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

New Jersey Creates Ombudsman for Disability Services

Posted By: Sam Fogelgaren on January 12, 4:24 AM

Earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie signed A-3824 into law. The law 'establishes Office of Ombudsman for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families.'

From Lilo H. Stainton of NJ Spotlight: "Estimated to cost anywhere from $150,000 to $1.9 million annually, depending on its workload, the ombudsman and a limited staff would be responsible for helping individuals access appropriate federal, state, and local services; assisting them with communications with government agencies and dispute resolution, while serving as neutral arbitrators; identifying patterns of complaints and recommend improvements; and working with state agencies to better reach those they serve. In addition, the office would be required to report its work to state officials, the governor and the lawmaker each year."

Outgoing Governor Approves Array of Healthcare Programs - NJ Spotlight


New Jersey Family Care update- June, 2017

Posted By: Post 21 Club on July 12, 9:49 PM

(By Beverley Roberts, the ARC of NJ)
June 2017: NJ FamilyCare - Important Information
It is important for families and staff to be aware of the necessity of completing the NJ FamilyCare renewal application if it arrives in the mail. The renewal application is mailed to those who already have Medicaid, and it is necessary for it to be completed and mailed back quickly, in order to continue Medicaid benefits. If this renewal application is ignored, the result would be the termination of Medicaid!
Please note that the term "NJ FamilyCare" is the same as "Medicaid." The "Aged, Blind, and Disabled" Medicaid program is one of the Medicaid categories in which many individuals with I/DD receive their Medicaid benefit.
Although a renewal application can be sent out as often as every year (depending upon the county in which one lives), some families may never have received a renewal application for their son/daughter's NJ FamilyCare/ Medicaid, while others may receive a renewal application every year. The NJ FamilyCare/ Medicaid renewal application is sent through the regular mail, at different times in the year, so if a family does not receive it, they should not be concerned.
Please share this information with others who may also be interested.
Thank you!
Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care
The Arc of New Jersey
985 Livingston Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Direct line: 732.246.2567; T:732.246.2525 x34; F:732.246.2567;