Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I find out if JESPY House is appropriate for my family member?

The first step is a conversation with the Intake Coordinator who will describe the programs and services as well as the types of individuals appropriate for admission to JESPY House.  If placement is appropriate, an admissions packet is sent out to the family for review.  If the family wishes to proceed with the application process, an appointment will be scheduled for an initial interview with the prospective client, conducted by the Intake Coordinator and the Residential Supervisor. The Intake Coordinator can be reached by telephone at (973) 762-6909, Ext. 302.

 

How do clients pay for JESPY services?

JESPY services are paid for through a variety of funding streams.  Clients who are registered with the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) may receive funding to pay for services under the Supports Program Waiver or Community Care Waiver. Since both of these waivers are funded through Medicaid, the client must also be Medicaid-eligible in order for JESPY to receive payment.

Work Readiness and Employment Engagement Services, may be funded through the New Jersey Division for Vocational Rehabilitation.  Other client services are paid for privately either by the client’s family and/or the client.  The client may use their social security benefits for payment.  Those clients who are employed may use part of their wages to pay for services.

 

When does a client advance from JESPY residential housing to the Outclient Program?

Clients move from JESPY-sponsored residential housing to the Outclient Program when they consistently demonstrate the skills necessary for success in living independently with minimal support services.  Key factors considered are the ability to:

  • exercise sound judgment and behavior in the community,
  • be compliant with program requests,
  • master basic daily living skills, and
  • utilize some money management skills.

A JESPY team of case managers, residential staff, and other program supervisors and staff collaborate in deciding if the client will be safe in the community. If so, a family meeting is scheduled to discuss the opportunity.

 

When is the right time for my family member to start at JESPY?

The right time is the one that works best for you and your family member. While there is no right time to start utilizing JESPY House services, there is a best time: before your 18-year-old is no longer eligible for school programs, and other options are limited.

When school-related services are nearing a close, JESPY can provide supplementary activities that promote growth and development. There is flexibility in engaging JESPY services since participants don’t have to start them all at once. New clients can choose to start in JESPY’s Day or Recreation Programs where they can make new friends while learning more about the JESPY community. Later, they can move on to the Work Readiness and Employment Engagement Services and/or supportive housing.

Gradual integration will ease the transition from school programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to JESPY’s programs that foster an adult’s ability to live independently and gain competitive employment.

 

Where can I find helpful resources regarding adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

 

ABLE NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER 
http://www.ablenrc.org/about/what-are-able-accounts

Learn about ABLE accounts, tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families   Now, eligible individuals and their families will be allowed to establish ABLE savings accounts that will not affect their eligibility for SSI, Medicaid and other public benefits.

NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (DDD)
http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/home/

This state agency provides public funding for services and supports that assist New Jersey adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 21 and older to live as independently as possible.

NEW JERSEY DDD SUPPORTS PROGRAM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL – A QUICK GUIDE FOR FAMILIES
http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/family_guide_to_supports_program_policy_manual.pdf

This 2017 guide summarizes the information in DDD’s Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual – the rules that govern Supports Program eligibility and process – in a comprehensive, yet uncomplicated format.

STUDENTS AGING OUT OF SCHOOL SYSTEM – INFORMATION FROM NJ DDD
http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/documents/2018-graduates-aging-out-of-school-system.pdf

Learn what steps must be followed to access services/supports from the NJ DDD when students have exhausted their educational entitlement by turning 21 years of age.

NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES (DVRS)
http://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/plan/foryou/disable/vocational_rehabilitation_services.shtml

Any individual with a physical, mental, cognitive, or other form of disability that has a substantial impediment to employment may qualify for services through this state agency.

NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY PROVIDERS (NJACP)
http://njacp.org/

This organization is dedicated to advancing sustainable community-based services and supports that enrich lives and build futures for people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities across the state.

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY
http://www.shanj.org/

A statewide nonprofit organization that works towards the establishment of a strong supportive housing industry in New Jersey, serving persons with disabilities.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE – FREE PASSES
http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html

This agency offers free lifetime passes to National Parks for people with permanent disabilities who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

JESPY’s newest training program, created by our WREE Department, employs clients with an interest in developing construction skills.