Individuals with Disabilities
The vision of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) is to advance the rights and interests of people with disabilities so they may fully participate in their communities.
Vocational Rehabilitation Mission Statement
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to achieve employment outcomes consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities and capabilities.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is here to help individuals with disabilities that are having trouble finding or holding a job because of their disability. If you have a disability that is preventing you from working, or which is endangering your present employment, you may wish to submit a referral for services.
News and Updates
Schedule "A" Hiring Event (North)
Special Targeted Hiring Event for Individuals with Disabilities and 30% or more Service Connected Disabled Veterans
Schedule A Hiring Event is by scheduled appointment- Please see Event Flyer and more information.
What is the "Schedule A"?
Schedule A is a special hiring authority designed to help federal agencies meet their affirmative action obligations regarding individuals with disabilities. Schedule A is different than the traditional, and often time consuming process used to hire people into federal service. Schedule A makes it easier and faster to hire, and is just for individuals with disabilities.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services connects eligible individuals with jobs under the “Schedule A” Authority. Federal HR personnel and recruiters are invited to interview candidates at a scheduled location. Job openings that are available under the “Schedule A” Authority will be shared with DVRS from the recruiters. DVRS will assign specific appointments to “Schedule A” eligible consumers for the hiring event day, where live interviews will be conducted instead of having the traditional job fair.
Annual Schedule A Hiring Event Workshop - Hackensack
Directions to Hackensack
Annual Schedule A Hiring Event Workshop - New Brunswick
Directions to New Brunswick
Annual Schedule A Hiring Event Workshop - Jersey City
Directions to Jersey City
Annual Schedule A Hiring Event Workshop - Elizabeth
Directions to Elizabeth
Screening-Scheduling Committee - Assigned Offices
Schedule A Hiring Event 2016 Job Posting
For more information, please see:
ABCs of "Schedule A"
Why Should a Federal Agency/Contractor Consider Hiring via “Schedule A”?
- Individuals with disabilities are an untapped source of excellent candidates.
- No public notice is required, which reduces time.
- Supports an agency’s career patterns initiative.
- Federal agencies don’t have to clear “surplus employee” lists prior to using Schedule A.
- No typical recruitment headaches.
- No need to go through the certificate process .
What Federal Agencies Have Participated?
- US Department of Labor
- US Mint
- Homeland Security
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Defense Supply
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Naval Command
How to Get Involved?
Federal Agencies & Contractors:
In order to participate in the “Schedule A” Hiring Event, you must:
- Be a consumer of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services; or
- Be a consumer of the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired; or
- Be a 30% or more Service Connected Disabled Veteran
NOTE: Candidates will be pre-screened and matched to appropriate job opportunities that
they will be able to interview for on the day of the event. Please contact your VR
Counselor to register for this event and available job vacancies.
For more information about the event, please contact ScheduleANorth@dol.nj.gov
State Rehabilitation Council
Division Of Vocational Rehabiliation
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides services that enable individuals with disabilities to find jobs or keep their existing jobs.
For over 80 years, the mission of the New Jersey federal/state vocational rehabilitation system has been to help people with disabilities prepare for and obtain work that is consistent with their abilities, strengths, priorities, and capabilities.In 2015, NJDVRS received 11,899 applications for services. Our Vocational Rehabilitation counseling staff developed 6559 plans for employment and placed in full or part-time employment 3822 individuals.
Our professional staff is skilled and dedicated. Seventy-five percent of the counselors, supervisors and managers have master's degrees in vocational rehabilitation or a related field and have been with the agency for 5 years or more.
As a key partner in Workforce New Jersey's One-Stop Career Center System, DVRS often joins with Labor and Workforce Development programs in providing consumer employment and training services for eligible individuals with disabilities.
Contact a DVRS Office
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Counseling & Guidance - Providing assistance to the consumer in handling the job search issues that impact employability, job maintenance strategies, and developing the overall techniques needed to be successful in a work environment.
Placement Services - Development of job leads both with and for the consumer and support during the job search; could include On the Job Training (OJT), Supported Employment (SE) or Time Limited -Placement and Coaching (TLPC).
Job Seeking Skills - Guidance in work search activities such as resume writing, interviewing skills, job search organization.
