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Governmental Affairs Update
By: Sharon Levine, Director of  Governmental Affairs and Communication

The Arc of New Jersey continued to meet throughout the month of April with members of both the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees to advocate in support of increased funding to address the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce crisis. In our ongoing role as Chair of

Mission to Transition

College Internship Program
The College Internship Program (CIP) is a transition program  for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with other Learning Differences such as ADHD and Dyslexia CIP provides real-life experience and skill development in areas such as social skills, executive functioning, sensory processing and wellness through its residential post-secondary programs.  

Visit CIP's website HERE, or listen to our podcast with Dan McManmon, President of CIP, HERE.

Prescription pain medications and heroin can harm your baby.
National and state rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) attributed to opioids continue to rise, resulting in adverse health conditions among affected infants. In 2016, there were 685 babies diagnosed with NAS in New Jersey, a figure that has doubled since 2008. 

Prenatal exposure to prescription opioids and illicit drugs has the potential to cause a wide spectrum of physical, emotional and developmental problems for infants, but harm can be reduced if pregnant and new moms and their babies receive treatment as soon as possible.

Click a poster below to download.

Navigating the System
PerformCare, which is housed within New Jersey's Children System of Care, helps families access publicly funded services for youth up to age 21 with behavioral, emotional, intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or substance use challenges. 

Available in different languages including Spanish, this guide includes information about procedures, eligibility, privacy rights and more. To request a copy of the guide in braille or in large print, contact PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624. Or click HERE to download the guide from PerformCare's website.
Do You Need Help Navigating the System?
Are you a caregiver, individual or professional in need of help navigating the system? The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute can assist you. 
Central Jersey Sibshop

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On April 28th, The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute held its first regional sibshop. a Sibshop provides siblings of children with I/DD, the opportunity to share and connect with their peers. If you would like your child to attend our next sibshop event, register here
Road to Employment

Getting ready for your next IEP meeting? Download this sample IEP transition plan and goals for students interested in college and exploring careers.

Click the picture below to download.

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