Advocating and advancing the human, civil and legal rights of persons with disabilities



DRNJ operates the following programs:

Intake Unit

All requests for assistance are processed by DRNJ's Intake Office. The vast majority of requests for assistance are received and processed by telephone or via email. The Intake Office is available to perform intake interviews by telephone or in-person by appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)

The PADD program was created by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights (DD) Act of 1975. PADD was established to protect the legal and civil rights of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

The PAIMI program was established by Congress in 1986 and receives funding from the National Center for Mental Health Services. The purpose of the PAIMI program is to protect and advocate for the rights of persons with mental illness and investigate reports of abuse and neglect.

Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR)

The PAIR program was established by Congress as a national program under the Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1993. PAIR programs were established to protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of persons with disabilities who are not eligible to be served in the CAP, PAIMI, or PADD programs.

The Client Assistance Program (CAP)

CAP was established as a mandatory program by the 1984 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act. CAP advocates for and protects the rights of individuals with disabilities who are seeking or receiving rehabilitation services.

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)

PATBI is a federally funded program authorized by the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 and its reauthorization as part of the Children's Health Act of 2000. The PATBI program ensures that individuals with TBI and their families have access to: information, referrals and advice; individual and family advocacy; legal representation; and specific assistance in self-advocacy.

Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center serves as New Jersey's federally funded assistive technology project through a sub-contract with New Jersey's Department of Labor. ATAC provides assistance to persons with disabilities to obtain assistive technology devices and/or services.

Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)

The PAAT program provides legal and non-legal advocacy services for individuals with disabilities who are denied access to assistive technology devices and/or assistive technology services.

Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA)

The PAVA program ensures that every qualified person with a disability has the opportunity to vote on Election Day.

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

The PABSS program is a federally funded program that was established under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act of 1999. The Act authorizes the Social Security Administration (SSA) to fund each state's protection and advocacy system to provide work incentive assistance to SSDI and SSI beneficiaries seeking vocational rehabilitation, employment and other support services to secure, retain or regain employment.


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New Jersey's designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities

Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
1.800.922.7233 (in NJ only) • 1.609.292.9742 (Voice)
1.609.777.0187 (Fax) • 1.609.633.7106 (TTY)
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DRNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides services to all persons with disabilities regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, sex, sexual or affectional orientation, ancestry or disability. Any concerns regarding the agency’s compliance with these non-discrimination efforts may be brought to the attention of the Executive Director.

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