Our Support Coordination Team has allowed us to expand our services and help more people in need.
The Support Coordination program began in September of 2013, and we received our first referral in November of that year. This program assists people in Sussex County who are eligible for services through the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
"It is amazing to see how our Support Coordination Program has flourished throughout the last 5 years. In Sussex County alone, there are so many people in need of services and we are proud to help them along their journey. Suppport Coordination Supervisor, Kris Bulas has been leading this enthusiastic team since day one and we are grateful for her hard work and guidance. We look forward to continued growth and expansion," said Scott Milliken, DPD Executive Director.
There are currently over 100 active participants. DPD recently welcomed Faycal Koussoube to the DPD Support Coordination Team and is in the process of interviewing for a new Support Coordinator. The new hire will bring the team to 5 and will allow us to serve more people in need.
Too often, when a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities graduates from school, they or their parent/guardian may not know where to turn next. DPD's Support Coordinators help individuals plan their lives and achieve their goals.
A person's Support Coordinator is their link to services available in the community. The coordinator will assist each person to define their hopes and dreams and develop an Individualized Service Plan (NJISP). They will be in regular contact with each participant to monitor the quality and delivery of services.
Tiffany is one of the people who we have helped through our Support Coordination Program.
"Tiffany has advocated for herself tremendously over the last year. She has overcome so many obstacles and increased her independence. During the last year she went from living in her Aunt's house with constant assistance and supervision to moving into an independent living situation. During this time of transition, she also left her program in Flanders and began volunteering with the SCARC Eickmann Explorer's. Change and transition is difficult for anyone, but Tiffany persevered and displayed determination and independence. The Support Coordination Team is proud to be part of this transition," said Stacey Kerstner, DPD Support Coordinator.
DPD looks forward to helping more people like Tiffany in the future. For more information about DPD's Support Coordination program please call 973-935-0887 or visit www.dpd.org/support.