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Worker's Compensation Communication:

There have been changes to the Worker's Compensation provider in your program. Check out the letter that was sent about this change, here

 

Thank you for a great 2023 NJ Self-Direction Conference!

This popular virtual event ran from November 2-4, 2023 and was brought to you Public Partnerships, The Collaborative for Citizen Directed Supports, and Easterseals of New Jersey, and sponsored by The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Eiros Group. The theme focused on what self-direction brings to YOU: Control, Freedom, Choice, Contribution, and Confirmation. 


Resume Employee On-Boarding

UPDATE: March 20, 2023

With an increased availability of fingerprinting appointments, the Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) will be returning to normal onboarding requirements of direct support professionals and self-directed employees effective May 15, 2023.

OPIA will continue the temporary clearance process until then.

Effective May 15, 2023: New hires must complete onboarding requirements prior to employment and OPIA’s Employment Controls and Compliance Unit (ECCU) will no longer process emergency requests for hire.

For employees who have already begun employment based on emergency approval prior to May 15, 2023, employers will have until June 15, 2023, to complete criminal background checks via fingerprinting.

Drug Testing

  • Pre-employment drug testing must be completed within the first 60 days of employment.
    Questions should be directed to DHS.ECCU@dhs.nj.gov

Download the OPIA Bulletin

 

The 2022 NJ Self-Direction Conference was a big success!

With the theme of "We Are All in This Together", and brought to you by Public Partnerships, the Easterseals of New Jersey, NJ Collaborative for Citizen Directed Supports, NJ Council for Developmental Disabilities, the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Rutgers Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, this multi-day virtual event offered information on the past, present, and future of self-direction in New Jersey.

This conference which ran March 8-10 brought the greatest minds and influencers in New Jersey. Public Partnerships is proud to have supported such a vital opportunity.

 

Thank you for attending our first FREE Self-Direction webinar of 2022, "Self-Direction: A Long-Term Care Alternative"

In February, PPL offered it's first free educational session about Self-Direction as an alternative long-term care option and shared how this form of long-term home care can offer choice, independence, freedom and control by staying safe at home.

This informational session took place on Friday, February 18th from 12:00-1:00pm.

Check back soon for a recording of this webinar. 

 

Public Partnerships | PPL 'Talks to Vendors' monthly webinar series: Click here

Self Direction Through PPL - New Jersey Vendor/Fiscal Employer Agent Model Overview - VIDEO

 

The Arc of New Jersey logo and information alert notice

In response to many inquiries about the differences between self-directed services through the NJ Medicaid Personal Preference Program (PPP) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute has created a fact sheet for families, self-advocates, and professionals.

The following fact sheet addresses eligibility standards, budget determination and use, and record keeping for each program. It also includes a list of key acronyms and a glossary of terms you may encounter while researching which program is right for you.

Click The Arc logo above to download the full fact sheet, or click here for our printer-friendly version. To view all The Arc fact sheets, visit their website at www.thearcfamilyinstitute.org .

New: NJ Self-Directed Programs May 'Special Edition' 2021 Newsletter - Vendor

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New: NJ Self-Directed Programs April 'Special Edition' 2021 Newsletter - Vendor

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New: NJ Self-Directed Programs March 2021 Newsletter - Vendor

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New: NJ Self-Directed Programs February 2021 Newsletter - Vendor

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NJ Self-Directed Programs January 2021 Newsletter - Vendor

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NJ Self-Directed Programs 'Special' December 2020 Newsletter

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NJ Self-Directed Programs November 2020 Newsletter

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Other Newsletters

NJ Self-Directed Programs March 2020 Newsletter

NJ Self-Directed Programs June 2019 Newsletter

NJ Self-Directed Programs March 2019 Newsletter

 

NEW Announcement: NJ Minimum Wage Increase

On Monday, February 4, 2019, Governor Murphy signed into law, legislation that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. On July 1, 2019, the first increase to $10 an hour wage went into effect. Public Partnerships has identified those who are currently earning less than $10 an hour whose wages will increase on July 1, 2019. The next expected rate increase is on January 1, 2020, then annually through 2024.

Announcement: NJ Sick Leave Law

In compliance with the NJ Sick Leave Law, employees who have been accruing sick time since 10/29/18 are now eligible to use sick time:

  • Employees that submit e-timesheets, can submit timesheets beginning with timesheet submission due on 3/11/19.
  • Employees that submit paper timesheets, can submit timesheets by calling Customer Service at 844-842-5891.

Read NJ Sick Leave FAQs for DDD employees.

Message to DDD Participants and Self-Directed Employees

All individuals currently enrolled in the DDD Self-Directed Employee (SDE) Option should continue to submit timesheets to Easter Seals until they are notified by Public Partnerships and have received the Public Partnerships Welcome Packet with SDE Timesheets.

Helpful Resources

  • How to Access Secure Encrypted Emails from Public Partnerships
    • This document walks you through the process for accessing Office 365 (O365) encrypted email messages. Email encryption involves encrypting, or disguising, the content of email messages to protect potentially sensitive information from being read by anyone other than intended recipients.