Our New Journey Gives Help & Hope

It is hard to believe that it has been eleven years since Anne Ciavaglia McMahon partnered with hip to launch Our New Journey. Focused on helping one family at a time, this service gives help and hope to families faced with the onset of illness or disability.

Since inception, Our New Journey has helped more than 1,200 families and receives new referrals weekly. Each family gains access to available services that are designed to address their individual needs. Our New Journey assists those dealing with the complicated maze of insurance benefits, physical care needs, personal transitions, home modifications and location of available public services, all of which can be a full time job in itself. Caregiver or consumer, either way, it is overwhelming.

Our New Journey‘s most compelling aspects are responding to the shared daily challenges each caregiver encounters, as well as the program’s ability to make a difference through practical guidance or by providing limited financial help for direct care services.

Through various fundraising efforts and private donations, Our New Journey helps families with limited financial support for homecare or personal needs, ultimately allowing them to live in their community of choice.

In order for Our New Journey to continue to build and to provide help, increasing resources through donations or various types of volunteer support is necessary. Please visit ournewjourney.org and refer to the About Us section which highlights the program’s mission.

Please share this information with anyone you feel could benefit from this service. If you need additional information about this truly unique service, please email Founder Anne Ciavaglia McMahon at anne@ournewjourney.org. or call her at 201-288-2867. She’d love to hear from you!

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) refers to the delivery of long-term services and supports through New Jersey Medicaid‘s NJ FamilyCare managed care program. MLTSS is designed to expand home and community-based services, promote community inclusion and ensure quality and efficiency.

MLTSS uses NJ FamilyCare managed care organizations (also known as HMOs or health plans) to coordinate ALL services. Currently, NJ FamilyCare members have their acute and primary health care services and their home and community based services coordinated by different care management agencies. MLTSS provides comprehensive services and supports, whether at home, in an assisted living facility, in community residential services, or in a nursing home.

Participants previously enrolled in one of the following Medicaid Waiver programs were automatically enrolled in MLTSS effective July 1, 2014

  • AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP)
  • Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver (TBI)
  • Global Options for Long Term Care (GO)

 

Managed Care Organizations (MCO)

Unlike the previously administered Medicaid Waivers, which were coordinated by independently contracted care management agencies, MLTSS uses a managed care approach. At this time, NJ contracts with these five MCOs to administer NJ FamilyCare, including MLTSS:

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR MLTSS

The MLTSS application process will vary depending on whether or not an individual already has NJ FamilyCare.

INDIVIDUALS WHO CURRENTLY HAVE MEDICAID:

Regardless of age, all individuals who currently have Medicaid
must contact their assigned MCO to initiate an assessment for MLTSS
eligibility.

INDIVIDUALS WHO CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE MEDICAID:

Adults (21 years of age and older):
Contact your County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or
your County Welfare Agency (Board of Social Services) to initiate an
assessment for MLTSS eligibility.

     Children (20 years of age and younger):
     Contact the Division of Disability Services at 1-888-285-3036 and follow
the prompts to speak with an Information and Referral (I&R) Specialist to
initiate an assessment for MLTSS eligibility determination.

MORE INFORMATION

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Summary

MLTSS Resources for Consumers, Providers, and Stakeholders

NJ FamilyCare Aged, Blind, and Disabled Programs (ABD) Financial Application

Statewide Respite Care Program

The NJ Statewide Respite Care Program has been operational since April of 1988. This program provides respite care services for elderly and functionally impaired persons age 18 and older to relieve their unpaid caregivers of stress arising from the responsibility of providing daily care. A secondary goal of the program is to provide the support necessary to help families avoid making nursing home placement of their relatives. Services available under the Statewide Respite Care Program include:

  • Companions
  • Homemaker/home health aides (on an hourly or overnight basis)
  • Medical or social adult day care
  • Temporary care in licensed medical facilities
  • Camperships
  • Private duty nursing service
  • Caregiver-Directed option

To reach the Statewide Respite Care Program in your county, call the Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) toll-free at 1-877-222-3737.

Families of Our New Journey Need Your Help!

 

Greetings Friends!

We at Our New Journey are very proud of our success in helping caregivers since our inception in 2007. With success, comes a greater demand from families in need of temporary financial support.

Our New Journey’s most compelling aspects are responding to the shared daily challenges each caregiver encounters, offering practical guidance and providing limited financial help. Over the past 11 years we have advised more than 1800 families and continue to receive new referrals weekly.

