Understanding paid DDD budgets
New Jesey Comprehensive Assessment Tool
In order to plan for support services, it is necessary to gather information and determine the needs of the individual. The NJCAT assesses individuals' competencies and determines relative need for service. The assessment tool is designed to assess individuals with developmental disabilities in the areas of cognition, communication, self-care and mobility.
Services are based on assisting individuals and families to create outcomes through a Person-Centered thinking model called the Person-Centered Planning Tool (PCPT). This is a strength-based tool used to guide the person-centered planning process and to assist in the development of an individual’s service plan (ISP). This tool helps individuals and their families to go beyond the identification of available services and allows them to focus on what is important to them.
Individual budget is determined by the NJCATs. Once a level of need is determined, the information is used to develop a budget. On the norm an individual with the lowest competencies spends the most support time and has the highest need for services.