The SHAre:

May 16, 2024

Volume: 291

In this Week's Edition


News


In-Person SHA Member Meeting - June 5th

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New Jersey Contractors:

Tax Exemption Alert for Affordable Housing

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HUD Updates:

New Guidance on Fair Housing Act

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Housing Choice Voucher Flexibility at Housing Authorities

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CMS Extends Temporary Unwinding-Related

Flexibilities Through June 30, 2025 

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Social Security to Expand Access to SSI Program by Updating Definition of a Public Assistance Household

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New Report: NJ Too Reliant on Nursing Homes for LTC

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New Report Finds a Nearly 40% Increase in Patients with Mental Health Diagnoses since 2019 

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DDD Update:

May Information Sessions on

DDD Self-Directed Employee Models

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Request for Applications

2024 NJ Integrated Population Health Data Project

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NJHMFA Update: Owner Certifications of Compliance

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Respond to New CSH Supportive Housing Industry Survey Respond by May 21st

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Important Voting Reminders in New Jersey

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NCI State of the Workforce Survey Reminder



Resources & Events


Shape the Future of the Behavioral Health

Workforce at the Workforce Solutions Jam

May 21, 2024

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Deaf And Hard of Hearing Sensitivity Trainings

May 23, 2024

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Fair Housing, Fair Recovery:

The 10th Anniversary of the Sandy Settlement

May 29, 2024

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Suicide Prevention Webinar Schedule 2024

July - September, 2024

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New Jersey Mental Health Institute Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals



Apply by July 15, 2024 for Sept 2024 Start

Jobs Available

Triple C Housing is seeking candidates for a Housing and Leasing Coordinator


Applicants can respond directly to Shelly Liick, Human Resources Specialist at sliick@triplechousing.org.


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Bergen County, is seeking a new Program Development Specialist, Aging in the County of Bergen Department of Human Services – Division of Senior Services.


Applicants should email resume@co.bergen.nj.us – and put "Program Development Specialist, Aging" in subject line

Save the Date

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Next SHA

Members Meeting


June 5, 2024

In Person

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Next SHA

Developers Meeting


July 8, 2024

Virtual

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New Jersey Future New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association 


Conference June 5-7


Registration Open

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Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development


Atlantic City

September 17-18. 2024


Registration Open


https://web.cvent.com/event/4ad29aa5-6e36-41e5-9325-624aa9bdb614/summary

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Save the Date!

SHA's 26th

Annual Conference


November 15, 2024


The Palace, Somerset, NJ

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Housing Available

Bernardsville

Apply by May 20th


Dunellen

Apply by May 27th


Chester

Apply by May 28th


Fair Lawn

Apply by May 28th


Morristown

Apply by June 18th


Manalapan

Apply by June 25th


Flemington

Apply by June 25th


Maplewood

Apply by July 8th


Roebling

Apply by August 21st

SHA Member Shout Outs

Special shout out to the Affordable Housing Alliance as colleagues and supporters gathered in Millstone, NJ for the ground breaking ceremony on the Allen House II and 6 Novad Court Developments took place on Tuesday, May 14th. Both projects are slated for completion in early 2025, providing affordable housing options for seniors and people experiencing homelessness, respectively.

SHA congratulates two of our members on receiving funding from the TD Charitable Foundation for supporting housing for marginalized communities. Of the $7 million awarded to 37 organizations, our members listed below each received the accompanying amount.



SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2024

7TH & Madison

Extensions of Empowerment

ArcMorris

B&A Realty Management, LLC

Career Opportunity Development Inc.

Champion Learning LLC

Housing Authority

City of Elizabeth

JDL Development

JSDD

Our House

PlanStreet

SOBA New Jersey

Become a SHA Member and get access to great meetings and many other great member benefits. Need more information? Email Joseph Christensen with your questions.

Registration Open - SHA In-Person Member Meeting

June 5, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Meeting Announcement and Agenda to Follow


SHA Members should save the date and join us in Trenton on June 5, 2024. Meeting details will be sent to registered attendees.