Supported Employment - Through referral to an SE provider, one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing, applying for jobs; followed by coaching on the job to facilitate learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment; followed by periodic follow-up to ensure job retention.
Time Limited Placement and Coaching - The first two categories of Supported Employment Services without periodic follow-along.
Job Accommodations - Guidance on changing the worksite's physical environment or adding equipment that will allow an individual to do more work tasks independently, effectively, and safely.
Skills Training - Vocational school, technology or trade School, business school, etc.
College Training - 2 or 4 year programs leading to a degree.
Physical Restoration - Equipment or therapies which improve physical or cognitive functioning so that a person is able to work; examples could be physical, occupational, or speech therapy; cognitive therapy which includes those modalities; prosthetics or orthotics such as artificial limbs, braces, special shoes, hearing aids, and eyeglasses (in some instances).
Emotional Restoration Services - Short-term individual, group or other types of counseling to reduce symptoms of mental health problems and improve work-tolerance and the ability to get and keep a job.
Driver Training - Assessment of driving ability and equipment needed to drive safely; assistance in purchasing driver training lessons if needed to reach a specific work goal.
Centers For Independent Living
DVRS supports the state's Centers for Independent Living. These Centers offer information, guidance and support to people with disabilities who are gearing up for employment-related activities. DVRS is also actively involved with the State Independent Living Council.
The New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council (NJ SILC)
Centers for Independent Living
Regional Centers for the Deaf
DVRS partners with three regional deaf centers serving individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or with cochlear implants. These centers offer vocational evaluations, job search support and advice on assistive listening devices. Appropriate individuals are encouraged to make appointments through their DVRS counselors.
The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Community Rehabilitation Program Services
Community rehabilitation providers (CRP) are local community organizations that provide services to adults with disabilities. Typically CRPs provide three main types of day services: (a) employment services leading to integrated employment in the general labor market (b) work opportunities in a sheltered workshop with other workers with disabilities or (c) non-work day activities in either a program facility or in the community. if you are looking for a job, it is very likely that you will need their services. A job seeker will work with employment support professionals who are also known as employment specialists, employment consultants, or job coaches.
Community Rehabilitation Programs
Focus on Job Coaching
Focus on Communication
Focus on College & Career Preparation
Focus on Assistive Devices
Focus on Acquired Disabilities
Focus on Reentry
Focus on Natural Supports
Youth Transition Services (This section is under construction)
DVRS assists students with disabilities who will require services in order to prepare for, get, and keep a job. The ultimate goal is to create a smooth transition from school to work, so that upon graduation, a student is prepared to begin work and/or post secondary training that leads to employment. The DVRS transition program for students will provide technical consultations, attend IEP meetings, and make presentations to local school districts when requested.
Letter to Students / Schools from DVRS Director. (pdf-0.2mb)
Link to more information on Youths:
Youth Transition Services
Services for Employers
Free Employer Consultation Services: Contact a local DVRS office to make arrangements for a free consultative appointment.
Training Reimbursement: DVRS will pay up to half of a worker's salary while the individual learns the essential knowledge and job skills required, in an on-the-job training program.
Tax Incentives: DVRS will show you how to obtain tax credits you may be eligible for when hiring workers with disabilities.
Placement Services: DVRS provides pre-screened, trained, motivated, qualified workers. We will work to identify your needs and match the right worker to the right job.
Job Modification and Barrier Removal Consultations: DVRS will evaluate your worksite to identify possible barriers and propose solutions that will benefit both your employees with disabilities and your customers with disabilities.
Assistance Dealing with Troubled Employees: DVRS will provide counseling services to employees with disabilities who are experiencing problems on the job and are eligible for DVRS services.
Follow-Up and Adjustment Services: DVRS counselors maintain close contact with employees to ensure that they are adjusting to the job and that both employer and employee are satisfied.
Information for Potential Vendors
Thank you for your interest in vending services for the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
To provide services, you must be qualified by virtue of direct experience, training, and education in the professional disciplines and service delivery models in which you seek approval.
New Jersey Administrative Code 12:51 states that "an organization shall have been in existence providing the service for which it is seeking approval for a minimum of two years or be able to demonstrate the capacity to provide the service applied for a a result of providing a similar service or have a history of being able to implement services successfully."
