TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Disability Services recently underscored the importance of county-based agencies that provide assistance for individuals with physical disabilities. In the state’s 18 other counties, there are 16 agencies that serve the residents to access the supports they may need to work, go to school, or volunteer in their community.
The Personal Care Assistance Program, also known as PASP, is funded by the State of New Jersey and helps New Jerseyans with physical disabilities work, attend school and volunteer in the community by providing assistance with tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, and transportation.
“PASP not only helps individuals with disabilities get the personal care services they need for their health and safety, but it also improves their ability to get on a better economic footing by supporting them in their careers and with their professional and educational goals,” Human Services Deputy Commissioner Elisa Neira said.
Participants who meet eligibility for the PASP receive a monthly budget based on their personal care needs, create an individualized plan to direct their own care, and choose who will provide their services. County coordinators help individuals enroll in the program and develop their service plan. The program assesses a copayment for services based on an individual’s income.
“The goal of the PASP program is to support individuals with physical disabilities to self-direct their own services so that they can remain active in their community,” said Division of Disability Services Executive Director Peri Nearon. “The PASP offers participants choice, flexibility, control and the opportunity to manage their own personal care assistance services.”
In Mercer County, services area available through the Mercer County Office for the Disabled located at the Joyce McDade Administration Building (PO BOX 8068) 640 South Broad Street in Trenton or by calling (609) 989-6459.
The full list county agencies is below, and to learn more about the program visit: nj.gov/humanservices/dds/services/pasp/