Personal Preference Program: An Overview

Posted By: Post 21 Club on March 12, 5:12 PM

Once families have received their Medicaid through an NJ Family Care Managed Care Organization/insurance company, they are eligible for Personal Care Assistant Services (PCA).

PCA services are non-emergency, health related tasks through NJ FamilyCare. Tasks include help with activities of daily living (ADLs) and with household duties essential to the patient's health and comfort, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and light housekeeping.

What is PPP?
The Personal Preference Program (PPP) is an alternate way for individuals to receive their NJ FamilyCare Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services, giving them more choice.

Using a "Cash & Counseling" approach, along with the idea of "consumer direction," PCA services can be accessed under PPP, which allows seniors and people with disabilities who are NJ FamilyCare recipients to direct and manage their own services.

With a monthly cash allowance, participants - or "consumers" - work with a consultant to develop a Cash Management Plan (CMP). This plan helps them decide the services they need and the individuals and/or agencies they can hire to provide those services. Consumers who are cognitively impaired or unable to make their own decisions can choose a representative to make decisions on their behalf.

PPP also includes Fiscal Management (FM) services to help consumers with the financial aspects of the program. The FM handles all enrollment and payroll responsibilities for individuals/agencies and acts as a bookkeeping service. They also visit every 3 months to monitor and manage services and ensure the safety and well-being of consumers.

The Personal Preference Program requires greater individual responsibility. But in return, it offers the consumers more control, flexibility and choice over the services they receive.
PPP allows consumers to:
·   Choose the services they need and want
·   Hire anyone they want: relatives, friends, neighbors
·   Design a service plan to meet their schedule
·   Buy equipment, devices, make home modifications
·   Exercise greater control, flexibility and choice over their personal care
You can use your cash allowance to:
·   Purchase services from an agency
·   Pay a friend or relative to help you
·   Make modifications to your home, such as a ramp or chair lift, that help you live more independently
·   Buy equipment, appliances, technology or other items that increase your independence, such as a microwave oven, or front loading washing machine that you can reach from your wheelchair
Applicants must be:
·   NJ FamilyCare eligible
·   Approved for Personal Care Assistant Services (PCA) and need PCA services for at least six months.
·   Able to self-direct services or choose a representative who can act on his/her behalf
If you are enrolled in a NJ FamilyCare Managed Care Organization (MCO), please contact your MCO to request a PCA assessment for enrollment into PPP.
Horizon NJ Health
United Health Care
If you are not enrolled in an MCO, please contact us at 1-888-285-3036 for assistance.
Division of Disability Services
11A Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville NJ
(Mailing: PO Box 705 Trenton NJ 08625)

Telephone: 888-285-3036
Fax: 609-631-4365
2017 PPP FI Transition Information (English) (Spanish
PPP brochure (English) (Spanish) 
Ursula Baker,  PPP Program Manager
For more information, or if you have further issues, please contact me at the address below.
Thank you!
Hyun Kim
Consultant, PCG

First International Night / General Membership Meeting

Posted By: Post 21 Club on March 9, 5:58 PM

Post 21 Club's first quarterly hosted International Night / General Membership meeting is happening and THE place to be, the night of March 13, 2018!

Although the event is now SOLD OUT, IT is intended to be repeated every few months so that our membership families can get together over great food and catch up with Post 21 Club's important business.

Among a handful of highlights, our website Editor, Sam Fogelgaren, will roll out our new website for lucky attendees!

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Phoenix Center’s Transition Fair

Posted By: Post 21 Club on March 8, 9:47 PM

We'll be at the Phoenix Center's Transition Fair on Friday, March 26th from 11-1

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Talk: Services on Quality Improvement through the Division of Developmental Disabilities

Posted By: Post 21 Club on October 16, 3:41 PM

Bergen County Family Support Group in association with Neighbours-Inc. & Post 21 Club presents:

Services on Quality Improvement through the Division of Developmental Disabilities

Speaker: Heather Ciociola
Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017
When: From 6:30 to 8:30PM
Where: Bergen County Special Services Admin. Bldg. 540 Farview Ave Paramus, NJ 07652
Please RSVP to or

Quality Improvement at DDD: Attendees will learn about the Quality Improvement initiatives currently underway at the Division of Developmental Disabilities. We will review the Division’s Quality Measurement Framework, an example of how the framework is being applied to DDD initiatives, and other areas being explored for Quality Improvement, with the goal of improving the quality of services and supports.

