Personal Preference Program: An Overview

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

Q: “Why should I be interested in the Personal Preference Program (PPP)?”

A: If you and/or your relatives spend a significant part of your week providing caregiving services to your adult child who lives with Autism, the Federal government and NJ State can and will compensate all those involved, up to certain limits, as “employees” of the affected individual?

All that is required is completion of an application process, and filling out regular timesheets online.  When one considers the amount of love, time, and effort that goes into providing care to the individual(s), being paid for these services can be a great help.  What you should know and be aware of:


PPP enables affected individuals (“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



An affected individual can use a cash allowance to:

  • Purchase services from an agency
  • Pay friends or relatives when providing caregiving
  • Make modifications to the home, such as a ramp or chair lift, that help the Consumer live more independently
  • Buy equipment, appliances, technology or other items that increase independence, such as a microwave oven, or front loading washing machine that the Consumer can reach from a wheelchair


DETAILS: Once families have established their Medicaid eligibility through an NJ Family Care Managed Care Organization/insurance company, they are eligible for Personal Care Assistant services (PCA).
These are non-emergency, health related tasks administered by NJ FamilyCare. Tasks include help with activities of daily living (“ADL”’s), and also household duties essential to the patient's health and comfort, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and light housekeeping.


1. What is the Personal Preference Program (“PPP”)?

PPP is a way for affected individuals to receive Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services via NJ FamilyCare.

(Per the NJ Department of Human Services, NJ FamilyCare is not a welfare program, but rather the State of New Jersey's way of providing affordable health coverage for kids and certain low-income parents.  See )

2. Using a "Cash & Counseling" approach, along with the concept 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.

3. Financial Management 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.

BACKGROUND SUMMARY: 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.

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

Personal Preference Program: An Overview

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


Contact Information for Service Providers & Institutions

Posted By: Sam Fogelgaren on December 19, 1:32 AM

Institutions & Providers

Alpine Learning Group
555 Goffle Road, Suite 102
Ridgewood, NJ 07450 ft
Arc of Bergen/Passaic Counties
223 Moore Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Arc of New Jersey
985 Livingston Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Asperger's Skill Building Network of
WPU, Dept. of Special Ed. & Counseling
1600 Valley Rd.
Wayne, NJ 07470
Bergen County Special Services
296 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Broadway Medical Adult Day Services
Broadway Respite and Homecare
17-17 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

The Center for Family Support
205 Robing Road, Suite 122
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-678-0370 x552
Community Options
506 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, NJ 07470
Easter Seals-NJ
194 Route 17 North
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Eastern Christian Children's Retreat
700 Mountain Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Friendship House
296 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

F.S.E.C. 21 and Over Program at
Felician College
460 Passaic Avenue
Lodi, NJ 07644
Institute for Behavioral Health and
Developmental Disabilities
Located at the JCC of Paramus
304 E. Midland Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
Institute for Educational Achievement
381 Madison Avenue
New Milford, NJ 07646

Jespy House
102 Prospect Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670

LEAP-Life Enrichment and
Achievement Program
Two Park Avenue
Dumont, NJ
Marble Jam Kids
954 Kinderkamack Road
River Edge, NJ 07661
New Concepts for Living
68 A West Passaic Street
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Opportunity Center
13-19 Fair Lawn Ave
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Pride Programs (ECLC School)
2 locations: Paramus, NJ 07652 and
Chatham, NJ 07928

Progressive Comprehensive Services, LLC
Main office: 100 Hanover Ave, Suite 103
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Bergen site: 56 Ridgewood Road,
Township of Washington, NJ 07676

Quest Autism Programs
Located in the Wyckoff "Y" but different
program than Shining Star Express
691 Wyckoff Ave
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Spectrum for Living

210 Rivervale Rd, Suite 3
RiverVale, NJ 07675
Spectrum Works
201-552-2055; 201-247-4331
565 Windsor Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Wyckoff YMCA - Shooting Star 21+ Program
201-891-2081 x173
691 Wyckoff Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481