Disability Resource

MetroWest ABLE

The NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities

The NJ Division of Disability Services

The NJ Commission of the Blind and Visually Impaired

The NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services

NJ Resources 2018

Disability-Related Information & Referral Hotlines

NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
For general information about Division Services: 1-609-292-5987

NJ Division of Disability Services (DDS)
For assistance navigating statewide disability-related supports and services: 1-888-285-3036

NJ Dept. of Human Services Long-Term Care Information Line

Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
For assistance navigating statewide caregiver and other services available for older NJ residents: 1-877-222-3737

NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
For accessing services for adults (ages 21and older) with intellectual/developmental disabilities: 1-800-832-9173

For accessing services for children and adolescents (up to age 21) with behavioral health challenges, emotional challenges, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities: 1-877-652-7624

NJ Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

NJ 2-1-1
There are three ways to contact this 24/7 call center to connect with services available in your local community:

Veteran Resources

Veteran’s Benefit Hotline

NJ Veterans Counseling Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255 (for Veteran’s Crisis Line, press 1)

Insurance/Medical Assistance Hotlines

NJ Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare

NJ Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare Fraud and Abuse Hotline

NJ Medicare Information Line
(State Health Insurance Assistance program, SHIP)

Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD)/Lifeline Program


Mental Health/Addictions Hotlines

NJ Hopeline—Suicide Prevention

NJ Disaster Mental Health Helpline

NJ Mental Health Cares

Addictions Access Center

NJ Addictions Hotline

NJ Connect for Recovery

Peer Recovery Warmline

ReachNJ—Addictions Helpline

NJ Council on Compulsive Gambling

New Jersey Poison Control

Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation Services


Child Abuse-State Central Registry

Health Care Facility Complaints

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Funded Living Arrangements

Domestic Violence

Adult Protective Services—For Adults Living in the Community
The role of Adult Protective Services (APS) is to investigate complaints of suspected abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of vulnerable adults aged 18 or older. A complaint to APS will generate a thorough assessment which will include a private, face-to-face interview with the potentially at-risk adult to determine if intervention is warranted. All information generated by the investigation is confidential. A report of suspected abuse may be made to the Division of Aging Services Information and Referral toll-free number at 1-800-792-8820 or to the APS office in the county in which the individual lives—the phone numbers are listed below.

Atlantic County: 1-609-645-7770
Bergen County: 1-201-368-4300
Burlington County: 1-609-518-4793
Camden County: 1-856-225-8178
Cape May County: 1-609-886-2784
Cumberland County: 1-856-825-0255
Essex County: 1-866-903-6287
Gloucester County: 1-856-256-2209
Hudson County: 1-201-537-5631
Hunterdon County: 1-908-788-1300
Mercer County: 1-609-989-4320 ext. 1641
Middlesex County: 1-732-745-3635
Monmouth County: 1-732-531-9191
Morris County: 1-973-326-7282
Ocean County: 1-732-349-1500
Passaic County: 1-973-881-2616
Salem County: 1-856-339-8622
Somerset County: 1-908-526-8800
Sussex County: 1-973-383-3600
Union County: 1-908-497-3902
Warren County: 1-908-475-6591

NJ Statewide Independent Living Council

The New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is a 17-member body appointed by the Governor which maximizes opportunities for people with disabilities through planning and advocacy.

NJ Centers for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living (many funded through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services) are community-based, consumer-driven organizations that provide peer counseling, skills training, advocacy, information and referral, and a variety of services based on individual needs. See listing of NJ Independent Living Centers below:

Alliance Center for Independence
(Middlesex, Somerset, Union Counties)
629 Amboy Avenue, 1st Floor, Suite 104
Edison, NJ 08837
Telephone: 1-732-738-4388

Atlantic Center for Independent Living
(Atlantic County)
4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 7
Galloway, NJ 08205
Telephone: 1-609-748-2253

Camden City Independent Living Center
(City of Camden)
Virtua Camden
1000 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 105
Camden, NJ 08104
Telephone: 1-856-966-0800

Center for Independent Living of South Jersey, Inc. (CIL-SJ)
(Camden and Gloucester Counties)
1150 Delsea Drive, Suites 1 & 2
Westville, NJ 08093
Telephone: 1-856-853-6490

Dawn, Inc.
(Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties)
66 Ford Road, Suite 121
Denville, NJ 07834
Telephone: 1-973-625-1940; 1-888-383-DAWN (1-888-383-3296)
VRS: 1-973-453-4689

