Posted by DDD on 11.9.2018
The following information was sent out by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) on November 9, 2018 and appears unedited below. Please note that The Arc of New Jersey is NOT the author of this information. We are only forwarding it as a service to individuals and families who may not be on the Division's subscription list.
DDD Health and Safety Resources for Providers and Caregivers

The Division is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals we serve. This begins by ensuring that providers and caregivers have access to quality resources that can inform and educate them about health-related issues that can affect individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Below are a number of health and safety bulletins available on the Division’s website, and three health and safety videos available on the Department of Human Services YouTube page.
Health and Safety Bulletins
Pica  (consumption of non-food items)

Health and Safety Videos
In addition, the Division’s Olmstead Resource Team (ORT) conducts monthly workshops in the Freehold Office and has staff available to conduct on-site training for agencies. The ORT also has staff available to customize supports for agencies. The ORT training is offered to agencies at no cost and training staff consists of Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Speech-Language Pathologists.
ORT Training Topics
  • Behavior Support Plans
  • Behavioral Supports
  • Pica
  • Swallowing Disorders and Mealtimes
  • Health Care
ORT Customized Supports
  • Consultative Services
  • Recommendations and Staff Training
  • Assistance for Community Behaviorists
  • Staff training for Mealtime Needs
  • Advise for Medically Complicated Cases
  • Communication and Hearing Support
For more information about the Division’s health and safety resources, please contact ORT Supervisor Sara Irizarry at 609.476.5208 or .
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