Regional Family Support Planning Councils
Who are the Regional Family Support Planning Councils?
The Regional Family Support Planning Councils (RFSPCs) were created in accordance with the Family Support Act of 1993. They consist of family members who care for and/or support their loved ones with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The mission of the RFSPCs is “to empower and energize families to advocate for a lasting family-centered support system and community living for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.”
What are the main roles of the Regional Family Support Planning Councils? What do they do?
The main role of the RFSPCs is to be the voice of fellow families in their regions. Therefore, RFSPCs collect data, monitor and evaluate the system, work with other advocacy groups, and make recommendations to the State of New Jersey. Specifically, each region hosts public forums/providers fairs at least annually. Members meet on a regular basis, usually once a month.
Can I attend a local meeting? How can I find my Regional Family Support Planning Council?
Yes, local meetings are open to the public and all families are welcome to attend. There are 10 regions throughout the State of New Jersey:
Council #1: Sussex, Warren, Morris
Council #2: Bergen, Hudson, Passaic
Council #3: Somerset, Union
Council #4: Essex
Council #5: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer
Council #6: Monmouth, Ocean
Council #7: Burlington, Camden
Council #8: Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester
Council #9: Atlantic
Council #10: Cape May
Their contact information and local meeting schedule can be found here. Families are strongly encouraged to contact their local council via email as meeting locations and dates are subject to change.
|Eligibility||By law, you must be a family member of a person with an intellectual/developmental disability. Also, RFSPC members should be willing to: - Make a commitment to attend all local and statewide meetings - Organize public forums/providers fairs in their region - Deliver the voice of families to local and state officials, legislators and stakeholders to improve the service delivery system|
Last Updated: 03/01/18