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


About DRNJ

This video explains the P&A network

Incorporated in 1994, DRNJ was subsequently designated by the Governor to serve as New Jersey's protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. As the protection and advocacy system, DRNJ operates the following programs:

  • Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD);
  • Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI);
  • Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR);
  • Client Assistance Program (CAP);
  • Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI);
  • Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT);
  • Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC);
  • Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS);
  • Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries with Representative Payees (PABRP); and
  • Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA).

Each of the above programs are established under federal law and receive funding from the following agencies:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Center for Mental Health Services - PAIMI
    • Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - PADD, PAVA, PATBI and PAAT
    • Administration for Community Living, through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development,- ATAC
  • U.S. Department of Education;
    • Rehabilitation Services Administration - PAIR and CAP
  • Social Security Administration - PABSS and PABRP

Protection and advocacy systems are enabled under federal law and are designated in each state and territory of the United States. For more information on P&As visit the web site of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) at www.ndrn.org.

DRNJ's Services

Disability Rights New Jersey provides services to persons with disabilities regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry or disability.

DRNJ provides:

  • information and referral,
  • technical assistance and training,
  • individual and system advocacy,
  • legal and non-legal advocacy, and
  • outreach and education.

Organization Structure

DRNJ undertakes its mission through a team approach, built on an issues foundation defined both by the agency's federal funding sources and its consumer-driven priorities. The teams are:

  • Institutional Monitoring/Community Integration, which encompasses PADD and PAIMI priorities in public and private facilities, developmental centers, psychiatric facilities, hospitals and nursing homes. The team also encompasses PADD and PATBI priorities in access to services and programs, personal decision making, and transportation;
  • Individual Rights, which encompasses PAIR and PAVA priorities, including ADA employment, public accommodations, education and housing;
  • Work and Vocational Rehabilitation, which encompasses CAP and PABSS priorities;
  • Assistive Technology, which encompasses the priorities of ATAC and PAAT;
  • Litigation, both systemic and complex; and
  • Intake, including short-term interventions.

DRNJ's consumer-directed priorities focus case activities in areas most important to consumers with disabilities and their families. They also ensure that protection and advocacy services are provided to traditionally underserved or unserved populations.

Annual Audit and Funding Information

For DRNJ's current audited financial statements click here

Click here to access the current IRS 990 Form. Additional funding information for DRNJ, and other non-profits, can be found at www.guidestar.org.


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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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Legal Disclaimer

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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