Please understand that this standard is strictly upheld. If we determine that your organization is in compliance with the above terms of proven expertise and capacity, a letter of intent will be requested.
Your letter of intent should include:
1.Mission and Service Design
2.Program Requirements and Capacity
4.Organizational Structure and Foundation
No referrals or set amount of revenue from NJDVRS can be guaranteed. Your organization must not consider NJDVRS funds as a primary source of revenue to either start or sustain operations. Each potential vendor must be able to support its operations independently of NJDVRS funding and must be doing so at the time of application. Job coaching services are purchased on a fee for service basis, not by contract (long term follow along services are funded via a contract).
Approval of new programs will be based upon the application, a letter of intent and DVRS local office Manager review. Approval also depends upon the need for the services in the county or counties in which you intend to operate. In addition, DVRS will periodically evaluate vendor performance which includes compliance with New Jersey Administrative Code (12:51), quality of service, and other pertinent factors. DVRS reserves the right to terminate approved vendors for convenience or cause. If a vendor has become inactive, any outside state invoices will be paid pending customary review by DVRS.
To apply :
Fill out a vendor application
Frequently Asked Questions FAQs
Community Rehabilitation Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to be a provider in the Community Relations Program, how do I participate?
Please click on link to see how to participate. CRP Program
I have questions about DVRS vendors, who do I contact?
If you have questions about DVRS vendors, please contact us at Cheryl.Vail@dol.nj.gov or (609)292-7396
What are the costs? DVRS records are confidential and will be used only for purposes directly connected with the administration of the vocational rehabilitation program. Information will be given out only with the consumer's written consent, if required by law, or for the safety and protection of the consumer or other individuals.
No Cost Services
Diagnostic evaluation, vocational counseling and guidance, job placement, supported employment services, on-the-job training, job coaching, and work adjustment training in a community rehabilitation program are services provided at no cost to the consumer.
Services with Cost
Expenses for medical services, training, books, supplies, tools, and equipment are based on an individual's ability to pay. DVRS financial criteria are less restrictive than those of many other agencies. Counselors are required to locate "comparable benefits", that is, identical services available from other sources.
Note: DVRS cannot pay for services and costs an individual incurred prior to being determined eligible.
What about confidentiality?
All personal information of NJDVRS involved individuals (NJDVRS applicants, current or past consumers) shall be kept confidential.
Who qualifies for our services?
Any physical or mental impairment that is a substantial impediment to employment may qualify an individual for vocational rehabilitation services.
Who decides what kind of program and which services are needed?
The consumer and VR counselor jointly develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that is goal oriented and based on the consumer's need for services leading to employment.
What kinds of services does DVRS provide?
- Vocational Counseling & Guidance - Providing assistance to the consumer in handling the job search issues that impact employability, job maintenance strategies, and developing the overall techniques needed to be successful in a work environment.
- Placement Services - Development of job leads both with and for the consumer and support during the job search; could include On the Job Training (OJT), Supported Employment (SE) or Time Limited -Placement and Coaching (TLPC)
- Job Seeking Skills - Guidance in work search activities such as resume writing, interviewing skills, job search organization
- Supported Employment - Through referral to an SE provider, one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing, applying for jobs; followed by coaching on the job to facilitate learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment; followed by periodic follow-up to ensure job retention
- Time Limited Placement and Coaching - The first two categories of Supported Employment Services without periodic follow-along
- Job Accommodations - Guidance on changing the worksite's physical environment or adding equipment that will allow an individual to do more work tasks independently, effectively, and safely
- Skills Training - Vocational school, technology or trade School, business school, etc.
- College Training - 2 or 4 year programs leading to a degree
- Physical Restoration - Equipment or therapies which improve physical or cognitive functioning so that a person is able to work; examples could be physical, occupational, or speech therapy; cognitive therapy which includes those modalities; prosthetics or orthotics such as artificial limbs, braces, special shoes, hearing aides, and eyeglasses (in some instances)
- Emotional Restoration Services - Short-term individual, group or other types of counseling to reduce symptoms of mental health problems and improve work-tolerance and the ability to get and keep a job.
