The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Department of Human Services) released its latest Timeline for Students Exiting School and Turning 21 for the 2019–2020 academic year. The procedure is as follows:
- STEP 1. Apply for Medicaid eligibility. Links are provided for information on Medicaid eligibility, along with additional help that may be needed.
- STEP 2. Apply for DDD Eligibility. After the student turns 18, contact the DDD Community Services Office nearest you. To download the DDD Eligibility Application, click here.
- STEP 3. Complete the NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJCAT). The NJCAT is completed with the Intake Unit of the DDD Community
Services Office nearest your residence, as part of the eligibility application process.
- STEP 4. Complete the Support Coordination Agency Selection Form. When the student is in their last year of school-based services and is 21 or turning 21, the Support Coordination Agency Selection Form is completed and submitted.
Time lines are given for the following:
- Preparation and planning
- Selecting the support coordination agency
- Developing the Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
For further information, please download the Timeline for Students Exiting School and Turning 21 PDF.