Dial, Inc.
(Essex and Passaic Counties)
2 Prospect Village Plaza, First Floor
Clifton, NJ 07013
Telephone: 1-973-470-8090
VRS: 1-973-556-0226

Heightened Independence & Progress (HIP)
(Bergen County)
131 Main Street, Suite 120
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Telephone: 1201-996-9100

Heightened Independence & Progress—Hudson
(Hudson County)
35 Journal Square, Suite 703
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Telephone: 1-201-533-4407

Moceans Center for Independent Living
(Monmouth and Ocean County)
Monmouth County:
565 Broadway, Suite 105
Long Branch NJ 07740
Telephone: 1732-571-4884

Ocean County:
1027 Hooper Avenue, Building 6, 3rd Floor
Toms River, NJ 08753
Telephone: 1-732-505-2310

Progressive Center for Independent Living (PCIL)
(Hunterdon and Mercer Counties)
Mercer County:
3525 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 904
Hamilton NJ 08619
Telephone: 1-609-581-4500

Hunterdon County:
4 Walter E. Foran Blvd., Suite 410
Flemington, NJ 08822
Telephone: 1-908-782-1055; 1-877-376-9174

Resources for Independent Living (RIL)
(Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem Counties)
351 High Street, Suite 103
Burlington City, NJ 08016
Telephone: 1-609-747-7745

Glossary of Important Acronyms

ACLU—American Civil Liberties Union

ADA—Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD—Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADL—Activities of Daily Living

ADRC—Aging and Disability Resource Connection

AHCPR—Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

AIDS—Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

ALS—Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

APS—Adult Protective Services

BSS—Board of Social Services

CAP—Consumer Assistance Program

CBVI—Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NJ)

CCW—Community Care Waiver

CDCP—Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CHLP—Community Health Law Project

CIL—Center for Independent Living

CMS—Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CNA—Certified Nursing Assistant

COMHCO—Coalition of Mental Health Consumers Organizations

COSAC—Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community, Inc.

CP—Cerebral Palsy

CWA—County Welfare Agency

DD—Developmental Disability

DDD—Division of Developmental Disabilities (NJ)

DDS—Division of Disability Services (NJ)

DHS—Department of Human Services (NJ)

DH—Department of Health

DOJ—Department of Justice

DRNJ—Disability Rights New Jersey

DVRS—Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NJ)

DYFS—Division of Youth and Family Services

EEOC—Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (US)

FCC—Federal Communications Commission

ID—Intellectual Disability

HIPAA—Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIV—Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HMO—Health Maintenance Organization

HRFA—Health Resources and Services Administration (US)

HUD—Department of Housing and Urban Development (US)

IDEA—Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP—Individual Education Plan

IHP—Individual Habilitation Plan

JTPA—Job Training Partnership Act

LAD—Law Against Discrimination (NJ)

MCO—Managed Care Organization

MD—Muscular Dystrophy

MDA—Muscular Dystrophy Association

MS—Multiple Sclerosis

MLTSS—Managed Long Term Services and Supports

NAMI—National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NI—Neurologically Impaired

NICHCY—National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

NJCFSA—New Jersey Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association

NOS—Not Otherwise Specified

OCD—Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OIG—Office of the Inspector General (US)

OPRA—Open Public Records Act

OT—Occupational Therapy

PAAD—Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (NJ)

PAIMI—Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness

PAIR—Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights

PAP—Pharmaceutical Assistance Program

PASP—Personal Assistance Services Program

PASS—Social Security Administration Plan to Achieve Self-Support

PCA—Personal Care Attendant

PDD—Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PRO—Peer Review Organization

PT—Physical Therapy

PTSD—Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

RHHI—Regional Home Health Intermediary

REIC—Regional Early Intervention Collaborative

RSD—Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy

SCAHS—Special Child and Adult Health Services (NJ)

SCI—Spinal Cord Injury

SCORE—Service Core of Retired Executives

SHIP—State Health Insurance Program

SILC—Statewide Independent Living Council

SNAP—Supplemental Nutritional Program

SPAN—Statewide Parents Advocacy Network

SSA—Social Security Administration

SSDI—Social Security Disability Income

SSI—Supplemental Security Income

STS—Speech To Speech

TARP—Technology Assistive Resource Program

TBI—Traumatic Brain Injury

TDD—Telecommunications Device for the Deaf

TT—Text Telephone


UAP—University Affiliated Program

UCPA—United Cerebral Palsy Association

VA—Veterans’ Administration

VI—Visually Impaired

VP—Video Phone

WIC—Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children