New Jersey provides individuals that have a disability with access to a number of programs. Assistance and benefits are also offered for their families as well as caretakers. Many of the programs for the disabled are focused on their needs. Individuals can also apply for other, more standard low income programs that may be administered by non-profits, charities, or government resources.
For information or to apply for help, there are several organizations in New Jersey that offer resources. While the Department of Human Services may be the lead organization, they also work in close partnership with other state agencies, advocacy groups, local counties, and non-profits.
The groups all work to provide housing, food, health care, and a significant amount of other support to ensure the needs and rights of people with disabilities are met. Other assistance can include community living, local mental health programs, employment and job training, in-patient care for adults and children with emotional and behavioral problems, and assistive technology devices. Staff can direct individuals and families to quality programs and benefits for their needs.
Financial assistance for medical needs and existing bills is provided by the New Jersey Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF). This program will offer cash grants and financial assistance for previously incurred medical expenses. While income limits need to be met by applicants, some of the types of bills that could be paid include, but are not limited to, acute or specialized in- or out-patient hospital care, special ambulatory care, transportation, medical equipment, vehicle or home modifications such as wheelchair lifts or ramps, and home health care needs. Call 1-800-335-3863 for information.
The New Jersey Department of Human Services is also heavily involved in answering questions and directing people to applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Note that that this program is run by the Federal Social Security Administration. This can provide cash compensation and benefits to those who are blind or disabled, persons age 65 years and older, and others.
Those who apply and are approved can receive so called maintenance (or cash) payments from social security. Other supportive services, including emergency financial assistance and payment for burial expenses, may be offered from county welfare agencies. Information on affordable and safe housing for the disabled is also available. For income and other qualified individuals, a state of New Jersey supplement is provided in order to increase the income available to them.
Help is offered to those applying for disability. Work First NJ (WFNJ) recipients who are disabled and meet other conditions (such as maybe being eligible for SSDI benefits) may receive free legal help and advice. The Division of Family Development partners with the non-profit Legal Services of New Jersey, or LSNJ, to assist recipients. They can, among other things, get help in applying and filing for SSI benefits or appealing a denial of benefits. Learn more by dialing 1-877-576-5774.
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired can help residents that are blind, visually impaired or at risk of becoming losing their vision. The program they run, known as CBVI, provides and coordinates preventive, rehabilitative and assistive service. Patients can receive eye health screenings, referrals to specialists, and educational and vocational rehabilitation. All assistance is offered at no cost to those with this disability. There may even be group activities such as an annual sleep-away camping for children who are blind or impaired. 877-685-8878
DDHH, or the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, provides referrals and information for people who are deaf, on the verge of it and/or hard of hearing. New Jersey can help individuals obtain devices (such as hearing aids) and access services that may be required to help them better communicate and participate in daily life. The department works to provide advocacy, education and direct services to eliminate barriers to the hard of hearing. Almost 900,000 residents may qualify for support from DDHH as they are considered either deaf or hard of hearing. Main number is 800-792-8339.
The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) offers services and benefits for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, spina bifida, or other neurological impairments. The state will provide them with counseling, respite care for family members, and referrals to specialists and other community resources. This Division operates from centers around the state and they even provide access to group homes, apartments, and other supported living programs. Family and respite care is offered for those with an intellectual disability as well. Main number is 1-800-832-9173.
Referrals and information on benefits, government programs, and other aid is provided by the Division of Disability Services (phone 1-888-285-3036). Learn about nutritional programs, free food, medications, rent assistance and housing programs, and more. They offer free information and referral services to people with disabilities. Family members or care givers can also access these services.
Among other things, the Division is responsible for overseeing federally funded Medicaid home-and community-based waiver programs. They can direct individuals to financial assistance programs such as heating bill assistance / LIHEAP, food stamps, or home delivered meals. All of this, and more, was created to help people with disabilities live independently. It can help New Jersey residents who have become disabled as adults, whether through injury or illness. Call the division at 1-888-285-3036.
Health care is provided from the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, or DMAHS. The main program they run is the New Jersey Care 2000+ program. The state will help enroll Medicaid-eligible aged, blind or disabled residents into insurance plans and programs, including local Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). This will provide the disabled individual with more affordable medical and dental care. 1-888-285-3036.
