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The following requirements are in place to receive services through the Supports Program, an individual must:

* DDD can start working with you at age 16 . Don't wait!

* Be a New Jersey resident

*  Complete and submit the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Intake Application to determine service

    eligibility (see How to Apply for Division-funded Services)  

*  Become Medicaid eligible and maintain Medicaid eligibility (see Medicaid Eligibility)

* Complete the NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT) via the Rutgers Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute (DDPI). For information regarding the NJ CAT, please visit our NJ CAT web resource page.

* Select or be assigned by the Division to a Support Coordination Agency

New Jersey Department of Human Services

Division of Developmental Disabilities ​ 

2017 Graduates Aging Out of the School System: 

Steps to Accessing Services/Supports from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) 
This timeline applies to students who have exhausted their educational entitlement by turning 21 years of age within the 2016/2017 school year 

Ensure you are eligible for DDD 
• If you have not already been deemed eligible for DDD contact the Intake/Intensive Unit of your DDD Community Services Office. You can also start the application process through the DDD website at
• A list of DDD Community Services Offices is available at 

Ensure you are eligible for Medicaid 
• Information on Medicaid eligibility as it relates to DDD is available on DDD’s Medicaid Eligibility page at
• If you need assistance applying for Medicaid or have not been able to become eligible, complete the Medicaid Eligibility Troubleshooting Form (available on the Medicaid Eligibility page) and submit it to the DDD’s Medicaid Eligibility Help 
• Questions can be via email, directed to the DDD Medicaid Eligibility Help Desk at 

Complete the NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT) 

• The NJ CAT must be completed by all individuals who wish to receive DDD services. Contact the Intake/Intensive Unit of your DDD Community Services Office ( to request access to complete the NJ CAT through a password-protected online survey or over the telephone. 

Participate in activities offered through the Planning for Adult Life project 
• Visit www.Planning for details about training sessions, resource materials, webinars, student groups, and parent groups covering topics for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 16-21 and their families. Topics covered through this project include but are not limited to employment/post-secondary education, housing, self-direction, self-advocacy/awareness, legal/financial planning, health/behavioral health, building/maintaining community ties, and friendships. 

Identify the student’s vision for work and life and what supports he/she may need through Person-Centered Planning 
• To help get you started, you can use DDD’s Person-Centered Planning Tool (PCPT), available at


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