The Support Coordinators work with individuals with developmental disabilities in creating and developing life plans. Currently, Caregivers of New Jersey supports the 1,850 individuals living in developmental centers who wish to be transitioned into the community.
When choosing an agency to provide you with support coordination, you should ask:
- Have they been trained not only in Essential Lifestyle Planning, but the new NJ Individualized Support Plan (ISP) and the Person Centered Planning Tool (PCPT)?
- Do they have over 20 years experience in self direction?
- Do they have experience in working with various Discovery Tools, like Information Gathering Tool?
- Are they familiar with resources and Information in your county?
- Will they have your plans and services up and running within 30 days?
- Can they connect you to local support groups?
- Do they have 4 statewide office locations?
- Are they available for emergencies 24 /7?
- Do they offer a toll free number for your convenience?
- Do they provide a great customer service experience?
- Do they have membership only privileges?
These services include advocating for caregivers rights and keeping caregivers abreast of pending legislation and breaking news. We also actively promote the creation and maintenance of county-based caregiver coalitions in NJ.
Advocacy services include advocating for caregivers rights and keeping caregivers abreast of pending legislation and breaking news. Excursions to visit legislators and state representatives are scheduled annually to shed light on the pressing issues.
We also actively promote the creation and maintenance of county-based caregiver coalitions in NJ. Click here to view a map of existing caregiver coalitions. If you would like to start your own coalition in a needed area, please contact Renata Svincicka at (732) 262-8020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CNJ training department conducts interactive sessions intended to assist families of children with developmental disabilities targeting different age ranges in order to address unique needs. We also host the annual National Caregiver’s Conference for caregivers and professionals.
FRN and its affiliates offer frequent in-person trainings and live webinars to provide relevant information on topics affecting individuals with disabilities, their caregivers and families. All webinars are archived and available to view here.
We also host numerous family-fun, recreational and fundraising events throughout the year that are open to the public.