parent-to-Parent Exchange Meetings - for Parents of Students under age 21 with Disabilities

    Date:  Tuesday, February 8, 2022

    Time:  7:30 PM

    To attend these Zoom meetings, please register at 



    Let's Talk - for Parents of Adult Children age 21 and over with Disabilities

    Date:  Thursday, February 10, 2022

    Time:  7:30 PM

    To attend these Zoom meetings, please register at



    To join our email list for more information about our future workshops, please sign-up HERE - 



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    Hope to see you (virtually) soon!!  Feel free to reach out to me at the BCSS CAPE Resource Center if you have any questions/concerns, etc.  WE ARE OPEN 201-343-6000 x 4067 or by email at linwie@bergen.org.

    Stay safe and be well!

    All the best,

    Linda Signature





BCSS CAPE Resource Center

  • The BCSS CAPE Resource Center serves as a...

    A hub for educators, community members and individuals living and working in and around Bergen County to locate services and resources for those with developmental and other disabilities;

    We offer...

    Resource Coordination/Information

    • Resource coordination includes intake as well as referral to the system of services and educational resources in Bergen County and the surrounding communities.
    • Educational materials, such as fact sheets, journal articles, publications, directories, etc., on topics related to people with disabilities;

    Educational Workshops (Areas of interest include…)

    • Transition Planning
    • Parenting Skills
    • Guardianship/Estate Planning/Special Needs Trusts
    • Housing Options
    • Monthly Parent Support Groups
      • Monthly Aspen Dads Groups
      • Monthly Parent Support Group for parents/caregivers with youth 14 yrs. and older

    Linda Wieseneck, Director, is available to answer questions and to provide consultation and support regarding special services and community resource options.  Follow up ensures quality of services.

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