The Division of Aging Services (DoAS) administers a number of federal and state-funded programs that make it easier for older adults to live in the community as long as possible with independence, dignity and choice.

Access to some of these programs is through NJ Save, an online application to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses. Visit the NJSave webpage for more information including application instructions and a video tutorial.

DoAS receives federal funding through the Older Americans Act and serves as the focal point for planning services for older adults, developing comprehensive information about New Jersey’s older adult population and its needs, and maintaining information about services available throughout the state. 

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is designated by the U.S. Administration for Community Living as New Jersey’s State Unit Aging (SUA), with DoAS serving as the administrative agency. DoAS provides oversight of the home and community-based programs provided by or through New Jersey’s 21 county offices on aging known as the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)/Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC).

State funding, both from the general fund and the Casino Revenue Fund, supports programs and services specific to New Jersey or expands service availability and reach beyond federal funding limits. These include Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving, Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP), Statewide Respite Care Program, Alzheimer’s Adult Day Services Program, weekend home delivered meals, the Lifeline Utility Assistance program, Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled, and two state prescription assistance programs:  Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled and the Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program.

DoAS conducts clinical eligibility and quality assurance for Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). In addition, DoAS also investigates allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation through our Adult Protective Services Program and is home to the Office of the Public Guardian.

Information about the programs is also available through our program guide and various toll-free hotlines.

Division Budget: $305 million
Deputy Commissioner: Kaylee McGuire
Assistant Commissioner: Louise Rush
Division Staff: Approximately 300

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