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New Parent Group Listings

The START Project is excited to announce the New Parent Group Listings on the START website. Finding and connecting with special education parent groups in your region is now easy. Complete our web form to list your new parent group. Email the Parent Group Specialist for your region to request to update your group information. Please help us to promote our new Parent Group Listings release and share it with your networks.

 
 
Contact the START Project for assistance in starting and running a parent group. Email start@spannj.org or call 973-642-SPAN (ext. 123)

Welcome Our NEW Disproportionality Specialist

Join us in welcoming Michele Tyler, our new Disproportionality Specialist.  Michele will leads SPAN's newest program focused on empowering parents as partners and advocates in addressing the disproportionate representation of children of color in special education. Disproportionality refers to the “over-representation” or “under-representation” of a particular racial group in special education programs in comparison to other groups.

Prevent Bad Behavior in Schools. Don't Punish It!

The Council of State Governments Justice Center released a nationwide study yesterday entitled The School Discipline Consensus Report that suggests that school officials focus on improving the learning environment rather than spending so much time dwelling on how to react to bad behavior.  The study also shares a set of tools, which can be used to minimize reactive punishment and maximize preventing bad behavior before it happens.  Read more > > >

Source:  The Justice Center, Council of State Governments.  June 9, 2014

SPAN Perspectives

NJ Medicaid Waivers Transition to Managed Care Effective 7/1/14!

on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 20:53

NJ MEDICAID WAIVERS TRANSITION TO MANAGED CARE 7/1/14: MEDICAID MANAGED LONG TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS (MLTSS)

Families of children (and adults) with disabilities need to know that New Jersey’s Medicaid waivers are moving to managed care effective 7/1/14.  This factsheet will help explain the new process and how to address concerns.  Please note:  The Medicaid Community Care Waiver (CCW) is not changing.  Everyone who has been receiving services through the CCW will continue to receive those services.

What will change for individuals currently receiving services through these Medicaid

NJ Department of Education releases findings of NJ Student Health Survey!

on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:09
Want to know about student health in NJ?  The New Jersey Department of Education has released findings of our spring 2013 survey of public high school students called the New Jersey Student Health Survey.  They have introduced a new report format that will allow you to use sections as fact sheets.  The new format has also allowed the NJ DOE to present more information about trends.  Notice that the 2013 survey included questions about depression and suicide, which are not asked in every survey administration.

Oral Health is important for children with special needs!

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:10

The latest entry in the Family Voices Blog has been posted – Why Oral Health is Important for Children with Special Needs & How to Access It at http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/blog/.  In this post, Lauren Agoratus (SPAN of NJ) discusses the importance of good dental care; finding dental coverage under the ACA, Medicaid and more; what those who are uninsured can do; and tips for families partnering with oral health professionals.  We have also created a tip sheet based on this blog that you can customize for families in your state.

New Parent Group Listings

The START Project is excited to announce the New Parent Group Listings on the START website. Finding and connecting with special education parent groups in your region is now easy. Complete our web form to list your new parent group. Email the Parent Group Specialist for your region to request to update your group information. Please help us to promote our new Parent Group Listings release and share it with your networks.

 
 
Contact the START Project for assistance in starting and running a parent group. Email start@spannj.org or call 973-642-SPAN (ext. 123)

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