NJABA Workgroups

ADULT SERVICES

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MISSION

The NJABA Adult Services Workgroup is dedicated to promoting the professional practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in adult services and increasing both private and public capacity to provide high-quality, evidence-based behavior analytic services to all.

We provide support to current and prospective behavior analysts and strive to be a resource to third-party payers and government entities with the following:

  • Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) – fee-for-service implementation and billing
  • DDD Support Coordination Agencies and Coordinators – collaboration on Behavioral Support Services
  • Required trainings
  • State policies that facilitate and hinder service delivery
  • Expanding opportunities and resources for adults in need of ABA services

Leadership Committee

Darren Blough, MSW, BCaBA, Chair

Vanessa Bethea, M.A., BCBA, Secretary

June McKim, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, FAQ Coordinator

2020 Meetings

Video-conferencing is available for all meetings. The link is sent to workgroup members a few days prior to each meeting.

Meetings occur from 10am-12pm at Autism New Jersey, 500 Horizon Drive, Suite 530, Robbinsville, NJ (5 minutes from NJ Turnpike Exit 7A) unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday January 29, 2020 at 10am
    • Autism New Jersey
  • Wednesday March 11, 2020 10am
    • Autism New Jersey
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 at 10am
    • video conference only
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1pm
    • video conference only
  • Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 10am
    • video conference only
  • Wednesday September 23, 2020 at 10am
    • Autism New Jersey​
  • Wednesday December 9, 2020 at 10am
    • Autism New Jersey

Please RSVP to the workgroup chair.

Interested, but unsure if you’d like to officially join? Come to a meeting to learn more and network with colleagues. All are welcome! For general inquiries, email info@njaba.org or 609-910-0394.

Great ASWG meeting on 1/16/19!

FAQ

+ - Are there any tools being used that could help prepare agencies on how to safely reintegrate individuals into the community at large once state restrictions are lifted?

New resources are getting updated and are becoming available that give providers guidance on how to safely return to community settings after the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, including the Pennsylvania DHS Individual Transition Guide.

+ - Where can I obtain information about publicly funded services for adults with developmental disabilities?

State-funded services for adults with developmental disabilities age 21 years and older are administered by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities.

+ - I’m a behavior analyst, and I would to become credentialed by DDD to work with adults. What steps do I need to take?

+ - What kind of assessments should I use to develop programming for adults with ASD?

As a general rule, parents and practitioners should use assessments to identify skills that are of practical relevance and promote independence. Some useful assessment tools include:

Autism Speaks Community-Based Skills Assessment

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales II

+ - Where can I learn more about the history and current landscape of adult services?

Gerhardt, P. F., & Lainer, I. (2011). Addressing the needs of adolescents and adults with autism: A crisis on the horizon. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 41(1), 37-45. 

Henninger, N. A., & Taylor, J. L. (2013). Outcomes in adults with autism spectrum disorders: A historical perspective. Autism, 17(1), 103-116.

+ - What is Support Coordination?

Support Coordination (SC) is a DDD-funded service that assists individuals in gaining access to needed program and State plan services, as well as needed medical, social, educational and other services.  All individuals who are eligible for and wish to access DDD-funded services must either select or be assigned to a Support Coordination Agency (SCA).

The Support Coordination Agency assigns a Support Coordinator to work with the individual and his/her family to ensure completion of the Person-Centered Planning Tool (PCPT) and to develop the Individualized Service Plan (ISP).  See Choosing a Support Coordination Agency for guidance on selecting a support coordinator.

+ - How do I develop an Individualized Service Plan?

In collaboration with the Support Coordinator, the Individualized Service Plan is developed by the individual and an interdisciplinary team (IDT). The IDT consists of the individual, his or her parent(s) or guardian(s), and a team of professionals that may include a social worker, doctor/nurse, DSP, nutritionist, psychologist/psychiatrist, QIDP, OT/PT, teacher, residential representative, day program representative, vocational representative or job coach. The individual should be interviewed and evaluated on job experience, educational background, employment skills, potential, need for supportive services and interests should be evaluated. Activities, supports, and resources required to achieve the individual’s personal goals are detailed in the document. The ISP and contract should be reviewed by the individual and the representative at least every six months.

+ - I have concerns about the ethical practices in a group home where an adult with ASD lives. What can I do about it?

If you suspect abuse or neglect, review Unusual Incident Reporting forms and instructions.

+ - What are some resources for programming for adults with ASD?

Danya International, Inc., Organization for Autism Research & Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. (2006). Life journey through autism: A guide for transition to adulthood. Arlington, VA: Organization for Autism Research, Inc.

Luiselli, J. K. (Ed.) (2011). Teaching and behavior support for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder: A practitioner’s guide. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wehman, P. (2011). Essentials of transition planning. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Wehman, P., Smith, M. D., & Schall, C. (2009). Autism and the transition to adulthood. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.