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New Jersey Register Ready

Register Ready

It’s always a good time to think about Register Ready, New Jersey’s voluntary special needs registry for disasters that allows residents with disabilities or access and functional needs – along with their families, friends, caregivers and associates – to provide information to emergency response agencies so they can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. The information is confidential and will not be available to the public. It will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.

Visit NJ Register Ready Website below:

Our New Journey Families Need Your Support

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 14 years we have advised more than 2300 families and continue to receive new referrals weekly.

Through various fundraising efforts and private donations, we have helped 120 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.

Donations are tax deductible 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 551-666-7581 or through e-mail:

Peer Support Call Connection

Can’t get out to socialize like you used to? Join our Peer Support Call Connection program. A friendly Our New Journey caller will reach out to connect with you on an ongoing basis. Please contact us at or 551-666-7581.

Covid-19 Vaccines For People Who Are Homebound

The NJ Department of Health has begun accepting requests for in-home COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment by completing a form at:

For assistance completing the survey by phone, please call the NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545. 

After you submit the completed form, the Department of Health will share information with a home health agency, local health department, or other vaccination providers and you will be contacted to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment.

You can read more about the program at this website:

NBC’s David Ushery highlights the ways Our New Journey helps those in need

Covid 19 Relief Funding

Our New Journey is a project under the umbrella of services offered through Heightened Independence and Progress (hip). Hip is a center for independent living offering help to people with disabilities who live in Bergen and Hudson Counties.?

Hip has funding for Covid-19 related relief. Do you need PPE or cleaning supplies? Is Covid-19 causing you to experience food insecurity? If you are taking advantage of telemedicine, could you benefit from a blood pressure monitor or other assistive devices? Are you now struggling to pay your rent after losing you job due to Covid-19 closings? Is there any technology that would help you to feel less isolated as you spend so much time at home.

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes” call hip. If you live in Bergen County, please call Maria at 201-996-9100 x 18. Hudson County residents should call Alex at 201-533-4407. If you live in another New Jersey County call 201-996-9100 and ask them for information about who to contact in your area.

For more information about hip follow them on Facebook or visit their website

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 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 or call her at (551)666-7581. 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:



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


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


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.


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.

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