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Adult Services Frequently Asked Questions

Adult Services Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Where can I obtain information about publicly funded services for adults with developmental disabilities?

 State-funded services for adults with developmental disabilities age 21 years and older are administered by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities.

  1. I’m a behavior analyst, and I would to become credentialed by DDD to work with adults. What steps do I need to take?

Steps necessary to become a credentialed Medicaid/DDD provider

  1. What kind of assessments should I use to develop programming for adults with ASD?

As a general rule, parents and practitioners should use assessments to identify skills that are of practical relevance and promote independence. Some useful assessment tools include:

Assessment of Functional Living Skills

Autism Speaks Community-Based Skills Assessment

Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales II

  1. What is Support Coordination?

Support Coordination (SC) is a DDD-funded service that assists individuals in gaining access to needed program and State plan services, as well as needed medical, social, educational and other services.  All individuals who are eligible for and wish to access DDD-funded services must either select or be assigned to a Support Coordination Agency (SCA).

The Support Coordination Agency assigns a Support Coordinator to work with the individual and his/her family to ensure completion of the Person-Centered Planning Tool (PCPT) and to develop the Individualized Service Plan (ISP).  See Choosing a Support Coordination Agency for guidance on selecting a support coordinator.

  1. How do I develop an Individualized Service Plan?

In collaboration with the Support Coordinator, the Individualized Service Plan is developed by the individual and an interdisciplinary team (IDT). The IDT consists of the individual, his or her parent(s) or guardian(s), and a team of professionals that may include a social worker, doctor/nurse, DSP, nutritionist, psychologist/psychiatrist, QIDP, OT/PT, teacher, residential representative, day program representative, vocational representative or job coach. The individual should be interviewed and evaluated on job experience, educational background, employment skills, potential, need for supportive services and interests should be evaluated. Activities, supports, and resources required to achieve the individual’s personal goals are detailed in the document. The ISP and contract should be reviewed by the individual and the representative at least every six months.

  1. I have concerns about the ethical practices in a group home where an adult with ASD lives. What can I do about it?

If you suspect abuse or neglect, review Unusual Incident Reporting forms and instructions.

  1. Resources for programming for adults with ASD?

Danya International, Inc., Organization for Autism Research & Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. (2006). Life journey through autism: A guide for transition to adulthood. Arlington, VA: Organization for Autism Research, Inc.

Luiselli, J. K. (Ed.) (2011). Teaching and behavior support for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder: A practitioner’s guide. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wehman, P. (2011). Essentials of transition planning. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Wehman, P., Smith, M. D., & Schall, C. (2009). Autism and the transition to adulthood. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.