- Mobility Equipment
- Driver Training - Assessment of driving ability and equipment needed to drive safely; assistance in purchasing driver training lessons if needed to reach a specific work goal.
- Vehicle Modification
- Home Modifications - services if needed to reach a specific work goal
How does DVRS work with the schools?
DVRS Counselors from each local office are assigned to secondary schools to function as the liaison between the schools and DVRS. Our counselors collaborate with Child Study Teams and other school personnel in regard to students' transition plans and offer in-service trainings to school staff, students and parents. See our Guidelines for School Personnel (pdf-0.1mb) for more information.
Letter to Students / Schools from DVRS Director. (pdf-0.2mb)
How does a transitioning youth get started?
Students may apply to become a DVRS client up to 2 years prior to exiting the secondary school system. Before that time, once a student turns 14, DVRS counselors upon request can provide consultations to the student, his or her parents and the student's school. Such consultations could consist of: providing information about DVRS, vocational planning, and the disability related services that may benefit the student. School districts typically make the referral to DVRS although students of age or others on the student's behalf may do so as well.
Learn More About the Steps in the DVRS Process (pdf-0.09mb)
Can students receive services from both DVRS & DDD?
Students who are of age to apply to DDD may work with both DDD and DVRS at the same time. See DVRS Myths & Facts (pdf-0.08mb) for more information.
What happens after a student applies for services?
After a student applies for services with DVRS, he or she is assigned to a DVRS vocational rehabilitation counselor who will determine if the student is eligible to receive services through DVRS. This eligibility determination is based on the student having a documented cognitive, mental, or physical impairment that poses a substantial barrier to employment. Once a student has become a client, their assigned DVRS counselor will continue to work on any transition plans developed during school as part of their IEP (Individualized Education Program).
The student and counselor will identify the student's vocational goal as well as services the student will need to be successful in their chosen field of employment. This will then become the student's IPE (Individualized Plan for Employment.) After the student graduates, the DVRS counselor will work with the student in implementing his or her IPE until such time that the student has found a job and has demonstrated the ability to maintain employment.
What is the Ticket to Work?
The Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration program designed to help SSI and SSDI beneficiaries get services that will help them return to work. If you are age 18 through 64 and receive disability benefits from Social Security, you should receive a Ticket To Work from SSA. You can assign your Ticket to any participating provider (called an Employment Network) in the program. The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NJDVRS) is an Employment Network (EN).
Why does DVR participate in the Ticket to Work?
If you go to work and earn above a certain level, NJDVRS will receive outcome payments from the Social Security Administration. NJDVRS puts those funds back into services for other clients.
What happens if I am not able to go to work?
Nothing. There is no consequence if you are not able to go to work after assigning your Ticket.
Other than employment services, do I get any other benefit by participating in the Ticket to Work program?
The Social Security Administration will suspend any scheduled medical review for at least one year after you assign your Ticket. They will extend the suspension of medical reviews for additional years (up to six years total) if you meet certain employment, training or educational goals. For more details you should talk to a benefits counselor.
Do I have to participate in the Ticket to Work program?
If you sign a DVR Individual Plan for Employment (IPE), the Social Security Administration considers that you are using your Ticket to Work. DVR is required to inform the Social Security Administration when a SSI or SSDI beneficiary signs a DVR IPE. If your Ticket is currently assigned to an Employment Network, it will need to be unassigned from the EN while you are receiving services from NJDVRS.
If you would like more information on the Ticket to Work program you can contact the following independent informational resources:
Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778 or www.socialsecurity.gov/work
Maximus: 1-866-968-7842 or https://yourtickettowork.com/web/ttw
New Jersey Protection and Advocacy Inc.: 1-800-922-7233
What happens to my SSI or SSDI benefits if I go to work?
Going to work may affect your SSI and SSDI benefits as well as other state or federal benefits you receive. It depends on how much you work and what benefits you receive. In most cases you will be financially better off if you are able to work. However, it is very important you get good information on your specific situation. We strongly recommend you work with a qualified benefits counselor to help you understand how work will affect your benefits.
In New Jersey, you can get benefits counseling services by asking your NJDVRS counselor to refer you for a benefits counseling appointment.