Heather Ciociola
Heather Ciociola, MSW, is the Director of Quality Improvement for the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. Heather earned a BA in History from Vassar College and an MSW in Management and Policy from Rutgers University, and completed her Interdisciplinary Traineeship at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. In 2016, she served as National Association of Social Workers-NJ Mercer/Burlington Unit Chair and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities at the Rutgers School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education. Prior to completing her MSW, Heather built her career in the corporate sector, with particular expertise in the development of communication strategies and the use of metrics and data for improved business results.

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PROFECTUM CONFERENCE OCT. 25,26 Hilton Newark Penn Station, Newark, New Jersey

Posted By: Post 21 Club on September 27, 8:03 PM

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“REPEAL AND REPLACE” down but not out! Graham/Cassidy Repeal And Replace Bill a nail-biter

Posted By: Post 21 Club on September 27, 7:58 PM

After numerous failed attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans are again trying yet one more time, prior to a Sept. 30, 2017 deadline that will make it virtually impossible to so from a legislative standpoint. Pertinent to the US Autism and other affected populations are the near-assured loss of pre-existing conditions protection and guarantees provided under Obamacare, as well as the sizable rollbacks of Medicare funding over the coming years. While the proposed bill’s sponsors claim that nothing is lost on the Federal level, when healthcare responsibility is shifted over to the States, that is where the cuts will assuredly happen. Concerned citizens should contact their elected representatives and express their verifiable concerns.

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United Way of Bergen County Airmount Woods

Posted By: Post 21 Club on September 19, 3:56 PM

Airmount Woods is a special needs housing development designed specifically to address the shortage of residential housing opportunities for individuals with autism. It is the country’s first publicly funded and purpose built special needs housing for individuals with autism. The BCUW/Madeline Partnership, Ramsey Housing Inc. and Virgona + Virgona Architects constructed two state of the art homes for eight young adult males. 24/7 staffing is provided by New Horizons for Autism, a service provider with over 30 years of experience in the field.

Airmount Woods

All units are handicap accessible and contain features to assist in the daily lifestyle of persons with autism including accommodation for staffing, durable finishes and the latest in green technologies.

The 1.3 acre site located on Airmount Avenue in Ramsey is a bucolic setting that will provide passive recreational space as well as added safety and security. The homes will be ready for occupancy in March.

Funding for the project combines investments from the NJHMFA Special Needs Trust, the Borough of Ramsey Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the Bergen County Division of Community Development HOME and CDBG programs.

July 18, 2017: “Repeal and Replace” defeated.

Posted By: Post 21 Club on August 23, 2:27 PM

The Republican-controlled Congress failed to accomplish their long-promised “repeal and replace” rollback of “Obamacare”. Although skyrocketing premiums, deductibles, and other troublesome trends continue to worsen, the nation’s Congressional lawmakers are now obligated to cooperate and creatively strive to repair and overhaul the existing legislation, without leaving tens of millions of vulnerable Americans without life-sustaining Medicaid coverage. Such improvements will have to be accomplished despite continuing distractions generated by the Executive branch.

Post 21 Club General Meetings

Posted By: Post 21 Club on August 23, 1:25 PM

Post 21 Club will be having semi-annual get-togethers of our entire general membership!


Posted By: Post 21 Club on August 23, 1:21 PM

August 14, 2017 by Post 21 Club

Here come more Cookoffs! Bon appetit...!

Post 21 Club is re-starting the world's most tasteful fundraising activities beginning Springtime, 2018. Our planned venue is La Promenade in Tenafly, New Jersey, where we have held previous successfull competitive “Cook-offs”. As can be seen throughout our Website, the Post 21 Club creates Program and Service choices for individuals with Autism, through collaboration and funding contributions. Sponsors and donors are at ease knowing that their contributions are going to an innovative, responsible parent group that is a registered 501(c)(3), whose adult children have Autism, with a great track record of Pilot Program creation for Bergen County dating back to 2008.

We can use your help- reach out to us at

We will post updates as we make progress...stay tuned!

-Post 21 Club 2017