What is the New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool?
- DDD will be assessing each individual who is 21 years and older and eligible for DDD-funded services through a questionnaire called the New Jersey Comprehensive Assessment Tool (NJ CAT).
- This application tool will help determine an individual’s needs, by identifying the areas in which a person needs support and assistance.
- It will also help determine an individualized budget to be used for the “purchase” of needed services.
Why is the assessment necessary?
- Assesses whether the individual meets eligibility for DDD services.
- Assesses individual competencies and assists in determining who needs more support so that those with like needs receive a similar level of support.
- Promotes fairness and equity in regards to allocation of resources.
What does the NJ CAT consist of?
- The NJ CAT consist of 2 parts:
- Functional Criteria Assessment (FCA) – assesses whether a person meets eligibility criteria for DDD services.
- Developmental Disabilities Resource Tool (DDRT) – assesses service and support need levels of the individual.
Who completes the assessment?
- Respondent should be the person who knows the individual best (guardian, family member or residential staff).
- The assessment will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete and all question must be answered.
- Important Note: Once you submit the assessment, you cannot go back and make changes.
How do I complete the NJ CAT assessment?
- The assessment is usually completed online; however the assessment can be done over the phone.
- A letter along with a link to the assessment will be mailed and/or emailed to all participants.
- If you do not receive access to the assessment by mail or e-mail, contact your county DDD office. All county office numbers are located on the Department of Human Services website: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/staff/cso/
- Once the assessment is complete there is nothing that you need to do until you are contacted via mail with your determination of eligibility.
What are the main areas assessed?
- Cognitive Abilities
- Self-care and independent living skills
- Verbal communication
- Mobility and physical capabilities
- Social-Emotional functioning
- Special behaviors
- Medical issues
- Other areas included: demographics, caregiver characteristics, adaptive aids, employment.
What will the results of the NJ CAT assessment indicate?
- The individual’s results will be assigned into a tier based on their assessed level of need.
- The tier assignment will impact:
- The rate that providers are reimbursed for the provision of Individual Supports in a licensed setting.
- The rate that providers are reimbursed for provision of Day Habilitation services
- The individual’s budget amounts.
Last Modified on March 8, 2021