All attendees must RSVP to Joseph ChristensenWe must provide a list of attendees in advance to building security to confirm that you will be granted entry. Also, SHA provides excellent box lunches and we need to know how many to order.


These meetings are reserved for SHA Members.

Not a member? Email Joseph Christensen

to join and earn SHA member benefits.

News

New Jersey Contractors:

Tax Exemption Alert for Affordable Housing

Contractors buying materials for affordable housing can now claim a Sales Tax exemption. Use Form ST-13 to certify tax-free purchases for qualifying projects. Keep records for potential audits. Incorrectly paid taxes? You can file for a refund within four years.


Notice: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Contractor Purchases – Housing Sponsors Engaged in Affordable Housing Projects Sales and Use Tax P.L. 2024, c. 3 (May 1, 2024)


P.L. 2024, c.3 amends N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.22 to add a Sales Tax exemption for purchases of materials, supplies, and services made by contractors or repairmen for the exclusive use in erecting structures or building on, or otherwise improving, altering, or repairing real property of housing sponsors engaged in affordable housing projects where all of the units are intended for occupants with moderate, low, or very low incomes as defined in P.L.1985, c.222 27 (C.52:27D-301 et al.) the “Fair Housing Act.” The law is in effect for purchases made on or after May 1, 2024.


To claim an exemption from Sales Tax on the purchase of taxable property or services, the purchaser (contractor) must provide a fully completed Form ST-13, Contractor’s Exempt Purchase Certificate, to the seller. Otherwise, the seller must collect the tax.


Questions? Email Taxation.RegulatoryServices@treas.nj.gov.

HUD Updates:

New Guidance on Fair Housing Act and

Housing Choice Voucher Flexibility at Housing Authorities

Fair Housing Act Guidance


HUD released two documents, which provide guidance on addressing the application of the Fair Housing Act to areas where artificial intelligence pose concerns: the tenant screening process and the advertising of housing opportunities through online platforms that use targeted ads. Through the guidance documents, HUD aims to combat discrimination that can be enabled by automated or algorithmic tools that are used to make housing access decisions or conduct real-estate transactions. The tenant screening guidance describes challenges with certain tenant screening practices and recommends best practices for fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory screening policies for housing providers and companies that offer tenant screening services. The guidance for online platforms details the risks of deploying targeting advertisement tools for ads covered under the Fair Housing Act and when violations of the law can occur.


For related content, read an Enterprise blog post detailing important aspects of the Fair Housing Act.

Housing Choice Vouchers


HUD announced new flexibilities for administering the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program at public housing agencies (PHAs) in communities experiencing significant or rising rates of homelessness. The new flexibility waivers will allow PHAs to request the ability to accept self-certification of income to determine HCV program eligibility for individuals experiencing homelessness. People experiencing homelessness often lack access to the necessary documents needed to establish eligibility for the HCV program, such as social security cards or pay stubs, which can delay their ability to obtain a voucher. The waivers will allow PHAs to accept self-certification for income, disability status, and other specific information, which will be verified within 90 days after assistance has already begun. The new flexibilities aim to shorten the amount of time it takes to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness move into stable housing, as well as make federal rental assistance more accessible. For related content, read Enterprise's paper, which covers the history, operation, and current debates around the HCV program, as well as policy recommendations that could boost the program’s impact.

CMS Extends Temporary Unwinding-Related Flexibilities Through June 30, 2025 

On May 9, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services (CMCS) Informational Bulletin (CIB) announcing a further extension of unwinding-related section 1902(e)(14)(A) waivers. On December 18, 2023, CMS announced these waivers would be extended to December 31, 2024, and to continue supporting states’ efforts to establish and update income and eligibility determination systems that maximize states’ ability to ensure that eligible individuals retain coverage, CMS is further extending these waivers through June 30, 2025. The CIB also provides information about how certain other temporary, COVID-19-related flexibilities can be extended through June 30, 2025.


Extending flexibilities authorized under section 1902(e)(14)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) or otherwise approved by CMS to streamline renewals will enable states to shift limited resources to reduce processing time at application when needed.


