To address a broad range of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, The Arc of New Jersey coordinates the following programs and projects:
Children's Advocacy- The Children's Advocacy program works directly with children and families to provide individual and systems advocacy related to Early Intervention (EI), the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) and PerformCare, and special education and related services.
Criminal Justice Advocacy - The Criminal Justice Advocacy Program is the only one of its kind in the state of New Jersey that provides alternatives to incarceration on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities who are defendants in the criminal justice system through advocacy, case management, education and training.
The Family Institute - The Family Institute is dedicated to providing timely information, advocacy, support and training to family members that have a loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability.
Governmental Affairs - The Director of Governmental Affairs works collaboratively with the Legislature and the Administration to insure that the well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is a priority both legislatively and in each fiscal budget.
Health Care Advocacy - The Director of the Health Care Advocacy Program advocates for quality health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and monitors and advocates for changes in Medicaid and Medicare that affect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Project HIRE - Project HIRE is an employment and training program for adults with developmental disabilities and provides training services designed to assist schools in developing and implementing quality transition plans for students in special education programs.
Self Advocacy - The New Jersey Self Advocacy Project supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in learning the skills necessary to speak for themselves, organizing around issues of importance to them, and working collectively on projects of their choosing.
Training and Consultation Services - Training and Consultation Services provides staff training and technical assistance to supported employment providers, support coordinators, self-advocates, families and schools throughout the State of New Jersey. Training topics include but are not limited to, Job Coaching, Job Developing, Documentation & Record Keeping, Communication & Team Building, Management & Program Structure, & Accreditation.
Planning for Adult Life - Planning for Adult Life is a statewide project funded by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to assist young adults (between the ages of 16-21) with developmental disabilities and their families in charting a life course for adulthood. We offer a variety of resources including Informational sessions, webinars, and resource guides/materials that address the following core areas: Postsecondary Education/Employment, Housing, Legal/Financial Planning, Entitlement Programs and Eligibility, Self-Direction, Health/Behavioral Health, Building/Maintaining Community Ties and Friendships, and Planning/Visioning a Life Course.