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    Starting this Thursday, WRIC is happy to announce a series of workshops conducted by Dr. Tani Foger, Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, EdM,

    Tani has over 35 years of extensive counseling experience as a school psychologist, in both regular and special-education, she offers supportive, short term therapy, with solutions.

    Every Thursday at 11:00 to noon Tani will discuss a different topic.

    This week, 2/11 Tani will cover Defining Healthy Relationships. Let's talk. (For all ages and stages)

     Registration is required for this ZOOM event.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Contact Lisa Maurer 201 568-1166 or lmaurer@womensrights.org for more information

     

    Financial Blunders - Lessons we NEVER learn

    February 19 10:00 am

    Join special guest speakers & financial advisors from the renowned nonprofit Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA), as we all learn to take better care of our bucks!

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    Click HERE  to Register

     

    ART THERAPY

    Beginning March 3rd and every Wednesday at 12:30

    Join Licensed and board certified art therapist in NJ and NY,

    Danielle Kaplan MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS. Explore empowerment, wellness, and self-care with creative arts therapy, relaxation, talk, & more. Share experiences. Learn from one another.

    Relax. And Have fun! This is an open-ended group

    NO FEE! 

    REGISTRATION & SCREENING ARE REQUIRED

    for this ZOOM event. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

     Contact Lisa Maurer for more information:

    201-568-1166  lmaurer@womensrights.org

    Women's Rights Information Center is very pleased to announce its partnership with
    the Ridgewood Public Library to present our Work Readiness program for FREE.

    Wednesdays, 11 AM - 12 Noon (on Zoom)

    March 24 - Transferable skills & hire-ability

    March 31 - Ageism, tech, confidence, returning to work, resumes

    April 7 - Negotiations

    Register for the Zoom link at Ridgewoodlibrary.org

     

    Did you know ...

    February is Teen Violence Awareness Month. 

    Check out https://www.loveisrespect.org/ to learn more.

     

    February is also Black History Month. How about we look at some Herstory?

    Check out this article to learn more.

    Any time of year is an excellent one to learn about incredible Black women in history who have been neglected by historians — particularly those who've been excluded from your high school or college curricula. Beyond Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman, there are thousands of Black women who broke barriers — in sport, medicine, literature, politics, and every other sphere — and deserve much greater recognition.

     

     And if you need something,

    find out how WRIC can help you.

    Check out our website,

    www.womensrights.org

     for ongoing Programs, Victim Support, Meditation, Resume prep, Legal Consults, Career Closet appointments, ESL Classes, Shared Housing and emotional support and more.

     

     

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    In April 2020, The Arc of New Jersey distributed an email announcing the good news about the economic impact (stimulus) payments that were being distributed from the federal government, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is widely known that individuals who receive NJ Medicaid benefits cannot have more than $2,000 in resources (with a few exceptions, including having an ABLE account or a Special Needs Trust).  However, NJ Medicaid permitted recipients of the stimulus payment to exceed the $2,000 resource limit -- but only for a period of 12 months.  This is a quote from last year's written communication with NJ Medicaid on this issue: 

    "Stimulus payments are not included in countable income and resource calculations when determining eligibility for Medicaid. An individual has an additional 12 months to spend down these funds before they are counted as a resource."

    The purpose of this email is to remind Medicaid beneficiaries with I/DD and their caregivers that the end of the 12 month "spend down" period will occur soon. If last year's stimulus funds that were received by an individual with I/DD have not yet been spent, please do that soon.  Because of the ongoing pandemic, if it is not possible to purchase the items that would normally be obtained for the benefit of the individual with I/DD, opening an ABLE account may be a good solution. For information on ABLE accounts you may want to check these two websites: The ABLE National Resource Center, www.ablenrc.org or NJ ABLE,  https://savewithable.com/nj/home.html  For a Fact Sheet on ABLE accounts, prepared by The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute, please click here.

    If you want to see The Arc of New Jersey's email about the stimulus payments that was distributed in April, 2020, please click here.


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    NJ DCF NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

    The NJ Department of Children & Families has been working on guidelines to resume respite services for over 6 months!

    Time has now run out for families

    Read more here


     

    The New Jersey Developmental Disability Advocacy Network  (DDAN), Person-Centered/Self-Directed Services Committee is seeking your input and feedback on the New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJCAT).

    The NJCAT is the standardized assessment tool used by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to determine eligibility for services and identify an individual’s level of need for support in three main areas: self-care, behavior health, and medical.

    Take the survey in English here.

    Responde la encuesta en español aquí.


    Information Alert from The Arc of NJ

    Great News About the Final FY21 Budget for People with I/DD & Their Families! I am happy to report that the revised Fiscal Year 2021 Budget signed by Governor Murphy yesterday includes $40 million to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) while also avoiding any cuts to services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more here.

     
    Important information from The ARC of New Jersey

    It has come to our attention that there is a new concern for individuals with I/DD who have had SSI, were employed, and were laid off during the coronavirus pandemic.  These individuals received $600/week due to the CARES Act, in addition to other unemployment income. Many of these individuals were receiving more than $3,200/month, and this high amount of unearned income for SSI beneficiaries has led to this problem.

    If this information applies to an individual with I/DD, this is what you need to know:


    New Jersey's Personal Preference Program (PPP) is helpful for individuals with I/DD

    The Personal Preference Program (PPP) is an alternative to having a home health agency employee coming into the home. With the PPP, the individual or family chooses the person who will provide the ADL assistance, and that person could be the individual's mother or father, sibling, other relative or a friend. For the details about NJ's Personal Preference Program -- including the specific enrollment and operational procedures to be followed -- please see the helpful, 9-page, PPP Fact Sheet developed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS). 

    Read more here.


    DDD

    The Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to release updated Residential Visitation Guidance that now permits indoor visitation, when certain conditions are met, with family and friends of individuals who reside in provider managed settings such as group homes. The Division’s Residential Screening Policy has also been updated to reflect this adjustment. 

    Visitation will require an attestation from the residential provider, guardian consent, and each visitor to sign a visitor agreement ahead of their visit. These forms can be found below and are also available here: NJ Department of Human Services COVID-19 Information.

     Further adjustments to policy will be made as more is learned about the virus. Please distribute this important information to your networks.


     NJ Human Services to Deliver Special Food Assistance Benefits to Children Starting Next Week

    Read more here