FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who Do I Contact if I Have a
Problem with Discrimination?
NJ Division on Civil Rights Department of Law & Public Safety
investigates and prosecutes disability related discrimination claims in
Phone: (609) 292-4605
Americans with Disabilities Act hotline can help with issues
concerning public and private accessibility. Hot Line: 1-800-514-0301
Fair Housing Act has an office that can assist in matters regarding
housing discrimination. Phone: 1-888-341-7781
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides information
regarding discrimination in the workplace. Phone: 1-800-669-4000
Where Do I Apply For a Parking Placard?
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) issues handicapped parking
privileges. You can obtain an
application for a permanent handicapped parking placard from the MVC.
Applications and filing instructions also are
available from the county Disability Services. Phone: (908)
Applications for temporary handicapped parking
placards are obtained through your
municipal police department.
Where Can I
Find Information About Services and Benefits for Individuals with
Social Security Administration - 1-800-772-1213
Social Security Disability - Benefits can be received at any age
if an individual has worked long enough and has a severe physical or
mental impairment that prevents or delays future employment or if a
medical condition is terminal.
Security Income (SSI) - Benefits for individuals 65 or older or
disabled who have low incomes and few resources. Children as well as
adults may qualify for SSI disability benefits and an individual does
not have to have worked to get SSI payments.
-Hospital and medical insurance that helps pay for doctorsí fees,
outpatient hospital visits and other medical services and supplies to
individuals who are 65 or older.
Somerset County Board of Social Services - (908) 526-8800
Medicaid assists in payment of medical services for individuals with
disabilities who meet income eligibility requirements.
Global Options (GO) -A special Medicaid Waiver program offering a variety of
services to help individuals with disabilities remain in or return to
the community rather than be cared for in a nursing facility.
Human Services - (908) 704-6346 -
Assistance Service Program (PASP) is
designed to support disabled individuals who continue to be active in
the community. For eligible candidates, a personal assistant will be
assigned to help with routine tasks such as cleaning, cooking, laundry,
and other general household chores.
New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development - (609)
Workers Compensation benefits are available if personal injury is
caused to an employee by an accident in the course of his employment.
Under the New
Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits Law,
Temporary Disability Insurance benefits may be obtained when an
individual cannot work because of sickness or injury not related to
Insurance provides temporary and partial wage replacement to
involuntarily unemployed workers who were recently employed.
Vocational Rehabilitation provides evaluation, vocational skills
training, counseling, job placement and post employment services to
individuals who are disabled and qualify for services.
Where Can I Find Housing and
Other Housing-Related Assistance?
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs offers information
Section 8 housing. Phone: (732) 255-0818
Information about affordable housing can be accessed through the
Central Jersey Housing Resource Center) at (908)
704-8901 and the
New Jersey Housing Affordability Service at (609) 292-9795.
Somerset County Board of Social Services offers rental assistance to
those who are eligible, as resources permit. If an individual is in an
extreme situation resulting in homelessness, the Board of Social
Emergency Response services to those who qualify. Phone:
Assistance to help pay for utilities may also be available to
individuals who qualify through the
New Jersey Weatherization & Home Energy Assistance Program
(1-800-510-3102) and the Family Financial Stabilization Programs
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen at (908) 722-1881.
How Can I Obtain a Listing of
Local Services and Organizations?
Somerset County Disability Services can send information or
literature regarding local and state services. Please contact our office
and leave your mailing address.
Division of Human Services
Office on Aging and Disability Services
27 Warren Street, Somerville NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 704-6346