The PASP is a non-medical personal assistance services program that converts PASP consumer hours to a cash grant. The cash grant is placed into an account which the consumer can utilize to purchase employee services as well as other types of services, assistive devices, durable medical equipment, etc. that assist in maintaining independent living.
The PASP allows consumers to receive up to 40 hours of service per week, enabling them to maintain their independence in the community. Personal assistants help with tasks such as light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, meal preparation, shopping, driving or using public transportation.
All PASP consumers must be between the ages of 18-70. They must have a permanent physical disability and must be a New Jersey Resident. All PASP applicants must pass an assessment upon enrollment that will classify them as either self-directing or not. There is no income cap for the program. Some individuals pay no fee for services while others pay a portion or a modest “co-pay” based on a sliding fee scale.
All PASP consumers must be actively employed or participating in educational learning, vocational training, or organized community volunteering. The philosophy of PASP revolves around the idea of supporting individuals who need the services to complete active participation within their community.
Americans with Disabilities Act: On July 1990 Civil Rights for disabled granted people with disabilities the right to be fully employed, actively participate in public service, receive public accommodations, and be provided with access to telecommunications. With these rights in mind, PASP has provided an avenue for people with permanent physical disabilities to receive their personal care services within a social model. Meaning they can supervise their own services without direct supervision or scripts provided by a doctor or registered nurse.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) houses the Division of Disability Services (DDS). DDS administers PASP through individual contracts with designated county agencies. Click here for a list of the agencies that administer PASP in each county.
The Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP) under the supervision of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services, is required by law to have a statewide PASP Consumer Advisory Council. The PASP Consumer Advisory Council provides a means for consumers to express opinions and views that will affect the quality of personal assistance services in New Jersey. The PASP Consumer Advisory Council is designed to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the program, and to make recommendations to improve the overall program statewide.