In addition, DMAHS also runs the state of New Jersey and federal government funded Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs. This is an option for certain groups of low- to moderate- income adults and children.
NJ FamilyCare is the state’s Medicaid type program for uninsured children who come from more moderate income families. It can assist those whose family income is too high for them to qualify for the so called standard Medicaid plans. In general, NJ FamilyCare and also Medicaid is a form of health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependent children, people who are aged, blind or disabled, and pregnant women. It can pay for medical bills including doctor visits, hospital services, prescription drugs, nursing home care and other medical or denial needs. Main number is 1-800-356-1561.
Division of Mental Health Services provides residents with access to community-based supports. Some examples of this includes counseling, case management, emergency screening and residential and day program services. If and when needed, in-patient care may be offered at local hospitals for the disabled with a mental illness. Services will help people find treatment; work; socialize; and live a fulfilling life. 1-800-382-6717.
New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Division of Child Behavioral Health Services
50 East State Street, 4th floor, P.O. Box 717
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone - (609) 292-4741
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ Division of Aging and Community Services
P. O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
Toll-free in NJ (800) 367-6543
While most of the resources available are focused on seniors, some other support can be provided as well. A couple examples include Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, or CDSMP. This can help people with chronic conditions, disabilities, and/or their caregivers overcome daily challenges. Another option is Take Control of Your Health, which can provide residents with chronic conditions and their caregivers skills to take a more active role in their overall health care. Other support is for those with diabetes, New Jersey residents in a nursing home, vulnerable adults, and disease management.
Health and Senior Services’ Family Health Services, Special Child Health Services
Toll-free in NJ: 1-800-367-6543
The Early Intervention System is for children under the age of 3 that have developmental delays or disabilities. Another program available is Case Management, which provides assistance and benefits to children of all ages who have complex medical conditions such as autism, phenylketonuria (PKU), cleft lip/palate, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, or HIV and AIDS. New Jersey works with families to assist them in the care for children with complex, long-term medical and developmental disabilities.
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 110
Trenton, NJ 08625
Offers employment services to the disabled. This includes job seeking skills, vocational counseling and guidance; placement services, and maybe transportation. Clients can also access various supported employment, which provides support during the job search, interview, and even the application process. Get help and guidance up through the start of employment. The state will provide other benefits as well, such as follow up, time limited placement and coaching. Training is also available, including skills and college training.
Residents with a disability can get equipment and tools they need, such as the provision of items needed to facilitate employment, mobility equipment and vehicle and home modifications.
The Arc of Camden
215 West White Horse Pike
Telephone number (856) 767-3650
Autism Society of Southwest New Jersey
10 Shadow Oak Court
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Primary phone - (856) 722-8518
Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, Inc.
825 Georges Road, Second Floor
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Concordia Learning Center at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind
Address is 761 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Department of Human Services’ Division of Addiction Services (DAS)
Main address is 120 South Stockton Street, 3rd floor
Trenton, NJ 08611
Dial (609) 292-5760
Heightened Independence & Progress (HIP Hudson-Satellite)
Location of office 26 Journal Square, Suite 602
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Dial (201) 533-4407
Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey
P.O. Box 492
Towaco, NJ 07082
Telephone - (973) 265-4303
National Multiple Sclerosis Society New Jersey Metro Chapter
1 Kalisa Way, Suite 205
Paramus, NJ 07652
New Jersey Association of the Deaf-Blind, Inc.
24K World’s Fair Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873
New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities
Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, 6th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Toll-free (800) 792-8858
New Jersey Department of Education
Mailing address is P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
Call (609) 292-4469
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services - This statewide organization has different departments that focus on a variety of needs. The primary contact information is below.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Special Needs Advisory Panel
P. O. Box 7068
Trenton, NJ 08628
Call (609) 584-5000 ext. 5117
New Jersey Department of Human Services - As indicated below, this organization focuses on the disabled that may be deaf or have developmental conditions. A number of benefits are offered.
New Jersey Foundation for Aging
176 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Dial (609) 421-0206 for intake.
New Jersey’s School for the Deaf
Mailing address is P.O. 535
Trenton, NJ 08625
Newark Paralyzed Veterans of America Regional Office
20 Washington Place, Room 433
Newark, NJ 07102
United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County
Bayonne, NJ 07002
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
335 George Street, Suite 3500, P.O. Box 2688
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Main phone number is (732) 235-9300
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