Other flexibilities extended include:


  • Verification Plan Addendums
  • Regulatory Exception to Timely Determinations
  • Other Authorities

Social Security to Expand Access to SSI Program by Updating Definition of a Public Assistance Household

The Social Security Administration recently published a final rule, “Expand the

Definition of a Public Assistance Household.” This final rule announces one of several

updates to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) regulations that will help people

receiving and applying for SSI. SSI provides monthly payments to adults and children

with a disability or blindness, and to adults aged 65 and older. These benefits help pay

for basic needs like rent, food, clothing, and medicine. People applying for and

receiving SSI must meet eligibility requirements, including income and resource

limits.


Under the final rule, beginning September 30, 2024, the agency will expand the

definition of a public assistance household to include households receiving

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments and households where

not all members receive public assistance. The expanded definition will allow more

people to qualify for SSI, increase some SSI recipients’ payment amounts, and reduce

reporting burdens for individuals living in public assistance households.


The revised rule also changes the definition of a public assistance household when

determining who in a household receives public assistance. The new rule defines a

public assistance household as one that has both an SSI applicant or recipient, and at

least one other household member who receives one or more of the listed means-tested

public income-maintenance (PIM) payments (the any other definition). The previous

policy required all household members to receive public assistance. This change

benefits SSI recipients living in households where only some members receive public

assistance.

New Report: NJ Too Reliant on Nursing Homes for LTC

With thanks to NJACP for promoting this story, this news comes on the heels of a DRNJ report that found many people with I/DD could be living in the community rather than in nursing home.


A highly anticipated state report said recently that New Jersey is overly reliant on nursing homes and should change its policies to incentivize home- and community-based care. The report released by the New Jersey Task Force on Long-Term Care Quality and Safety recommends policies that would drastically reshape long-term care as well as reimbursement models.


According to the report, 9,000 long-term care residents and over 100 facility staff died of Covid-19 in the state — making up about a quarter of all Covid deaths in New Jersey despite being a small segment of the population. The report focused heavily on incentivizing home- and community-based care, where residents get their long-term care services from their own homes or community settings that are not nursing homes.

New Report Finds a Nearly 40% Increase in Patients with Mental Health Diagnoses since 2019 

With thanks to NJAMHAA for sharing this update, a new report from FAIR Health, Trends in Mental Health Conditions: An Analysis of Private Healthcare Claimswhich analyzed more than 46 billion healthcare claim records from 2019 to 2023, found that over that time, the percentage of patients who received medical services and had mental health diagnoses rose 39.8%, from 13.5% of patients who received medical services in 2019 to 18.9% in 2023.


The report also identified the five most common mental health diagnoses in 2023, as measured by the percentage of patients with these diagnoses out of all patients who received medical services in that year, were generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adjustment disorders, and bipolar disorder.


Additionally, the percentage of medical claims associated with mental health diagnoses increased 30.5% nationally, from 3.8% of medical claims in 2019 to 5% of claims in 2023.

DDD Update:

May Information Sessions on DDD Self-Directed Employee Models

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) offers two Self-Directed Employee (SDE) models that individuals interested in self-directing some or all of their services can choose: the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Model administered by Public Partnerships, LLC, and the Agency with Choice Model administered by Easterseals NJ. We are happy to once again share the following virtual opportunities to learn about these two models. 


Public Partnerships Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent (VF/EA) Model Information Session



·         Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 11 a.m. – noon

Register Now for the May 29 VF/EA Information Session


Easterseals NJ Agency with Choice (AwC) Model Information Session


·         Tuesday, May 28 2024, Noon – 1 p.m.

Register Now for May 28 AwC Information Session


To learn more about self-directed services and the two models available through DDD, visit our Self-Directed Services webpage.

Request for Applications 2024 NJ Integrated Population Health Data Project

The latest cycle is now open for the Request for Applications (RFA) in 2024 for the New Jersey Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project.


