Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget Finalized with New Funding

July 17, 2017

After days of negotiations and a brief government shutdown, the New Jersey state budget was finalized and signed by Governor Christie on July 4th.  With the passage of the $34.7 billion budget came a number of appropriations that will benefit the autism community in the coming fiscal year.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has received over $20 million of new state funding that will be allocated to the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) to increase the number of children and families that can be served by their Intensive In-Home (IIH) Behavioral program and Care Management Organizations (CMO).  With this investment in these critical programs that serve children with the most acute behavioral needs in the state, the IIH and the CMO programs will see increases of 35% and 20%, respectively.

On the adult service side, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will receive $89.7 million in new state and federal funding to expand community-based options for individuals with developmental disabilities and will be allocated as follows:

  • $10 million to fund community-based services for individuals currently on the CCW waiting list
  • $8.6 million to fund community-based residential placements for 54 individuals currently living in one of the five DDD developmental centers, consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision
  • $1 million to fund 125 new housing vouchers
  • $46.2 million to fund service expansion for new and existing Supports Program participants
  • $23.9 million to fund general DDD growth due to young adults turning 21 and aging out of special education services, emergencies, self-direction, and annualized cost from prior year placements, in addition to funds available from prior-year CCW recoveries.

Additionally, an appropriation that will impact children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities is the allocation of $20 million to increase the hourly wage of Direct Support Professionals (DSP) who provide essential care to individuals who require daily assistance.  This much needed funding is earmarked for DSPs who provide children’s behavioral health services and assist children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities under provider contracts with the Department of Children and Families, the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Human Services, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and will be allocated no later than October 1, 2017. 

For any questions, comments, or additional clarification on the state budget, please contact us at publicpolicy@autismnj.org.


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