Long-Term Services and Supports

Common Pitfalls

Thinking your disability means you cannot live in the community

Many people with disabilities live in their own places in the community with proper supports and services. If you are worried about living in the community and qualify for Medicaid, you may get Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) and a care manager as part of your benefits. Your care manager can help you figure out what services and supports you need and make sure you get those services in your home.

If you are currently in a nursing home, the I Choose Home NJ program can help you move into the community without losing your Medicaid benefits and the care you need.

Not knowing who helps pay for long-term care

The Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program pays for covered long-term care expenses for people enrolled in Medicaid and a Managed Care Organization (MCO), and who qualify for MLTSS services.

If you a veteran, you have access to long-term services and supports through programs offered by the VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCA).

Thinking you’ll lose your benefits if you move out of a long-term care facility

If you are in a long-term care facility and get Medicaid benefits, your benefits will “follow you” if you move into the community. You will still get your benefits and you will also get help figuring out what services and supports you will need to successfully make that move.

If you are a veteran and you get medical benefits through the VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCA), you qualify for programs that provide community-based home care and adult day health care.

If you have any questions about how you can get the services you need after moving out of a long-term care facility, talk to your care manager or to the social worker at your facility.

Thinking there are no resources that can help you find and keep a job

Finding a job can be hard, especially if you are trying to do it by yourself. Fortunately, there are excellent resources that can help you find a job that’s right for you and give you resources and coaching to help you keep your job.

The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) is an excellent place to start. DVRS can help you with your job search and with the application and interview process. DVRS also provides on-the-job coaching and help with reasonable accommodations, assistive technology, and much more.

New Jersey Career Services offers a job board, advice and information about how to plan and prepare for a job search, and other support. If you are a veteran looking to reenter the workforce, Career Services offers special services specifically for veterans, including first priority for job and training opportunities.

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