In this cycle, applicants can apply for access to any of the five data sets currently available through the iPHD. Only self-pay applications, where applicants pay the data access fees, will be considered for this cycle.


Click here to view the Request for Applications


All applicants must submit a brief, non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to the iPHD Project (iphd@ifh.rutgers.edu) by June 5th, 2024. Full applications are then due by July 3rd, 2024.


You may also contact Manisha Agrawal, Senior Research Analyst at CSHP, at magrawal@ifh.rutgers.edu with any questions.

NJHMFA Update: Owner Certifications of Compliance

Please be advised that the following link has been added to our website, for your convenience, to access previous Owner Certifications of Compliance as needed for correction of noncompliance issues:


Click here to access previous Owner Certifications of Compliance


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Tax Credit Analyst or Johanna Peña, jpena@njhmfa.gov.


Questions? Need Help? 


If you have questions, e-mail your requests to the LIHTC mailbox at NJHMFAtaxcredits@njhmfa.gov.


Access forms, checklists, policies, previous developer bulletins, and more under the Developer Tab, on the NJHMFA website.

Respond to New CSH Supportive Housing Industry Survey

CSH is committed to addressing the challenges faced by supportive housing providers, but we need your help. We are launching a new survey focused on solutions to operational challenges in the supportive housing field. Take a few moments to tell us about solutions, best practices, and emerging approaches that are working. Your feedback will help inform our work as we develop resources, training, and technical assistance to support providers in the field. 


Please complete the survey before May 21, 2024!

Important Voting Reminders in New Jersey

SHA thanks the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) for putting together the following helpful resources and reminders as New Jersey prepares for primaries and the general election this year.


Voting is a fundamental right, and living in a long-term care facility does not take it away from you. If you are a U.S. citizen aged 18 or older, you are most likely eligible to vote in the municipality where your long-term care home is located.

 

At the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO), we are committed to helping you exercise your rights. Download our Voting Guide at NJ.GOV/LTCO.

 

Registered voters in New Jersey can cast their ballots in one of three ways: 1) by mail; 2) in person during early voting; or 3) in person on Election Day. If you plan to vote in person, find out now if your facility will offer transportation or if you need a reliable friend or family member to drive you to the polls.


First things first: Are you registered?

 

Visit VOTE.NJ.GOV to look up your current registration status or learn how to submit voter registration applications online, by mail, or in person.

 

2024 Election Overview

 

In the June primary election, New Jersey voters affiliated with the Democrat and Republican parties will select their party’s candidates for the November general election. In the general election, New Jersey voters will elect a U.S. Senator and 12 U.S. Representatives, in addition to casting ballots for President. 


Key dates


Primary Election: June 4

—Registration Deadline: May 14

—Early Voting: May 29 – June 2


General Election: Nov. 5

—Registration Deadline: Oct. 15

—Early Voting: Oct. 26 – Nov. 3


Visit VOTE.NJ.GOV for polling locations, details on early voting, or instructions for completing and returning vote-by-mail ballots.

DDD Update:

NCI State of the Workforce Survey

The National Core Indicators® State of the Workforce Survey is open through June 30, 2024 and participation by as many eligible providers as possible is critical to ensure valid results. Email invitations were sent to eligible DDD providers – to the provider email address on file in iRecord – on March 5, with follow-up invitations sent on April 26.


If your agency has not received an invitation to participate, please contact DDD.NCI@dhs.nj.gov as soon as possible.


The data collected through this annual survey helps us examine and respond to challenges in New Jersey’s Direct Support Professional workforce serving adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit National Core Indicators® or see our NCI State of the Workforce Overview.

Resources & Virtual Forums

Shape the Future of the Behavioral Health Workforce at the Workforce Solutions Jam

Tuesday, May 21, 1-2 p.m. ET


Expanding the workforce is critical to meeting the growing need for timely and effective behavioral health care. Workforce expansion can help improve accessibility to services and enhance the overall quality of care.


Be part of the solution and join on Tuesday, May 21, 1-2 p.m. ET for the first Workforce Solutions Jam! This monthly webinar will build national momentum for addressing the workforce crisis and encourage collaboration through the Center for Workforce Solutions.


