New Jersey Initiates DSP Wage Increases

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New Jersey Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature identified $32 million in additional state and federal funding to support higher wages for direct support professionals serving individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the Supports Program or Community Care Program under Fee-for-Service. The DSP wage increase FAQ's are live.  The Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities implemented this budget increase on October 1, 2018. 

 To accommodate the higher rates for direct support professionals, there will be a corresponding increase to all budgets for individuals enrolled in the Supports Program (SP) or Community Care Program (CCP) under Fee-for-Service. This additional funding will increase payments to Medicaid/DDD approved providers for the impacted services listed below, and provider agencies are required to utilize the higher payments for wage increases for direct support professionals.

 Impacted Services

  • Career Planning
  • Community Inclusion
  • Community-Based Supports
  • Day Habilitation
  • Individual Supports
  • Prevocational Training
  • Respite
  • Supported Employment (Group)
  • Supported Employment (Individual)

 FMI See the FY2019 Rate Increase Grid.