1. What is the PASP Program?

The PASP offers consumers choice, flexibility, control and the opportunity to manage their personal care services through the receipt of a cash allowance. Consumers, with the assistance of the PASP County Consultant, are required to develop and use a cash management plan (CMP) that is designed to meet their personal needs. 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.

2. How does my employee get paid and how often do they receive paychecks?

Your employee fills out a bi-weekly time sheet for services rendered. The timesheet must be signed by the employee and the consumer and then mailed to the Fiscal Intermediary. It is the responsibility of the consumer to make sure their hours are correct. The Fiscal Intermediary will mail the paycheck(s) to the consumer who will give them to the employee(s). If you contract with an agency for services, the agency will be paid by the Fiscal Intermediary following your approval of the agency bill.

3. What can my employees do for me?

Your employee can help you with personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands, shopping, correspondence, and transportation.

4. How many employees can I have?

Technically, you can have as many employees as you like. You can select as many as you need to be your “main assistants.”

5. If I hire someone I don’t know, can I get a background check performed on them?

Yes, the consumer can request a variety of background checks on potential employees. The fiscal intermediary will provide you with information on the various background checks that are available and assist you in the effort. The nominal costs associated with these checks will be part of your CMP and will come from your cash allowance.

6. What is the difference between hiring my own employees or using an agency?

The differences are that in hiring a person on your own, you may realize a cost savings that could translate into more service hours. In addition, you have the ability to work with a person you know and trust. If you utilize an agency, it may cost you more of your Cash Allowance for the services. However, agencies may have a larger pool of available workers to provide you with services.

7. Who can I hire? Do I have to go through an agency?

No, you do not have to use an agency, although this is still an option. The PASP gives you the ability to utilize an agency or the freedom to hire anyone you are comfortable with such as family members, friends, or neighbors. You can even use a combination of agencies and employ staff directly.

8. Is there a lot of paperwork involved in the PASP?

There are only a few forms required to enroll in the Personal Assistance Services Program. The County Consultant and Fiscal Intermediary will provide you with a checklist of all required forms and instructions on how to complete and return the form. The County Consultant is available to assist with paperwork as needed.

9. How is the CMP used?

The CMP is used by the Fiscal Intermediary to implement your budget. The plan drives the payment exactly as it’s written.

10. How do I spend the money?

Each consumer, with the help of the County PASP Consultant, will prepare a Cash Management Plan (CMP). The CMP is your monthly budget designating how you want your program benefits used. The CMP can be revised on a monthly basis as your needs change. Your Consultant can assist you in this process. The monthly grant you will receive from the program will allow you to purchase things like: Employing individuals, including family members, friends and relatives to provide personal assistance. Services from home care providers or temporary help agencies. Background checks and benefits for employees. Rental or homeowner’s insurance, or other liability insurance as it relates to consumer’s role of employer. Personal assistance services training and education for workers. Chore services, including outside chores that provide for a safe environment and access in and out of the home. Cleaning service from firms or individuals. The home modifications such as ramps and grab bars, installation of visual or tactile alarms as well as wander alarms and other modifications not currently paid for by other program resources. Supplies and equipment that promote or enhance independence that are not currently paid for by other program resources. Food preparation and delivery of food. Laundry services from a laundromat or other provider. Errand service to assist with banking, shopping and other routine tasks.

11. How does the money affect my personal income?

These funds are not considered income and do not impact your eligibility for Social Security, Food Stamps and other programs that assess your income to determine your eligibility.

12. How much money do I get? Does the money come directly to me?

The money that you receive, or your CASH ALLOWANCE, is based on the number of service hours that you are assessed to receive. Your service hours are based on your approved plan of service which is reviewed annually. The maximum number of hours for all participants is 40 hours per week. The hours are converted into a dollar amounts based on the current reimbursement rates, which is called your CASH ALLOWANCE. This amount of money is alloted to your for your CASH MANAGEMENT PLAN and is maintained in an account managed by a Fiscal Intermediary. The Fiscal Intermediary (FI) is designated by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and acts as a bookkeeping service. The FI handles payroll and tax filings, and is responsible for issuing the checks for your employees and any other purchases. They also provide on-going technical support as needed.

13. Is there an income cap for this program? Will I have to pay for the services?

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”.

14. How can I apply for PASP?

Contact your county designated agency PASP Consultant, who will screen for eligibility, send out an application packet and make arrangements for an assessment to further determine eligibility for the program.

15. How is the program funded? Who administers the program?

The program is funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services. It is administered through county designated agencies in New Jersey.

16. What does “Self-Directing” mean?

Self-Directing refers to the consumer’s ability to independently make decisions, manage and supervise an employee.

17. Who qualifies?

New Jersey residents between the ages of 18-70 who are self-directing and permanently physically disabled, AND who are working, preparing for employment, attending school or training program, actively volunteering in the community for a minimum of 20-hours a month, or parenting a young child age 5 or under.

18. What other services can the PASP provide?

The PASP allows consumers to utilize their Cash Management Plan to purchase approved items and services that foster independence. These items can include modifications, medical supplies and equipment, and cleaning services.