The Workforce Solutions Jam will provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn innovative new practices.
  • Stay informed about ongoing efforts.
  • Engage with subject matter experts.
  • Hear about new legislation and federal workforce efforts.
  • Take action!


On May 21, we’ll cover innovative behavioral health workforce expansion projects, such as Accelerate the Future and Mass League.


The Workforce Solutions Jam is open to members of the behavioral health workforce, current and prior service users, peers, policymakers, providers, researchers, educators, activists, advocates — anyone who is interested in working to create solutions to address the behavioral health workforce crisis.


Click here to register for the Workforce Jam

Assistive Technology Advocacy Center Professional Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Display Training Event

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center is thrilled to organize this multi-day professional learning experience with PODD (Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Display) trainer Kelly Fonner. Last year we hosted Kelly for a two-day Introduction to PODD training event.


For 2024, we are going to build on this and offer a range of PODD related training events designed to meet the needs of new participants and returning participants.


Dates: 

May 20, 2024 – May 23, 2024


Location: 

The Grand Hotel Cape May, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204


Click here to register

Deaf And Hard of Hearing Sensitivity Trainings

The Department of Human Services’ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is hosting

an open Deaf and Hard of Hearing Sensitivity Training on:


May 23, 2024 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by Jaclyne Brown-Pallies


These trainings are open to the public, and are especially beneficial for professionals,

healthcare providers, government agencies, and many other organizations. DDHH’s

goal is to provide information on deaf and hard of hearing culture, common

challenges, and strategies for effective communication with deaf and hard of

hearing individuals.


Click here for a flyer of these events

Fair Housing, Fair Recovery:

The 10th Anniversary of the Sandy Settlement

May 29, 2024 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

NJCU Squier Hall, Fort Monmouth | 283 Sherrill Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757


Join the Fair Share Housing Center in celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the historic settlement. The event will include the original groups and storm survivors who filed the complaint, discussions on the importance of that action, the progress made in the years since, and addressing the need for additional civil rights advocacy in the disaster recovery system.


Guest speakers will include Acting DCA Commissioner Jacquelyn A. Suárez, former HUD official Sara Pratt, Latino Action Network Foundation, the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, and more.


Please click here to register for this event

Suicide Prevention Webinar Schedule 2024

The NJ Adult Suicide Prevention Committee would like to offer free trainings for

suicide prevention and the distribution of new topics, data, resources, and services

made available for NJ residents.


All sessions are virtual and presented between 1:00-3:00 PM on the listed day.



July 1, 2024 - THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH CENTER

Speaker: Dr. Michael Anestis


Addressing the role of firearms in suicide and potential interventions



September 4, 2024 - 988 SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE

Speaker: Mary Jean Weston


An overview and update of the new nationwide 3-digit dialing code for suicide prevention, mental health and substance use crisis.

New Jersey Mental Health Institute Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals

Applications for Mentees, Mentors, and Coaches Are Due July 15, 2024.



Executives:

Your Staff and Organizations Will Gain Tremendous Benefit!


* Reinforce staff retention and your organization’s long-term sustainability!


* Apply to serve as mentors and encourage your staff to participate as mentees! 


Click here for the Mentor Fact Sheet and here for the application.


* Encourage your colleagues in other industries to apply to serve as coaches!


Click here for the Coach Fact Sheet and here for the application.


Future Leaders:

Gain the Knowledge, Skills and Guidance you Need to Succeed in your Career Advancement!

 

* Each of you will be matched with a mentor from the

behavioral healthcare field and a coach from another industry to benefit from their diverse expertise, perspectives and experiences!

* You will have monthly sessions, either in person or virtual, with your coaches and mentors!

* Plus, NJMHI will host additional presentations to further enhance the value of your Academy

experience and expand your future career potential! 

 

Click here for the Mentee Fact Sheet and here for the application.



Apply by July 15, 2024 for the third

cohort that will begin in September.


Click here for all program details and applications.

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