About

How We’re Different

As one of the “Original 3” Support Coordination Agencies in New Jersey we…

  • have been providing support in partnership with people with disabilities and their families since 2007.
  • are authorized by the Division of Developmental Disabilities to approve the Individual Service Plans (ISPs) we develop in partnership with you and your team.  This is because we have proven our capability and ability to write effective ISPs through our talented and capable team of Support Coordinators.
  • are conflict free in that we do not provide any other service in NJ beyond Support Coordination. 
  • support youth and young adults with the transition process from youth to adult services. We host the NJ Youth Transition Conference that focuses on the services offered to youth ages 14-21+, their families & caregivers and the professionals who serve them. For more information, visit www.njyouthtransition.life.

We believe…

  • No matter what the service, the person has authority and control over their planning process, where and with whom they live and what they choose to do for their career and other aspects of their lives.
  • Everyone is respected as the expert of their own life, and the owner of their own experiences.
  • Everyone has the right to control the course of their lives, and direct their own services to live the life they want with the support they need.
  • Everyone has the right to own their own communication and to be supported in accessing and using technology that enables this.
  • Everyone who is part of our organization is valued for who they are and all they bring to our community.

Our values and beliefs underpin everything we do:

Adapting with you to live your life, your way

Respecting you and your choices

Dedicated to you and your ambitions

Kind to you without exception

Transforming services with you

Open minded to you

Accountable to you and yours

Resources

Below are links with resources to help you live your best life and advocate for yourself and others. Some of these links also provide information on best practices and system innovations for the disability service field:

Blogs/Writing/Speaking by Self-Advocates


Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network

AWN is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization with a mission to provide community, support and resources for Autistic women, girls, transfeminine and transmasculine nonbinary and genderqueer people, trans people of all genders, Two Spirit people, and all others of marginalized genders.

Listen2Us: DJ Saverese & Jaime Burke

DJ Savarese: A 2017-2019 Open Society Foundations/ Human Rights Initiative Youth Fellow, DJ has been working to make literacy-based education, communication, and self-determined, inclusive lives a reality for all nonspeaking people through artful advocacy, community-based projects, presentations, trainings, and teaching.

Jaime Burke: A national and global presenter and trainer since his mid-teens, Jamie advocates for full inclusion and typed communication as gateways to speech, literacy, and connection and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Lucky Hollow Nature and Sensory Retreat in Fabius, New York.

Lydia X.Z. Brown

Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer. Their work focuses on addressing state and interpersonal violence targeting disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, faith, language, and nation.

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu (she/they) is an educator, writer, public speaker, parent, and global advocate. A proactive, resourceful professional and disabled woman of color in a multicultural, neurodiverse, serodifferent family, Morénike, who is American-born to immigrant parents, possesses undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Relations and Education.

Crushing Colonialism: Disability Futures: The Power and Presence of Indigenous Disabled Stories (panel)

Jen Deerinwater (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is the founding executive director of Crushing Colonialism and is a bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-disabled journalist, speaker, and organizer who covers the myriad of issues her communities face with an intersectional lens.

Aaron Westendorp: What Self-Advocacy Means to Me (audio recording)

​​Aaron Westendorp is a Musician, Online DJ Show Host, and a Self-Advocate in Hopkins, Minnesota, who uses a communication device.

About

Our Leadership Team

Alycia Rollins, Director of Quality Systems

Christina Rappisi, Director of Supports Coordination

David Cooper, Director of Quality Assurance & Improvement

Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Executive Director

Rachel Milano-Davis, Director of Culture & Talent

Paul Saulino, Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors:

  • Jody Alessandrine
  • Pat Carver
  • Jerry Sorkin
  • Lonnie Sublett

About

Mission

Partnering with people with disabilities to design and live their best lives

Vision

People with disabilities are accepted and welcomed in their communities, for all they are, and all they bring.

How We Got Started

Marian Frattarola-Saulino and Paul Saulino created Values Into Action in 2005 as an alternative to the traditional system of supports for people with disabilities. They formed the organization at their kitchen table, alongside a group of peers who shared their dedication to creating a new way to deliver supports in such a way that people with disabilities have the power to control their own lives.   

Marian is a social worker, and Paul is a finance professional, and they met while working for a traditional disability service provider. While with that provider, Paul and Marian led efforts to significantly transform its approach and practices. However, they were not able to move the organization’s leadership away from providing programs in group homes and settings that segregated people with disabilities from their communities.  

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Because of this experience, Paul and Marian set off on their own to design and deliver services and supports under the direction of the people accepting their support and their allies.  Along the way, they were able to work for training and technical assistance companies where they had the opportunity to assist with the start-up of microboards (a formalized circle of support), and to act in the role of community practitioner by implementing the service of Supports Brokering, which helps people to direct their services. 

