People who get long-term services and supports in the community instead of in a nursing home are usually happier. That’s why the state of New Jersey has programs that help people with disabilities who have low income live and work in the community.

If you live in a nursing home or other facility and are thinking about living in your own place in the community, the I Choose Home NJ program can help you find services to make your move a success.

Some of those services are through the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program, which is for people who need long-term care. MLTSS is part of Medicaid and coordinated by Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). The goal of MLTSS is to help you live as independently as possible.

The services MLTSS offers include:

  • Personal care
  • Respite care
  • Care management
  • Home and vehicle modifications
  • Home delivered meals
  • Personal emergency response systems
  • Mental health and addiction services
  • Assisted living
  • Community residential services
  • Nursing home care

Other programs help people with disabilities who want to work. Medicaid's New Jersey WorkAbility program lets you earn money while getting Medicaid benefits. the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) helps with things like job training, job searches, interview practice, and finding reasonable accommodations.

Get Expert Help

For help with living in the community, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) office or call 1-877-222-3737.

For job counseling and career guidance, visit a New Jersey Career Connection site at a One-Stop Career Center or public library.