Emergency Psychiatric Services Available for New Jersey Residents During Emergency COVID-19 Lockdown

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Covid19This week, New Jersey extended an important part of the way we provide services for people with disabilities.  During the COVID-19 emergency, New Jersey residents with psychiatric diagnosis will not need Prior Authorizations to participate in Community Support Services.  Community Support Services were rolled out in New Jersey in 2015, and the goal of the program is to enable individuals with psychiatric services to live in, and participate in their community.  New Jersey has recognized that people living with psychiatric diagnoses are likely to have difficulty accessing care.  The CSS program is designed to help people with psychiatric diagnosis by assisting them “with” developing the skills necessary to advocate for themselves and access services.

New Jersey’s decision to waive prior authorizations is really important.  It means that when a provider believes an individual needs assistance, they do not need to go through DMAHS’s five step process- services can be provided immediately.  If you have a family member who is in need of Community Support Services, contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.  Please ask us about our video conferencing consultations if you are unable to come to our office.

Written by Nicole C. Tomlin, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright

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