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October News & Updates
New Jersey’s Travel Independence Program
Travel Instruction is a spectrum of services meant to teach safe independent travel skills on public transit: the bus, train, light rail, county and private systems. NJTIP customers learn how to read bus and train schedules; plan their trips; pay their fares; and take safety precautions.
After finishing training, our customers enjoy traveling on their own to go to work, school and medical appointments and to visit family and friends.
NJTIP Travel Instructors are seasoned professionals with experience in teaching, special education and assisting individuals with special needs.

Electronic Visit Verification Guidance 
Electronic Visit Verification Guidance: Additional information.
Fed Approves New Jersey Investments of $634M Enhancing Medicaid Services for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities
(TRENTON) – Acting Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced the federal government has approved Department plans to invest $634 million over the next three years to bolster efforts to strengthen and expand home and community-based Medicaid services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
In addition to the announcements, Human Services remains in discussion with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on more than $100 million in additional proposals, and remains optimistic that these will be approved in the coming months. This includes funding funding the development of 100 deed-restricted, subsidized, and accessible rental units for Medicaid beneficiaries across the state for Healthy Homes.

The plan will bring in $329 million in federal funding, for a total state and federal investment of $634 million in these programs. The wide-ranging plan will use federal matching dollars through the American Rescue Plan to enhance, expand and strengthen home and community-based services under the state’s Medicaid program known as NJ FamilyCare.
Highlights of the approved initiatives include:
·    Increasing the Personal Care Assistant rate to $23 per hour to help the workforce that cares for older adults in need of home care services.
·    Increasing the Personal Preference Program rate to $19 per hour to help recipients who hire and manage someone to provide home care services.
·    Increasing rates for support coordinators who work as case managers for Medicaid recipients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
·    Boosting rates for assisted living facilities, comprehensive care home and assisted living programs to strengthen these crucial facilities.
·    Rewarding with higher daily rates assisted living facilities, comprehensive care home and assisted living programs that take on a higher percentage of Medicaid beneficiaries.
·    Creating incentives to help transition individuals from nursing homes to home and community-based settings.
·    Creating incentives to recruit more and retain existing homecare workers.
·    Helping traumatic brain injury care providers offset costs associated with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
·    Strengthening the educational and informational resources available to community members around the various home and community-based services available under NJ FamilyCare.
Additional details and meeting slides on these updates will be available on the DMAHS website here.

*R E M I N D E R !*
-The individual who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may struggle with fine motor skills.
-The individual who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy may struggle with motor planning skills.
-The individual who does not say “trick-or-treat” or “thank-you” may be non-verbal.
-The individual who looks disappointed when he/she sees your bowl may have an allergy or diabetes.
-The individual who isn’t wearing a costume at all may have sensory issues or autism.

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