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DDD Support Coordination

JFS is a State approved Support Coordination Agency. JFS provides support coordination services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are qualified for services through the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Our Support Coordinators assist individuals and their designated support teams to understand their needs, learn about their ambitions, and create tailored plans that will lead to a meaningful life. Support Coordinators assist in accessing day programs, medical supports, employment services, social and educational opportunities. Support Coordinators monitor self-directed budgets to verify services are being delivered and billed accurately. Support Coordination strives to promote individual choice and community inclusiveness.

Once you are registered with DDD, our Support Coordinators will help you:

  • Evaluate the need for services including day programs, residential facilities, medical supports, supported employment services, vocational services, social and educational opportunities, and much more.
  • Promote individual choice and community inclusiveness.
  • Develop an Individualized Service Plan and Person-Centered Planning Tool that reflects strengths about each person, short and long-term goals, aspirations, and how best to support them.
  • Manage the budget used to purchase supports and services.


To select JFS of Clifton-Passaic as your Support Coordination site or to learn more about services, please contact us at 973-777-7638.

Ruthie Peikes Library

At JFS, we have a library and resource center for parents of children with special needs. These books, videos, and other sources of information are helpful to guide parents who may have questions, concerns, or want to better understand how to help their children.

To schedule a visit to the library please contact Suzanne Miller at 973-777-7638 x 135 or email

Respite Program – Project LEAH

Project LEAH provides in-home respite for children with disabilities. Volunteers are carefully matched with a child with special needs and then arranges to visit the child on a weekly basis. Training and supervision are provided for all volunteers.

To volunteer or learn more about this program, please contact Lauren Hlapern-Klarr 973-777-7638 x625.

Special Needs Advisory Council

A group of parents and professionals meeting to plan programs and share resource information


Sibshops are an exciting and informative monthly group, in collaboration with Ohel, that are held for brothers and sisters of children with special needs. During this 1.5-hour group,  siblings will receive peer support, play games, learn how to solve challenging situations they face with their siblings, and have fun!

For more information, please contact Lauren Halpern-Klarr at (973) 777-7638 or