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What is a Support Coordination Agency? A support coordination agency such as Equal Opportunity Support Services is an organization that will help you get the services you need. Support Coordinators help you by:
- Listening to what you need and want in your life
- Developing your individualized service plan
- Finding service providers in your community that meet your needs
- Checking in to make sure the services in you plan are meeting your needs
- Answering your questions
- Responding to emergencies
To receive Support Coordination Services, an individual must first be eligible for services through the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities. If you have questions about whether you or your loved one meet the criteria to be eligible for DDD-funded services or need assistance completing the application, please visit their website https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/apply/.
Once an individual becomes eligible for DDD services, he or she may choose Equal Opportunity Support Services to coordinate their support needs. To select Equal Opportunity Support Services as your preferred agency, submit the Support Coordination Agency Selection form to DDD.SCAChoice@dhs.state.nj.us.
Any individual currently assigned to a Support Coordination Agency may select Equal Opportunity Support Services to coordinate their support needs at any time by emailing a completed Support Coordination Agency Selection form to DDD.SCAChoice@dhs.state.nj.us.
Equal Opportunity Support Services can help individuals eligible for services with gaining access to programs and state plan services, as well as needed medical, social, educational, and other services. Examples of some services available through the supports program are:
Community-Based Supports – Services that provide direct support and assistance for participants, with or without the caregiver present, in or out of the participant’s home.
Day Habilitation Services – Services that provide education and training to acquire the skills and experience needed to participate in the community. This may include activities to support individuals with building problem-solving skills, self-help, social skills, adaptive skills, daily living skills, and leisure skills.
Respite – Services provided to participants unable to care for themselves because of the absence or need for relief of those persons who normally provide care for the individual (on a short-term basis). Respite may be delivered, hourly, daily, or overnight. Respite may be provided in the individuals’ home, a DHS licensed group home, or another community based setting approved by DHS. Some settings, such as a hotel, may be approved by the State for use when options using other settings have been exhausted.
Goods and Services – Goods and Services are services, equipment, or supplies, which address an identified need (including improving and maintaining individuals’ opportunities for full membership in the community) such as:
- Garage door opener for access to home
- Microwave oven to assist someone in cooking his/her own meals
- Classes within the general public
- Durable medical equipment prescribed by a physician
- Activity Fees
- Security Deposit
*Please note that examples are not all-inclusive of everything that can be funded through this service. To see an expansive list of services available, click here.
Our Support Coordinators will ensure that you or your family member receives the support and services needed to live your best life because Everyone Deserves an Equal Opportunity!
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