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Through our toll-free hotline, 1-888-285-3036, DDS connects callers with live, professionally certified, Community Resource Specialists specifically trained in disability services who inform and educate on services available statewide, screen for appropriate supports, and assist in navigating and connecting to programs and services based on individualized needs. 

In addition to providing live assistance over the phone, DDS' Information and Referral Services Team attends public events throughout the State to share information and answer questions; provides Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) enrollment assistance for children and young adults, 20 years old and under; provides screening and technical assistance for NJ WorkAbility; administers DDS' Institutional Diversion Assistance Fund (IDAF); and oversees the administration of NJ ABLE.  


DDS administers the following programs geared toward enhancing independence, flexibility, and choice among people with disabilities:


Disability Health and Wellness Initiatives
The Division collaborates with policy makers, health educators, public and private agencies, and experts in the field of health and wellness on projects and initiatives.  DDS aims to promote healthy living and prevention of secondary conditions for people with disabilities and create healthier, more inclusive communities through policy, systems and environmental changes. Current initiatives:

  • Promoting inclusive prevention and intervention efforts for sexual and domestic violence assault survivors with disabilities (STOP Violence Against Women Act)
  • Improving access to equitable, high quality, evidence-based services and supports for New Jerseyans with TBI
  • New Jersey Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN)

Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) Grant Program
The IHC Grant Program is an initiative designed to provide funding opportunities to communities and organizations in New Jersey to promote inclusive practices that support the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities in the communities where they live. Through the IHC Program, DDS seeks to advance practice, systems and environmental changes to enhance healthy community outcomes for people with disabilities.

Institutional Diversion Assistance Fund (IDAF) Pilot
DDS provides assistance to delay or eliminate the need for institutional care by purchasing one-time services, items or modifications with the overarching goals of enabling an individual to safely remain living in the community or promoting a safe discharge from an institutional living arrangement into a community setting.

NJ ABLE empowers qualified individuals with disabilities to save for disability-related expenses in tax advantaged savings accounts without losing eligibility for critical assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.  As the lead state agency for NJ ABLE, DDS provides information and technical assistance and presents on the topic throughout the state.


DDS serves as staff to the following mandated advisory councils:

NJ Advisory Council on Traumatic Brain Injury

Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP) Consumer Advisory Council 


DDS publishes the New Jersey Guide to Accessible Parking and New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources, our highly sought after resource directory, is a comprehensive guide outlining programs and services available to New Jersey residents, caregivers, and advocates. Publications are available in English and Spanish and in both print and digital formats. To request printed copies of our publications, email us at:  To access digital copies, use the links below: 

New Jersey Resources: English, Spanish and audio

New Jersey Guide to Accessible Parking (English) (Spanish)


Division of Disability Services
11A Quakerbridge Plaza, Mercerville NJ
(Mailing: PO Box 705 Trenton NJ 08625)

Telephone: 1-888-285-3036
Fax: 609-631-4365

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