Earlier today, the Division of Developmental Disabilities announced that day habilitation programs could start re-opening effective September 21, 2020. Please note, this does not mean all day programs will open on that date. Day Habilitation programs closed in March to prevent further spread of COVID-19. As community provider organizations take the next steps toward re-opening, they will need to meet a series health and safety measure outlined in DDD’s “Congregate Day Program Re-Opening Requirements” document.

Before determining whether an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) is ready to return to his or her day program, the community provider agency, the family and individual will need to communicate and review what will work best and how to make the transition a successful one. Providers will also work with families to complete the Individual Needs and Risk Assessment. The total number of individuals served at one time at a Division-funded congregate day program will be 25%. Please note that according to the Re-Opening Requirements document, in some instances it may be less than 25% if that number of individuals cannot be served while also practicing social distancing requirements.

We encourage you to review the Re-Opening Requirement document and other supplemental materials related to this announcement, which can be found under the Developmental Disabilities header on the Department of Human Services Coronavirus Information page.

As more information comes out regarding day programs, we will be sure to share those updates with you.

Additionally, Governor Murphy announced yesterday that the state will provide CARES Act funding for the reopening of 26 Sheltered Workshop programs throughout the state. Each provider will be able to apply for funding which will be allocated toward eligible reopening costs, including those for instituting social distancing, intensified cleaning, personal protective equipment, and providing remote opportunities for individuals in these programs. To read additional information, click here. 
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