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DHS Extends Emergency Hiring Requests To July 1, 2022

UPDATE: APRIL 20, 2022

Earlier this week, the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it will provide expedited approval of emergency hiring requests through July 1, 2022, extending the original deadline which would have expired this month.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) instituted the extension to provide expedited approval of emergency hiring requests, which includes SDEs.

The extension allows for the following:

Background Checks

  • If a person has already cleared a federal and state background check, they can begin to work without restriction. PPL, or the provider, then has 90-days to complete the background check from the start of employment.
  • If DHS advises that the person has not yet cleared a federal and state background check, the person may work provisionally for up to six months under the supervision of another employee with at least six months of direct care experience until the background check is completed.
  • Prior to provisional employment, the person must submit a statement attesting that they have not been convicted of any relevant crimes or offenses. Once the background check is completed the person may work without restriction.

Drug Testing

  • Pre-employment drug testing must be completed within the first 60 days of employment.
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Have you heard? There's a free Self-Direction Conference starting next week!

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Register now!

The New Jersey Self-Direction Conference Starts Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Public Partnerships, in combination 5 other organizations, is bringing you a FREE conference all about Self-Direction in New Jersey!

Register to join PPL, 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 for a conference on the past, present and future of self-direction in New Jersey.

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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 .

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.