NJ's Aging & Disability Resource Connection Now Available in Sussex County
(Newton, NJ) Sussex County's efforts to ensure seniors and adults with disabilities have information and easy access to community-based services reached a milestone on May 25, 2012, when an enhanced service delivery system known as the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) became operational in Sussex County.
Traditionally, services for senior citizens have been administered separately from those for persons with disabilities, even though these groups share many of the same needs and face many of the same barriers to care. Now the Sussex County Division of Senior Services will be open to individuals who are 18 and older and have a disability. The ADRC provides consumers with improved access to community programs such as meals-on-wheels, personal care, housekeeping, specialized transportation, assisted living and nursing home care. It also connects seniors and adults with disabilities with work and volunteer opportunities, insurance programs, financial supportive services, health promotion and disease prevention programs, housing, crisis intervention, and other home and community programs.
Services available at the Sussex County ADRC include outreach and educational activities to ensure individuals know about the array of long term services and supports available to delay or eliminate the need for institutional care. Using computerized tools specifically designed for the ADRC, county staff screens individuals regardless of income to determine their level of need and potential financial eligibility for government-funded services. Staff also conducts an enhanced intake survey that allows for counseling at all stages in the process and quickly identifies individuals in need of immediate interventions to maintain their independence.
For more information regarding the ADRC, contact the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555 ext. 1221, by fax at 973-579-0550, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.