People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

One of our missions at Alternatives, Inc. is to provide comprehensive services to
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Click below to learn more about each service.

Supervised Living at Alternatives

Alternatives, Inc. offers individualized services, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, in group homes and supervised apartment settings, to meet each person’s residential and support needs. Services are designed to maximize an individual’s potential as driven by the Individual Service Plan. Outcomes are measured to ensure a high quality of service. 

Supervised living is provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. 

Individuals eligible for our Supervised Living Services are:

Woman smiling in a group home kitchen. Alternatives Inc

Please send program referrals, including an ISP, PCPT, BSP
and any additional pertinent medical/behavioral information to
[email protected]org.

What Sets Us Apart

Alternatives offers an interdisciplinary, person-centered approach, including the use of a thorough assessment of individual strengths and needs, prior to the creation of the service plan.

  • The agency is approved to serve a high level of behavioral and medical need, and we employ Registered Nurses to coordinate medical care, offer specialized staff training and provide advocacy for clients.  Alternatives also employs Board Certified Behavior Analysts, who provide and supervise behavior analytic programs and specialize in reducing challenging behaviors by teaching new skills.
  • Leadership is comprised of professionals with decades of experience in the field and within the agency.
  • Alternatives is licensed and an approved Medicaid provider.
  • The agency has received exemplary independent financial audits for well over 20 years.
  • Technology is integrated into all services provided.
  • Alternatives is an approved vendor for social security representative payee services.
  • The agency is an exemplary provider of services for individuals who are dually diagnosed with both intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness.
  •  Alternatives’ Recreation Coordinator assists each program to create unique and engaging activities to meet the interests and abilities of the individual clients, and the program as a whole. 
  • Alternatives offers a 24/7 on-call system, with several tiers of support, including Directors and Associate Vice-Presidents, ready to assist clients and staff.

Day Program at Alternatives

The Abilities in Motion (A.I.M.) Day Programs provide structured activities and opportunities for growth for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Clients work on life skills and social skills in a small group setting, with a maximum capacity of 25. ​Services are designed to maximize an individual’s potential, are driven by the individual’s service plan, and aim to build new skills and interests. ​Activities are individualized and include arts and crafts, low impact exercise and community outings, such as trips to the local YMCA, retailers, movies and restaurants.  Activities of daily living, including social and money management skills, are practiced regularly.  ​Technology is integrated into individualized service plans and daily programming.​ Behavioral services are available to those who require additional supports.  A.I.M.’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Transportation is provided, as needed, within a 10 to 15-mile radius, depending on AIM location, and is contingent upon the configuration of the program’s current route. 

Alternatives’ opened its first Day Program, located in Raritan (Somerset County) in 2014, and is excited to announce expansion at this location, as well as the opening of an additional day program in Toms River (Ocean County), this winter.

Adult man enjoying making a craft at a day program. Alternatives Inc.

Individuals eligible for our Day Program Services are:

Please send day program referrals, including an ISP, PCPT, BSP and any additional pertinent medical/behavioral information to [email protected]

“The program has supported my daughter to be an active member of the community by teaching daily living skills and by volunteering. It is a very nice and positive program.”

What Sets Us Apart

Services are designed to maximize an individual’s potential and are driven by the individual’s service plan.

  • Supports are based on individualized needs and aim to build new skills and interests.
  • Community-based activities include, but are not limited to, trips to local retailers, movies, restaurants, local gyms and seasonal outdoor events.
  • Technology is integrated into service plans and daily programming.
  • Activities of daily living (ADLs), including social skills and money management, are practiced regularly.
  • Behavioral support is available to those who require additional assistance during day program hours.
  • Outcomes are measured to ensure the highest quality of services.

Support Coordination at Alternatives

Support Coordination is provided to individuals who are eligible for services through the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Our Support Coordinators use person-centered planning to assist individuals and their families to develop and implement Individualized Service Plans. We provide information that enables thoughtful choices about the supports and services that are accessible through a personalized budget.

Individuals eligible for our Support Coordination Services are:

Mother and daughter hugging. Alternatives Inc.

Support Coordination services are offered in Morris, Sussex and Union Counties. For questions about our Support Coordination Services, contact [email protected].

What Sets Us Apart

Alternatives has been providing services to individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities since 1979, when people were first moving from institutional living to the community.

  • Person-centered planning is a pillar of the agency’s philosophy. 
  • Alternatives was approved as a Support Coordination provider in 2013, when New Jersey was preparing for the transition to fee-for-service and began the expansion of Support Coordination Services.
  • Alternatives was authorized to approve its own service plans as of March 2015, and with extensive automation at every level of the agency, Alternatives is able to expedite the delivery of services. 
  • Our Support Coordination Department has more than 30 years of combined experience, including first-hand experience in the services aspect of the field. Our staff training exceeds state requirements. 
  • By limiting our Support Coordination services to three counties (Morris, Sussex and Union), Alternatives was able to build a strong rapport with providers in those counties, and our staff is highly knowledgeable about the resources within our designated service areas. 
  • Our responsive Support Coordinators offer flexible schedules to meet your busy lifestyle. Alternatives has a 24/7 on-call system, with several tiers of support, including Directors and Associate Vice-Presidents, ready to assist clients, families and staff.
  • Alternatives has implemented a two-tiered review system, whereby two supervisors review the Individual Service Plan (ISP), as well as all Monthly Monitoring, prior to approval. 
  • We conduct internal, quarterly Self Audits to ensure that we follow through on commitments to clients, families, and guardians. 
  • Alternatives’ Quality Assurance and Corporate Compliance Department measures client satisfaction annually, and we work to improve the delivery of Support Coordination services as a result.
  • Alternatives has been an active participant in the development and maintenance of Support Coordination services in New Jersey by:
      • Chairing the Support Coordination Constituency Group of the New Jersey Association for Community Providers (NJACP)
      • Being invited to participate in the development of the state’s Support Coordination Orientation Manual 
      • Participating in Support Coordination Leadership Forum Meetings within the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Vacancies

Current Group Home Vacancies at Alternatives, Inc.

As of December 2022

This is a 2 story duplex. We are seeking one male to complement the needs, interests and personalities of the other men in the home. This home is a good fit for someone with ADL and supervision needs, with limited or no behavioral issues. Second floor bedroom.

This is a two-story home in Somerset County seeking two males or two females to complement the needs, interests and personalities of the two men who will live downstairs. This will become available in January or February, 2023.

This is a two story co-ed home in Somerset County seeking one male/female to complement the needs, interests and personalities of the others who will reside here. The vacant bedroom is on the first floor and is accessible. This will become available in February, 2023.

This is a ranch style home in Hunterdon County, seeking one female to complement the needs, interests and personalities of the other women in the home. This is a good fit for someone who enjoys being active in the community as well as being at home in a family-feel environment.

This is a ranch style home in Ocean County, seeking two males to complement the needs, interests and personalities of the other men in the home. This home is a good fit for someone with ADL and supervision needs, with limited/no behavioral issues.