A Letter from Community Personnel Services, Inc. (CPS) about COVID-19
Please see this statement from CPS management dated March 13, 2020.
All ECLC students receive transition and supported-employment services through an affiliate, Community Personnel Services (CPS). This agency was founded in 1995 to help students find appropriate options for life after graduation and to help ECLC alumni enter the workforce.
Working with experienced CPS staff, students sample jobs prior to graduation with the goal of identifying the best match. CPS staff arranges tours of day programs for those students who may not be ready for employment.
CPS also helps clients navigate through the maze of government agencies to access aid and services and to locate funding sources for programs. CPS also has expanded to offer Support Coordination and is one of the few agencies allowed to approve individual plans without oversight from the state Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
Transition and employment services are provided to ECLC students as well as students from other districts and adults referred by state agencies, including DDD, the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) and the state. Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI). Learn more on the CPS website.
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Community Personnel Services, Inc. (CPS)
54 Fairmount Avenue
Chatham, N.J. 07928
Director Mary Griggs
Tel: (973-738-1030 x132)
Community Personnel Services
As graduation nears for ECLC students, a separate, non-profit, offshoot called Community Personnel Services, Inc., (CPS) offers critical transition services as well as job placements.
This supported employment agency was created by ECLC in 1995 to enrich the lives of all our students by helping them determine appropriate options for life after graduation, whether it’s employment, a day program or other alternative. CPS has grown from serving an initial graduating class of 30 ECLC students to currently serving 200+ clients.
Based on their skills, abilities and interests, students sample jobs prior to graduation with the goal of identifying the best match. For students who may not be ready for employment, the staff arranges tours of programs and assistance in locating funding sources for those programs. CPS also helps clients navigate through the maze of state and federal agencies to access aid and services.
These transition and employment services are provided to all ECLC students and also offered to students from other districts and adults referred by state agencies, including the N.J. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NJDVRS), N.J. Division of Developmental Disabilities (NJDDD) and the N.J. Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI). Learn more by visiting the CPS Website.
CPS Employer Earns State Recognition
One of CPS’s longtime partners was named “Employer of the Year” at the 2012 annual meeting of the New Jersey chapter of APSE. CPS nominated the Greater Morristown Area Y for this honor because of its commitment over the years, including employing two CPS clients and allowing students, who are working with CPS as they transition from school, to tour or job “sample” at the Y’s child care centers. In giving the award, Dan Baker of APSE’s Board said: “We are here to celebrate local heroes. Without employers like the Y, there would be no jobs for people with disabilities.” Read more.
CPS Earns CARF Accreditation
After a rigorous review process, Community Personnel Services (CPS) has, once again, renewed its three-year accreditation from CARF (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for services it provides to students and adults with developmental disabilities. The CARF International group of companies accredits more than 50,000 programs and services at 23,000 locations.
CARF professionals visited CPS and spent several days evaluating on some 1,000 areas of compliance in policies, procedures and practices. They also interviewed clients, employers and staff. CPS has received accreditation in the following areas: Transition Services, Transition Services for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Community Employment (Job Development and Employment Supports) for Adults, and Community Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.