Home Modification and Repairs for Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for State Units on Aging: This report by the USC Fall Prevention Center of Excellence and ADvancing States reports on a national survey
STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION OF AGING SERVICES (State Unit on Aging)
State Units on Aging (SUAs) are designated state-level agencies that develop and administer state plans that advocate for and provide assistance, including home modifications or repairs, to older residents, their families, and adults with physical disabilities. SUAs administer funds, including Older Americans Act funds, which may be used to support home modification or repair services through local Area Agencies on Aging and other state and local entities. Program(s) with home modification or repairs include:
Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving
Program Description: This state-funded program provides in-home services to enable individuals who are at risk of placement in a nursing facility to remain in his or her community home. A plan of care is developed that may include environmental accessibility adaptations as a service.
Population Served: New Jersey residents age 60 and older who reside in a home that they rent or own, are nursing home eligible, and have no other alternate means available.
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES/DIVISION OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND HEALTH SERVICES
Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)
Program Description: MLTSS provides comprehensive services and supports to residents living at home, in an assisted living facility, in community residential services, or in a nursing home. It is administered through New Jersey Medicaid’s NJ FamilyCare managed care program which coordinates all services, including home modifications when applicable.
Population Served: Individuals age 21 and older can qualify by meeting established Medicaid requirements outlined on the MLTSS website.
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES/DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Community Care (CCP) Waiver
Program Description: Following a needs assessment, this Medicaid home and community-based services waiver program provides services that help individuals who live in a provider-managed setting, such as a group home or supervised apartment, to live as independently as possible. Services may include environmental modifications.
Population Served: Eligible individuals must meet the functional criteria of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, be reached on the CCP waiting list or at risk of homelessness, and meet specific Medicaid requirements.
NEW JERSEY STATE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ)
The State Assistive Technology Grant Program, funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, supports comprehensive, statewide programs in each state that improve the provision of assistive technology (often home modification-related) to individuals with disabilities of all ages.
NEW JERSEY STATE FALL PREVENTION COALITION
New Jersey Fall Prevention Workgroup
For an up to date list of all state fall prevention coalitions, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/resources/list-of-state-falls-prevention-coalitions/