Advocacy & Support

  • Feb 06, 2022

NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD): The NJCDD provides a forum for public and private agencies serving individuals with disabilities to come together with consumers, family members, and advocates, to develop a coordinated social policy. The Council also funds projects to educate and inform decision-makers, legislators, and the public about developmental disabilities

NJCDD
Mary Roebling Building
20 West State Street, 6th Floor
PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700
Phone: 1-800-792-8858
Email: njcdd@njcdd.org
https://njcdd.org/

Regional Family Support Planning Councils (RFSPCs): RFSPCs are part of the NJCCD and provide a venue for parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities to exchange knowledge and information about available family support services. RFSPC members advise state agencies how they can best meet the needs of families and individuals with developmental disabilities. All 21 counties are represented by 10 regional councils. To find the council representing your county, visit: www.njcdd.org/the-regional-family-support-planning-councils/family-support-planning-councils

Ombudsman for Individuals With Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities And Their Families: The Ombudsman serves as the administration’s lead advocate and ally for New Jersey residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities of all ages and their families. The Ombudsman provides guidance and assistance for individuals and families who are having difficulty receiving the services they need. www.disabilityombudsman.nj.gov/

Paul Aronsohn, Ombudsman
PO Box 205
Trenton, NJ 08625
Email: Paul.Aronsohn@treas.nj.gov
Phone: (609) 984-7764
Christine Bakter, Associate Director
PO Box 205
Trenton, NJ 08625
Email: Christine.Bakter@treas.nj.gov
Phone: (609) 984-7764

Care2Caregivers Program: Peer-lead support program for those providing care for a family member or friend diagnosed with dementia. For information: 800-424-2494, www.care2caregivers.com

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN): The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. Free of charge. For information: (202) 454-3970, 855-227-3640 (toll free), www.caregiveraction.org.

Centers for Independent Living (CILs): CILs are community-based, consumer-driven organizations designed to support individuals with disabilities by providing a multitude of services based on individual needs, such as life skills training, advocacy, information and referral, peer counseling, socialization, and community-based activities. Membership is open to all people with disabilities, their able-bodied friends, and supporters. Following is a list of CILs:

  • Atlantic County
    Atlantic Center For Independent Living
    160 South Pitney Road
    Units 3 & 4
    Galloway, NJ 08205
    (609) 748-2253
    www.atlanticcil.org/index.html
  • Bergen County
    Heightened Independence & Progress (HIP)
    131 Main Street, Suite 120
    Hackensack, NJ 07601
    (201) 996-9100
    www.hipcil.org
  • Burlington County
    Resources For Independent Living (RIL)
    351 High Street, Suite 103
    Burlington City, NJ 08016
    (609) 747-7745
    www.rilnj.org
  • Camden County
    Center For Independent Living Of South Jersey, Inc. (CIL-SJ)
    1150 Delsea Drive, Suite 1 & 2
    Westville, NJ 08093
    (856) 853-6490
    www.cil-sj.com
  • Camden City
    Camden City Independent Living Center
    Virtua Camden
    1000 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 105
    Camden, NJ 08104
    (856) 966-0800
    www.camdenilc.org/
  • Cape May County
    Resources For Independent Living (RIL)
    351 High Street, Suite 103
    Burlington City, NJ 08016
    (609) 747-7745
    www.rilnj.org
  • Cumberland County
    Resources For Independent Living (RIL)
    351 High Street, Suite 103
    Burlington City, NJ 08016
    (609) 747-7745
    www.rilnj.org
  • Essex County
    DIAL, Inc.
    2 Prospect Village Plaza, 1st Floor
    Clifton, NJ 07013
    (973) 470-8090
    VRS: (973) 556-0226
    www.dial-cil.org
  • Gloucester County
    Center For Independent Living of South Jersey, Inc. (CIL-SJ)
    1150 Delsea Drive, Suite 1 & 2
    Westville, NJ 08093
    (856) 853-6490
    www.cil-sj.com
  • Hudson County
    Heightened Independence & Progress-Hudson
    35 Journal Square, Suite 703
    Jersey City, NJ 07306
    (201) 533-4407
    www.hipcil.org
  • Hunterdon County
    Progressive Center For Independent Living (PCIL)
    Hunterdon County Branch
    1220 Route 31 North Suite 14
    Lebanon, NJ 08833
    (908) 782-1055
    1-877-376-9174
    www.pcil.org
  • Mercer County
    Progressive Center For Independent Living (PCIL)
    Mercer County Branch
    3525 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 904
    Hamilton, NJ 08619
    (609) 581-4500
    www.pcil.org
  • Middlesex County
    Alliance Center For Independence
    629 Amboy Avenue,
    1st Floor, Suite 104
    Edison, NJ 08837
    (732) 738-4388
    www.adacil.org
  • Monmouth County
    MOCEANS Center For Independent Living
    565 Broadway, Suite 105
    Long Branch, NJ 07740
    (732) 571-4884
    www.moceanscil.org
  • Morris, Sussex & Warren Counties
    DAWN, Inc.
    66 Ford Road, Suite 121
    Denville, NJ 07834
    (973) 625-1940
    1-888-383-DAWN
    (1-888-383-3296)
    VRS: (973) 453-4689
    www.dawncil.org
  • Ocean County
    MOCEANS Center For Independent Living
    1027 Hooper Avenue, Building 6,
    3rd Floor
    Toms River, NJ 08753
    (732) 505-2310
    www.moceanscil.org
  • Passaic County
    DIAL, Inc.
    2 Prospect Village Plaza, First Floor
    Clifton, NJ 07013
    Toll Free: (866) 277-1733
    VRS: (973) 556-0226
    www.dial-cil.org
  • Salem County
    Resources For Independent Living (RIL)
    351 High Street, Suite 103
    Burlington City, NJ 08016
    (609) 747-7745
    www.rilnj.org
  • Somerset County
    Alliance Center For Independence
    629 Amboy Avenue,
    1st Floor, Suite 104
    Edison, NJ 08837
    (732) 738-4388
    www.adacil.org
  • Union County
    Alliance Center For Independence
    629 Amboy Avenue
    1st Floor, Suite 104
    Edison, NJ 08837
    (732) 738-4388
    www.adacil.org

The Collaborative for Citizen Directed Supports NJ Interactive Map – A non-profit organization sponsors an interactive virtual map indicating where Direct Support Providers and Self-Directed Employees enrolled with NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities are available for work so that people with developmental disabilities and their families can contact them directly for an immediate start date. People with developmental disabilities and their families in need of services can also post their request for support on The Map. https://www.thecollaborativenj.org/nj-interactive-map.html

SPAN Parent Advocacy Network: This nonprofit group provides education to families and professionals, family workshops, support groups and advocacy in the following areas: effective
parent involvement, child-care, general and special education, dropout and bullying prevention, child welfare, health care, mental health, youth leadership, transition to adult life, incarcerated youth, military family support, violence prevention and more.

35 Halsey Street, 4th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Toll free: 1-800-654-7726
www.spanadvocacy.org

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