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31.5. State Disability Resources

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund Program
Phone: (800) 335-3863
A financial assistance program for NJ families whose children have experienced an illness or condition which is not otherwise covered by insurance, State or Federal programs, or other sources, such as fundraising. Families are invited to call us

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Disability Rights New Jersey
(609) 292-9742
DRNJ provides: information and referral, technical assistance and training, individual and system advocacy, legal and non-legal advocacy, and outreach and education.

DiscoverAbility / NJ WorkAbility
Phone: (888) 285-3036
The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.

Division of Disability Services
Phone: (888) 285-3036
The Division of Disability Services administers programs that allow people with different types of disabilities to live more independently in the community and in many cases avoid the need to move into an institution. Offer a disability resource guide available in English and Spanish on their website

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Phone: (609) 292-5987
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is here to help individuals with disabilities that are having trouble finding or holding a job because of their disability. If you have a disability that is preventing you from working, or which is endangering your present employment, you may wish to submit a referral for services.

New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research
Phone: (609) 292-4055
The Commission was created to encourage and promote significant, original research projects in New Jersey through the funding of approved research projects at qualifying research institutions in the State. In addition, the Commission will establish and maintain, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, a central registry of all persons who sustain spinal cord injuries.

Personal Assistance Service Program - PASP
Phone: 888-285-3036
PASP provides routine, non-medical assistance to adults with disabilities who are employed, involved in community volunteer work, or attending school. Personal assistants help with tasks such as light house keeping, bathing, dressing, preparing meals, shopping, driving or using public transportation. The number of hours of help that a person receives depends on individual need -- up to 40 hours per week. This program differs from many other personal assistance services programs, in that the people with disabilities direct their own services.

Personal Preference Program
Toll Free: 1-888-285-3036, Option 2
Using a "Cash & Counseling" approach, along with the idea of "consumer direction," PPP allows elderly and disabled adult Medicaid recipients to direct and manage their own Medicaid PCA services. With a monthly cash allowance, participants - or "consumers" - work with a consultant to develop a Cash Management Plan (CMP). This plan helps them decide the services they need and the individuals and/or agencies they can hire to provide those services. The Personal Preference Program requires greater individual responsibility. But in return, it offers the consumers more control, flexibility and choice over the services they receive.

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