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Grants to New Jersey Non-Profits to Help Disabled
Individuals Moving to Community Residences

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New Jersey Department of Human Services - Division of Developmental Disabilities

Deadline Date:

10/04/13 5:00 PM

Description:

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A grant is available to qualified New Jersey non-profits and businesses to provide comprehensive information, education, and mentoring services to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families/guardians, and relevant staff, about transitioning from developmental centers to community residences.

The contractor will advise them about the types of alternative residential placement options in a community setting; about successfully transitioning from a developmental center (DC) and/or out-of-state setting to the community; and the types of supports that can be provided in a community residence.

The contractor will be required to:

* Meet with individuals whose Interdisciplinary Teams (IDTs) and guardians have agreed to community placement. The purpose of these meetings will be to share experiences of other individuals who have moved from DCs/Out-of-State settings and mentor individuals through the transition process.

* Provide information and education to families/guardians who are unsure about community living as to what types of homes are available and what care and supports can be expected. This will be essential in assisting families/guardians in making informed decisions about community placement and better recommendations for needed supports if community placement is chosen.

* Provide information and education to targeted staff (State and private) who are unsure about community living as to what types of homes are available and what care and supports can be expected. This will be essential in assisting IDT members, in making informed decisions about community placement and better recommendations for needed supports if community placement is chosen.

* Schedule and accompany individuals, families and guardians to visit and tour existing community homes and residential settings for people with developmental disabilities, to provide support and explanations of what they are seeing and experiencing.

* Provide multimedia materials about community living, including success stories of individuals who have moved from DCs to the community or returned home to New Jersey. These materials should include the experiences of their respective family members/guardians.

* Use family members of individuals who are living in community settings to perform the work outlined above wherever possible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136371

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization may or may not be qualified through the Individualized Community Supports and Services (ICSS) process to be eligible for this RFP. For organizations which are qualified through ICSS, please note that the successful bidder will not be eligible to develop new residential or day service proposals for individuals in either the DDD Olmstead or RHNJ initiatives for the duration of this contract. Applicants may continue to provide supports for individuals they are already serving who have come from Olmstead and RHNJ initiatives.

The applicant must be a fiscally viable for-profit or non-profit organization and document demonstrable experience and knowledge of the residential, habilitaitive and social needs of people with developmental disabilities.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate the ability to provide, or have experience and success in providing, advocacy and educational services as described in this RFP.

Pre-Application Information:

On or about September 13, 2013: DDD will post questions and answers to the DDD website (http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/index.html)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Erica Johnson
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Erica.Johnson@dhs.state.nj.us

Ann Hutchinson
Administrative Analyst I, DDD
Ann.Hutchinson@dhs.state.nj.us

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