The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has been providing and funding services for state residents with developmental disabilities since 1959. These supports and services are provided by more than 280 agencies in communities throughout the state, or in seven residential developmental centers that are administered by DDD. Since the division was created, the system that serves individuals with developmental disabilities has changed and grown significantly. Today, nearly 25,000 adults are eligible to receive services funded by the division. Most DDD-eligible individuals live in the community, either with family or in a community residence such as a group home or supervised apartment or in a Community Care Residence with a family caregiver. Some conditions that might be considered a developmental disability include: intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, spina bifida, and certain neurological impairments.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first comprehensive agency dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of children, youth, families and communities. Their vision is to ensure a better today and even a greater tomorrow for every individual they serve. Created in July 2006, they are the first Cabinet-level department devoted exclusively to serving and safeguarding the most vulnerable children and families of our state. Since that time, the agency has evolved to be more inclusive of the voice of the individuals it was established to serve.