New Jersey Launches
New COVID-19 Information Hub

Click here for the latest on health and information around the state
https://covid19.nj.gov/

Effective March 17, 2020,
Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

** Online Services Remain Available **

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  However, we are still able to provide critical services. 

Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov.  Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.  We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Announce COVID-19 Actions and Waivers:
Click here to read the full list of actions and details by CMS

The following points and actions below are some of steps by CMS:
Flexibility and Relief for State Medicaid Agencies
Waivers & Flexibilities for Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities
Provider Enrollment Flexibilities
Suspension of Enforcement Activities

DDD GUIDANCE:
DAY PROGRAM CLOSURES & DISCONTINUED
COMMUNITY OUTINGS RELATED TO COVID-19

Dear Individuals, Families and Stakeholders:

The highest priority of the Division of Developmental Disabilities is the health and safety of the individuals we serve. Early information on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) suggests that older adults and people with chronic or underlying health conditions have a heightened risk of getting very sick if they become infected. An important step to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to eliminate large groups of people congregating together.

For this reason, DDD is calling for immediate actions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). No later than Tuesday, March 17, all Division-funded, facility-based day services have been directed to close until advised otherwise.

Additionally, the Division has directed that community outings facilitated by providers that are not for the health or safety of an individual should be discontinued immediately. The immediate health and safety of the individuals we serve are our top priority, and we are committed to working with our individuals, their families, and provider community to identify the best available solutions to keep individuals safe.

We recognize that this guidance will raise immediate questions about service delivery and reimbursement. The Division will provide additional details over the weekend, but we wanted to get this message to you all as quickly as possible. This is an evolving situation, we will stay in touch often, and we encourage stakeholders to monitor state and national public health websites for the most up-to-date information and guidance.

President Signs $8.3 Billion Emergency Funding Package

On March 6, President Donald Trump signed an $8.3 billion emergency funding package focused on treating and preventing the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The legislation will help advance vaccine development, increase state and local health budgets, and bolster research and equipment stockpiles. On March 14, the House also passed the First Families Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). This legislation was negotiated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and passed the House with bi-partisan support and the approval of the President. The bill would provide funding for paid emergency leave, establish free coronavirus testing, support state unemployment programs, expand food assistance for vulnerable children and families, protect frontline health workers, and increase federal Medicaid funding to states. The impact of these packages would be wide ranging, but according to medical researchers there are certain segments of the population that remain at higher risk and are therefore in most need of services. One of those groups is the 550,000 people currently homeless across the United States.