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Adult Services Workgroup

Mission

The NJABA Adult Services Workgroup is dedicated to promoting the professional practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in adult services and increasing both the private and public capacity through the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide high-quality, evidence-based behavior analytic services to all.

Leadership Committee

Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA, Chair
Darren Blough, MSW, BCaBA, Vice Chair
Vanessa Bethea, M.A., BCBA, Secretary
Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, FAQ Coordinator
June McKim, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Website Coordinator

Current Activities

We are developing committees on the following topics:
1. Reviewing current practices related to the operation of Behavior Management Committees (BMC) at service-provider agencies for adults with autism throughout the state
2. Exploring training opportunities to enhance the ABA capacity of professionals in the adult service delivery system
3. Reviewing DDD’s Behavioral Support Services within the Community Care Waiver (CCW) and Supports Program to better align these policies with the standards of the profession (e.g., types of services covered, minimum provider qualifications)

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?

Resources

Gerhardt, P. F., & Lainer, I. (2011). Addressing the needs of adolescents and adults with autism: A crisis on the horizon. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 41(1), 37-45.
Henninger, N. A., & Taylor, J. L. (2013). Outcomes in adults with autism spectrum disorders: A historical perspective. Autism, 17(1), 103-116.

Meetings

The ASWG meetings will occur once per month and will take place at the respective places of work of the ASWG membership. Typically meetings will be scheduled from 10am-11:30am and will be followed by a brief tour of the adult services facility where the meeting is held as is possible/appropriate.

Please RSVP to Christopher Manente, PhD, BCBA, Adult Services Workgroup Chair.

2016-2017 Meeting Schedule

  • November 18, 2016 Host: Autism New Jersey Headquarters, 500 Horizon Drive, Suite 530 Robbinsville, NJ 08691   609-588-8200
  • December 16, 2016 Host: TBA
  • CANCELLED January 20, 2017 Host: Princeton Child Development Institute, 300 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540 CANCELLED
  • February 17, 2017 Host:Youth Consultation Services, 20 East Evergreen Avenue, Somerdale, NJ 08083
  • April 21, 2017 Host: TBA (We are hoping to be able to offer CE’s at this meeting)
  • May 19, 2017 Host: TBA
  • June 16, 2017 Host: TBA

Interested, but unsure if you’d like to officially join? Come to a meeting to learn more and network with colleagues. All are welcome!

For general inquiries, contact Amanda Cortez, amanda@amg101.com, or 609-910-0394