Both were, and remain committed to being responsible allies in the disability justice movement. Values Into Action was born from this dedication to changing the future of services and supports.


How We Adapt to Meet Your Expectations

Values Into Action continues to play a forward role in the expansion of self-directed services and the Participant Directed Services (PDS) model through active partnership with self-advocates and system partners. This includes Temple University Institute on Disabilities to facilitate and lead the PA Supports Broker Network, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to facilitate the Transition Planning Training Series, co-founding the Collaborative for Citizen Directed Supports- New Jersey, The Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports nationwide, and ongoing advocacy and educational efforts at national and international conferences and National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities’ Leadership Institutes.

Now supporting over 800 people, and employing over 120 people, the Values Into Action network in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has evolved to become a vibrant community of people with shared values who appreciate, respect, and welcome each other for all they are and all they bring.

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Work with Us

Are you looking to put your skills to work to advance our mission? Check out our job board to find opportunities to work with Values Into Action.

Our Culture

At Values Into Action, we believe that a positive and productive organizational culture is key to our mutual success. As someone seeking employment with us, know that:

  • Everyone has a voice in making things happen, and we approach every situation as a team. 
  • We provide flexibility within the work schedule to ensure everyone can be the best at their job, including valuing employees’ mental health and support needs.
  • We strive to be a community where everyone feels included and valued, and where their contributions are needed for the organization’s success.
  • We provide feedback and seek feedback often, to ensure there is transparency on goals/expectations.
  • We are accountable to one another and have a responsibility to each other, and the people accepting our services, to proactively engage in identifying problems and solutions before or as they arise.
  • We share in a moral commitment to ensure a diverse workforce where everyone can be their full selves. 

As a disability rights organization we…

  • Are dedicated to social justice and human rights in all its forms.
  • Are committed to fostering an organizational culture that is inclusive of people with respect to their race, color, disability, ethnicity, religious creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, marital status or other personal characteristics. 
  • Welcome and strive to retain and advance individuals from diverse backgrounds who share our values.

Support Coordination

The Support Coordinator (SC) introduces you to the person-centered planning process, assists you with accessing services and supports, and is responsible for providing information about the range of services and supports available both in advance of, and during, the planning meeting. They are then responsible for guiding you to locate the services and supports from among reputable community resources and qualified DDD service providers.  Then, they are to monitor those services to ensure they are helping you to realize your aspirations and meet your needs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide you with information and support to understand the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) service system and guide you through the person-centered planning process; 
  • Use person-centered planning tools to help you determine your desired outcomes and draft an Individual Service Plan that reflects who you are and what you want;  
  • Provide you with information on your right to self direct some or all of your DDD services, and offer information on the resources available to help you direct your own services;
  • Help you become familiar with all relevant community resources as well as services and supports available in your neighborhood, town or city; 
  • Help you to learn about and connect with qualified providers to help you achieve your desired outcomes;
  • Ensure that the Individual Service Plan addresses your health and safety issues, including all assurances that are required by Medicaid; 
  • Work with you to utilize your budget effectively; 
  • Monitor for the quality of services and supports;

Schedule a Consultation

  1. Have questions? Use this contact form.
  2. Not sure how to get started and need some guidance? Schedule a virtual meeting with a Values into Action team member.
  3. Ready to get started with us for Supports Coordination?Click here to access the Supports Coordination Selection form.

Donate

Values Into Action-New Jersey and Values Into Action-Pennsylvania are charitable non-profits organizations with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. Please consider us for your donations. The services we offer are provided exclusively in one’s own home so the costs of that housing, such as rent, utilities, furniture and other items necessary to live a good life are not covered with one’s Medicaid funding. This means people with disabilities are often forced to choose between living in a facility, such as a group home, instead of their own home, and often this choice is  forced due to financial reasons.

Please contact Maryann Marigliano at info@viapa.org  for more information. Thank you for considering an investment in people’s lives instead of programs and buildings.

Contact Us

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Choose Us for Your Services

We would love for you to choose us to be your Supports Coordination Agency. Let us know how we can help by filling out the form on the link below.

Work With Us

Are you looking to make a difference in your community and have a rewarding career?  Use our Job Board to find opportunities with us.

What Is Support Coordination?

Support Coordination is a service that ensures your aspirations, hopes and preferences as well as your support needs are translated into an Individual Service Plan. This plan will enable you to find and use the services, supports and resources you need to live the life you want.

The Support Coordination service also serves to monitor the quality of those services, supports and resources so that you are making the best use of your public funding, and you are getting what you want and need from the resources and supports.

Who We Support

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and /or autism registered with the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) living in communities throughout the state:  We offer services statewide!

With an emphasis on encouraging the use of Self Direction, we acknowledge that each person accepting support with us has the ultimate authority over their planning, and the services and supports they choose to use.