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Update from New Jersey: Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS)

Update from New Jersey: Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS)

I think this Rutgers Center has significant potential to be a beacon of light for our community. Here is the ORIGINAL POST and the update below from Christopher Manente:


You are receiving this message in response to a previous inquiry that you have made about the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS). I am writing with an update on the progress and current status of the RCAAS program. The RCAAS is officially approved as a provider of the NJ DDD supports program!  The application for admissions to the RCAAS day program and detailed information about admission criteria and the application process will be accessible via our website at: http://rcaas.rutgers.edu at approximately 9am on Tuesday 2/21/2017.  Specifically, there will be a tab on the RCAAS homepage with the heading “admissions” that you will be able to click in order to access the application.  It is anticipated that the RCAAS will be accepting 2-3 participants to start the program in April 2017 and another 2-3 participants to start in June 2017 (4-6 total for 2017) via this round of applications.  

Please continue to check the RCAAS website (rcaas.rutgers.edu) and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherManente) where I will be posting any day to day updates regarding the center. I hope that you find this information helpful.  As always, please let me know if you have any further questions. 

Christopher J. Manente

Christopher J. Manente

Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA
Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Phone: 848-445-3973 

Update from Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services - Christopher J. Manente

Update from Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services - Christopher J. Manente

Mel Karmazian

Mel Karmazian

In November 2015, Rutgers University announced a significant donation to the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) by Mel Karmazin the former CEO of Viacom. The Karmazin Foundation is headed by Mel's daughter Dina Karmazian, and Dina's son was diagnosed with autism at age 2. On this Carousel 51 Blog, I typically focus on New York State issues in the Developmentally Disabled and Autism housing communities. However, Rutgers has the potential to be a national beacon for the Autism and DD population due to the second phase of the model that they announced:

"A second building nearby will accommodate 20 adults with ASD and 20 Rutgers graduate students living side by side. The apartment-style building will consist of one, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, each equipped with its own kitchen as well as dining, living and laundry rooms."

I have always felt that our population needs to find different ways of creating Public-Private Partnerships, and now the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services has hired Christopher J Manente as their new Executive Director. His introduction video is below:

Update:

I was able to speak with Christopher Manente and we share many thoughts and beliefs about the future of DD/Autism housing and communities. In addition, our friend Joseph Campagna of Special Needs Home Connect sent this very interesting HUD study on Public-Private Partnerships:

"Consequently, a new mindset that values cross-sectoral collaboration is providing an impetus to break down barriers and cross boundaries. The belief that more can be accomplished together is leading to smarter strategies and more effective practices that hold great promise as the cases documented here demonstrate."

ONLINE VERSION OF HUD SCALING SOLUTIONS REPORT