Through various fundraising efforts and private donations, we have helped 95 families pay for homecare, unreimbursed medical expenses and life sustaining personal supports. Ultimately, this has allowed individuals to live in their community of choice.

Proudly, approximately 94% of funds raised are used to finance care assistance to Our New Journey families. As we continue to build Our New Journey, we need to increase our resources. For every $16.00 donated, Our New Journey can provide one hour of homecare; for every $190.00 donated, an overnight respite service can be given. Whether you are new to our unique organization, or a long time supporter we and the families we serve would greatly appreciate any financial support we receive.

All donations are tax deductable and should be made payable to Our New Journey and sent to our home office at 180 Oldfield Ave, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604. If you require additional information, please feel free to contact us at 201-288-2867 or through e-mail: anne@ournewjourney.org.

All the Best,

Anne Ciavaglia McMahon

Anne Ciavaglia McMahon, Founder

Our New Journey

 

Accessing Help & Hope

Established in 2007, Our New Journey provides support to families impacted by the challenges of illness or disability.  Services are provided by individuals who have first-hand experience as caregivers, as well as by those whom receive care.

Dedicated to working with one family at a time, this personalized service assists family caregivers of elderly and disabled adults through:

  •  Providing Limited Financial Support For Direct Care Services
  • Individual Guidance Directed Towards Understanding Personal Needs
  • Help with Locating Available Services
  • Caregiver Peer-to-Peer Support

Our New Journey is a free service, supported by individual donors and various fundraising activities.  For more information contact Our New Journey - (201) 288-2867 or email anne@ournewjourney.org

 

Our New Journey Founder Anne Ciavaglia McMahon

Anne Ciavaglia McMahon is a lifelong resident of Hasbrouck Heights. In 1976 Anne graduated from HHHS, followed by attending Ramapo College of New Jersey where she earned a degree in Social Work. On October 11, 2008, Anne joyfully celebrated her unity of marriage to Brendan McMahon of Carlstadt.

Anne was born with Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She is the youngest sister of Bob and Anthony, parented by Rose and Ralph Ciavaglia. Rose and Ralph, who positively influenced all they encountered, not only provided a full and productive life for their children, but pioneered a world of independence, opportunity and hope for people with disabilities and their families.Dedicated to serving the community, Anne served as a Board of Education Trustee to the Bergen County Special Services School District for nine years, is a lifetime volunteer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, member of the Hasbrouck Heights Community Access for All Committee and a former Board of Trustee member of Heightened Independence and Progress.

Professionally, Anne Ciavaglia McMahon enjoyed a 27 year career in the field of human services. Serving in high level administrative positions in government, private and the non-profit sector, Ms. Ciavaglia McMahon directed the delivery of services for the elderly, people with disabilities and caregivers.

In 1999 Anne was appointed Director of the Bergen County Division of Senior Services. As Director, she provided leadership to her staff of over 25 people who were dedicated to the development and implementation of numerous programs and services supplied to older adults and caregivers within Bergen County. Anne fervently maintained a working relationship with state and local agencies and organizations. She offered her expertise and knowledge to promote local, state and national improvements, systemic change and the expansion and delivery of innovative programs.

Anne began her tenure with the County of Bergen in 1981 as an Information and Referral Specialist. Within two years, she was promoted to the position of Director of the Division on Disability Services. In 1990, Anne left the public sector where her career centered on the independent living movement for people with disabilities in her position as Executive Director of Dial, Inc.

Prior to her employment with the Division of Senior Services, Ms. Ciavaglia McMahon was appointed to the Commissioner’s staff in 1993 as a Policy Advisor for the New Jersey Department of Labor. Anne advised the Commissioner on all employment-related issues for people with disabilities to ensure that equal access of services provided through the Department were implemented at the local level. Anne then worked as the Certification Administrator for the ADA Unit at NJ Transit. She was responsible for the development of a statewide system to screen potential passengers to be eligible for the Access Link Paratransit System.

In April 2007, Anne chose to retire due to health issues that were limiting her desired level of productivity. Without hesitation, she began to explore ways in which she could utilize her personal and professional experiences. Effective immediately, in conjunction with Heightened Independence and Progress, she launched Our New Journey, a unique project to support people with disabilities and their families.

As a volunteer, Anne dedicates each day from her home to meet Our New Journey’s mission: To give hope and help to families impacted by the onset of illness or disability. It is a free service, supported by individual donors and various fundraising activities. For more information or questions contact Ms. Ciavaglia McMahon by emailing anne@ournewjourney.org.