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Are programs funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities closed? What support is there for residents of Developmental Centers?

Last Updated: 05/21/2020

New Jersey has temporarily closed congregate day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Division of Developmental Disabilities has issued guidance and published an FAQ document on day program closures and discontinued community outings related to COVID-19.

Beginning the week of April 27, the State will start testing all residents and staff at all five State Residential Developmental Centers for COVID-19 using the new saliva-based testing developed by Rutgers University. As of May 20, Developmental Centers have completed testing in their facilities, and the Department of Health is now working together to improve access to testing in group homes.

Information related to COVID-19 will continue to be posted on the Division of Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Updates page.

Note: To better support individuals with disabilities during this public health crisis, in circumstances where support is essential, the Department of Health has made some accommodations during hospitalization.

  • A designated healthy support person is permitted to be with an individual with a disability during hospitalization. The designated support person may be a family member, personal care assistant or another disability service provider.
  • Healthy is defined as individuals with no signs of respiratory illness such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. They should not have had contact with anyone with or suspected of having COVID-19 or any respiratory illness and individuals should be wearing the appropriate protective equipment.

Source: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/press/2020/approved/20200318b.html| https://nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/resources/coronavirus.html; Governor Murphy's Remarks 4/23/20; NJ Health Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 5/7/20; NJ Health Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 5/20/20