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Division of Developmental Disabilities

New Jersey is an Employment First state. The Employment First initiative presumes that people with disabilities can and should work; creates an expectation that people with disabilities, like everyone else, will have to "opt out" of employment rather than "opt in"; and provides a fundamental change in philosophy, policy and resources related to employment of people with disabilities.

New Jersey's System of Employment Services
Employment Services in the DDD Fee-for-Service System

In the fee-for-service system, adults age 21 and older seeking DDD-funded services, including employment services, must be enrolled on one of two Medicaid waiver programs: the Supports Program or the Community Care Program. Employment services available include:

  • Career Planning
  • Prevocational Training
  • Supported Employment (individual and small group)
Non-Fee-for-Service Employment Services

For individuals not yet enrolled or transitioned into fee-for-service, employment services are governed by the following: 

The Standards for Supported Employment Services Manual, 2007 establishes standards for the provision of supported employment services to people with developmental disabilities (replacing the July, 2002 Supported Employment and Day Program Manual). In addition to the provisions outlined in the 2007 Manual, Division-contracted Supported Employment Service Providers will follow the provisions set forth in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Administrative Code 12:51-8.



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