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What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

Last Updated: 05/14/2020

In response to COVID-19, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have:

Information related to COVID-19 will continue to be posted on the Division of Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Updates page: https://nj.gov/humanservices/ddd/resources/coronavirus.html

Revised Guidance During Hospitalization

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.

Additional Resources

Additional information and help can be obtained through the following channels:

  • For general questions, residents can call 211
  • For clinical questions, residents should call 1-800-962-1253 (This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • For live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211
  • To receive alerts on their phone, residents should text "NJCOVID" to 898-211

Additional resources can be found through local non-profits and advocacy organizations including:

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