Supports for Working in the Community

Working in the community is an option for people with disabilities and good supports and services can help make work a reality. Yet many people with disabilities think that they aren’t qualified to work and worry that if they work, they won’t get the support they need to succeed and will lose their health benefits, including long-term services and supports.

Work and Keep Your Benefits

Medicaid's New Jersey WorkAbility program lets you keep your Medicaid benefits while working. The income limit for NJ WorkAbility is much higher than for standard Medicaid, so you can work, earn more, have more resources, and still qualify for Medicaid health coverage.

To qualify for NJ WorkAbility, you must:

Note: The limits for income and resources are higher for couples where both people have disabilities and are working.

If you get NJ WorkAbility and your income is very low, you don't have to pay a monthly premium. If your income is higher, you may have to pay $25 per month.

Learn more about NJ WorkAbility in DB101’s How Health Benefits Work article.

Getting Back Into the Workforce

Services and supports can help people with disabilities work and earn money. The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) helps people with:

  • Vocational counseling and training
  • Job search, application, and interviewing skills
  • On-the-job coaching
  • Keeping a job
  • Job accommodations
  • Medical or psychological testing
  • Assistive technology evaluations
  • Equipment or therapies to improve physical or cognitive functioning
  • Individual, group, or other types of mental health counseling
  • Home and vehicle modifications for employment-related purposes
  • Financial needs assessments

Most of these services are free or the cost is based on how much you can afford. Any person who has a disability that is a substantial barrier to employment may qualify for DVRS services.

For career counseling and guidance, you can visit a One-Stop Career Center or participating New Jersey Public Library near you. The New Jersey Career Connections website can help you find local offices. The Career Connections Getting Started tool will ask you questions and give you step-by-step guidance on your path to finding a job.

Returning to community and work from a nursing home

The New Jersey Career Transitional Education Program (NJCTEP) is for people who have been living in nursing homes or other facilities and haven’t been working. NJCTEP offers laptops, online training, and additional help to get you ready to work. For more information about this program, call the Division of Disability Services (DDS) at 1-888-285-3036.

Veterans career services

New Jersey Career Connections offers services for veterans, including priority for all job and training opportunities. Veterans seeking work in local, state, or federal government may receive “veterans preference” when they apply. And veterans with a 30% or service-connected disability may qualify for the Federal Schedule A Hiring program. Veterans looking for work should visit the nearest Career Connections Site and ask a staff specialist for help.