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Division of Aging Services

DIVISION BUDGET: $321 million (federal/state)

DIVISION ACTING DIRECTOR: Louise Rush
DIVISION STAFF: Approximately 300

The Division of Aging Services administers a number of federal and state-funded programs that make it easier for older adults to live in the community as long as possible with independence, dignity and choice. DoAS receives federal Older Americans Act funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Living and serves as the focal point for planning services for aging adults, developing comprehensive information about New Jersey’s older adult population and its needs, and maintaining information about services available to older adults throughout the state. 

The Department of Human Services is designated as New Jersey’s State Unit Aging making it eligible to receive federal funding under the Older Americans Act—with the Division of Aging Services as the administrative agency. The Division of Aging Services provides oversight of the home and community-based programs provided by or through New Jersey’s 21 county offices on aging known as the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)/Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)

State funding, both from the general fund and the Casino Revenue Fund, supports programs and services specific to New Jersey or expands service availability and reach beyond federal funding limits. These include Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving, Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP), Statewide Respite Care Program, Alzheimer’s Adult Day Services Program, weekend home delivered meals, and two state prescription assistance programs –Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled and the Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program – the Lifeline Utility Assistance program, and the Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled program.–The Division of Aging Services also conducts clinical eligibility and quality assurance for Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), and is home to the Office of the Public Guardian and Adult Protective Services. 

Information about the programs is also available through various toll-free hotlines.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Division of Aging Services
New Jersey Department of Human Services
P.O. Box  715
Trenton, NJ 08625-0715

For Medicare counseling and general aging services questions: 1-800-792-8820
For PAAD, Sr. Gold, or Lifeline: 1-800-792-9745
For access to aging services in your county: 1-877-222-3737

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