LeadingAge New Jersey Annual Meeting & EXPO
Caesars Hotel Atlantic City
June 11 - June 13, 2019

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Sponsorship Opportunities

LeadingAge New Jersey's Annual Meeting and EXPO is the premier event for mission driven providers of high quality health care, housing and services for seniors. Our members come to our annual meeting to find life changing products & services for their residents and clients and we connect you face to face with senior level leaders who purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars of goods and services annually.

For more details, view the 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities file:  Sponsorship Opportunities 2019
For more information on the event view the:  
2019 Exhibitor Prospectus
News & Updates
Sarlo: State might need to boost DHS funding to
support higher minimum wage

By Sam Sutton

TRENTON - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are starting to raise concerns about how New Jersey's rising minimum wage might wipe out health care providers who rely on low-wage support staff.

On Thursday, members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee directed multiple questions to Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson about how the state's new minimum wage law might affect providers offering mental health, disability support services, long-term nursing home and home health care for low-income residents.
Many of those groups are compensated through the state's Medicaid program. If reimbursement rates for those services don't increase, the margins of many of those businesses will tighten - possibly harming their ability to hire more workers or retain existing staff.

Several committee members, led by Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) and Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), the Republican budget officer, said they were worried higher wages in other fields might drain the labor pool of qualified direct support professionals who help those living with disabilities.

Sarlo said he planned to be "vocal as we balance the budget, about trying to find some additional monies - even if it has to come from another program - to provide to these folks. I just believe it's very, very critical that we ensure that these ... providers are protected."

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the state's new minimum wage law earlier this year with the backing of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex). By design, the law contains a long on-ramp to help employers operating on tighter margins, including certain health care businesses.

New Jersey's minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $11 an hour in January and eventually hit $15 an hour for most workers by 2024.

Last year's budget, along with the coming year's spending plan, set aside $18 million to fund higher wages for direct support professionals working in the health care field. The federal government provided another $14 million in matching funds.

Johnson said the Fiscal Year 2020 budget likely contains enough to back the scheduled minimum wage hike. State and federal funds allocated through last year's budget for direct support professionals likely brought their average salary to around $11, though it might be higher, she said.

However, that doesn't necessarily take into account wage compression, which refers to the need to raise wages for those making more than minimum wage now that the floor is higher. In March, representatives from the New Jersey Association of Community Providers told the Assembly budget committee the state would need to provide $54 million in new funding, with matching federal dollars, to ensure wages are 25 percent above the new minimum wage.

"These are issues that we're going to need to work on this year so we can come back to you on what we need going forward," Johnson told the committee Thursday, later adding. "[Providers] like to stay above the minimum wage so they can recruit."

One of the conditions of the department's funding for higher wages was for providers to submit data on what they pay their employees. The state's Medicaid reimbursement rates for those services are based on utilization and other assumptions - employee wages haven't necessarily played a factor, Johnson said. The department's ability to collect wage data will "significantly help inform us how we're doing going forward."

That doesn't necessarily benefit providers who are paid through the state's Medicaid managed care organizations, said Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Burlington). Singleton floated the prospect of setting aside "seed money" to help the department reimburse providers as the minimum wage gets closer to the $15 an hour.

"If you hear from the provider community, they're not going to be able to attract a good workforce moving forward," Sarlo said at the conclusion of the hearing, echoing comments made by Oroho.

"Our ability to continue to help people succeed in the community is dependent on a strong workforce committed to this work," Johnson told the committee. "We share your concern."

HUD Releases 2019 Income Limits

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019  
To access the new income limits, visit the HUDUser web site
For HUD's Multifamily Housing program, the new 2019 Income limits are effective 4/24/2019.
All new certifications effective 4/24/2019 or later will include the new income limits.
The new tax credit income limits are available on the same site but can be implemented within the next 45 days. 
More information to come.


The NJ Alliance for Culture Change is looking for you to present your person-centered best practice at this year's 5th Annual Connect Forum!

Why Present:
  • Share your person-centered accomplishments
  • Show pride in your organization
  • Share your commitment and passion for person-centered practices
  • Share the impact to those you serve and the employees
  • Inspire your peers to do the right thing for those they serve
  • You have successfully implemented and embedded person-centered practices, such as, CNAs attending care plan, consistent assignments, daily huddles, and so much more


What is a person-centered best practice? 
 Person-centered best practices include a variety of approaches that empower residents/clients and improve the quality of their lives.   Person-centered best practices are best achieved through collaboration among all stakeholders (residents/clients, their families and multi-disciplinary employees).  They may include single or multi-organizations initiatives and involve partnerships with other community, religious or regulatory organizations. 


All submissions must be received by May 29, 2019.
 Click HERE for the Application to Present

 Email all completed applications to NJACCEducation@njculturechange.org

We look forward to seeing you at this year's Connect Forum!

-New Jersey Alliance for Culture Change

Bolstering Response Capabilities, Building
Partnerships and Preparing for the Unexpected

 June 3, 2019 | Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831


Community and state preparedness are essential to the health security of all Americans .
The degree of integration of health care services with each other and across the continuum
of public health, behavioral health, and social services contributes significantly to overall
community health and relatedly, the community's resilience to withstand the impacts of a
disaster. Events in the last few years have demonstrated how critical it is for health systems locally and across the country to be ready and able to respond quickly and effectively.

Amy Herman, Sheri Fink, Mukesh Roy, Daniel Regenye, Dr. Hillel Peltz, Elya Baltazar, Rebecca Lis


* Identify unique methods and creative solutions in the preparation for, response to and recovery
from an infectious disease outbreak

* Identify at least one tangible, actionable method to develop and/or strengthen partnerships in
a medical surge event

* List two methods to change the way one reacts and responds to major events


Healthcare emergency managers, long term care administrators, FQHC's, public health professionals, hospice and home health care providers

For registration and more information visit:

  • Assistant Administrator- Skilled Nursing Services
AGreenbaum@leadingagenj.org or call the LeadingAge New Jersey office at (609) 452-1161.