June Newsletter
Goods and Services:
Services, equipment or supplies, not otherwise provided through generic resources, the Supports Program, or through the State Plan, which address an identified need (including improving and maintaining the participant’s opportunities for full membership in the community) and meet the following requirements: the item or service would decrease the need for other Medicaid services; and/or promote inclusion in the community; and/or increase the participant’s safety in the home environment; and, the participant does not have the funds to purchase the item or service or the item or service is not available through another source. Goods and Services are purchased from the participant’s budget and paid and documented by the fiscal intermediary.
·        Can be allocated from either budget (Emp/Day Hab. or Supports)
·        Goods and Services must be based on assessed need and specifically documented in the Service Plan
·        All Goods & Services require Division approval in order for prior authorization to be provided for the purchase of the Goods & Services
·        Examples : Activity fees, art classes in your local community, voice lessons, college courses
·        Exclusions : gift certificates, vacation expenses, personal items/services not related to the disability
(See section 17.9)
Did you know?
The Budget can also allow for
Environmental Modifications
Those physical adaptations to the private residence of the participant or the participant’s family, based on assessment and as required by the participant's Service Plan, that are necessary to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the participant or that enable the participant to function with greater independence in the home.

Such adaptations include:
  • The installation of ramps and grab-bars
  • Widening of doorways
  • Modification of bathroom facilities
  • Installation of specialized electric and plumbing systems that are necessary to accommodate the medical equipment and supplies that are necessary for the welfare of the participant

The budget can also allow for Vehicle Modifications
Assessments, adaptations, or alterations to an automobile or van that is the participant’s primary means of transportation in order to accommodate the special needs of the participant. Vehicle adaptations are specified by the Service Plan, are necessary to enable the participant to integrate more fully into the community and to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the participant.

Such Adaptations Include:
  • Vehicle steering/brake controls
  • Vehicle Lift
  • Vehicle ramp
  • Raising/lowering vehicle roof/floor
What else is my Family Member Eligible For?
This site will help to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources.

Special Olympics and Upcoming Events!
Click the link below for additional information about upcoming events, ways to volunteer and additional information regarding Special Olympics

Support Coordinator of the Month:
Jackie is one of our Support Coordinators who currently serves individuals in Bergen, Passaic and Morris County. She came into Support Coordination from previously being in sales and marketing. After learning about Support Coordination and how it plays such a vital role in assisting both the individuals and families, she learned quickly that this would be a job she would love. Combining her personal knowledge of developmental disabilities and her professional background, Jackie was thrilled to fulfill her position as Support and Outreach Coordinator at Spectrum CMC. Jackie values the relationships she has gained from the individuals and families that she serves.
Jackie lives in Passaic County with her husband, Chris and their dog, Dash. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the beach, and spending time with her two nieces.