Office of Temporary Assistance
To avoid possible long wait times in our office, you can Apply Online.
The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance would like to encourage clients to apply online for assistance programs. The Office of Temporary Assistance is experiencing longer wait times than in the past and this online application can be completed at home or anywhere (Library) that internet access exists.
Address: 340 West Hanover Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Extended Hours: 4:30 – 6:30pm on the following Tuesdays: 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19, 9/2, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/18, 11/25, 12/9, 12/23
The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance provides a variety of financial, medical and social services to persons and families who meet the necessary program criteria. The staff gathers information and compiles supporting documentation in an effort to determine a client’s eligibility. We also provide information and referral services to other government and non-profit agencies who may be of assistance to clients.
- AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP)
- Battered Women
- Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention Treatment Program
- Child Support and Paternity
- Disabled Adult Children Medicaid
- Disabled Widows/Widowers Benefits
- Early Employment Initiative (EEI)
- Food Pantry (Emergency Food)
- General Assistance (GA)
- Global Options
- Homeless Program
- Kinship Care Subsidy Program
- Medically Needy Program
- New Jersey Cares for Kids
- New Jersey Family Care
- New Jersey Workability
- Medical Emergency Services for Aliens
- Prescription Assistance
- Prescription Savings Program (Pharmacy Owners Providers Services or POPS)
- Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMBP)
- Rental Assistance
- Smart Steps
- Social Service Intake
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka Food Stamps
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Utility Assistance
AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP)
Available to individuals with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) whose income is higher than the Medicaid Only Program standards, and who require medical coverage and home health care. Eligible persons must be diagnosed as having AIDS or ARC, must meet the disability criteria required by the Social Security Administration, meet income and resource guidelines, and must at a minimum require the type of care provided by a nursing home, though choosing to remain in the community. The ACCAP program is also available to HIV-positive children under the age of five, and provides home care. (See insert for current income eligibility levels.) This program offers all New Jersey Medicaid benefits (except nursing facility coverage), plus case management, private duty nursing for 16 hours a day where there is a live-in primary care giver who accepts full responsi- bility for the individual; medical day care; personal care assistant services; limited drug abuse treatment at home; psychotherapy/ family therapy at home; and group foster care home.
Trained staff assist women who need help due to domestic violence. Staff works in conjunction with the Jersey Battered Women's Service in providing social services to this population. For information or help, contact the Social Services Intake Unit at 973-829-8176 or JBWS hotline at 973-267-4763.
Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment Program
Covers services required during treatment for breast or cervical cancer for citizens under age 65 who have been screened for breast or cervical cancer through the Federal Centers for Disease Control and found to need such treatment, and who do not have any type of health coverage whatsoever.
Child Support and Paternity (CSP)
Promotes financial and medical security for all New Jersey children in need of support. For the general public, it helps to locate non-custodial parents and to review all existing child support orders. Together with Family Court, it provides for genetic testing in all contested paternity matters. For TANF and AFDC Medicaid applicants, cooperation with CSP is required as a first step for eligibility unless the applicant is a victim of domestic violence. CSP provides a full range of services including establishing paternity, locating absent parents, establishing support orders, making information available to consumer credit agencies regarding delinquent parents, and the imposition of liens against real and personal property. It also provides genetic testing, and complaint initiation in local and out-of-State courts. Collection and enforcement of established orders are referred to the appropriate County Probation Department.
Disabled Adult Children Medicaid
Provides protection of Medicaid for individuals at least 18 years of age who have become disabled or blind prior to reaching age 22; and who have been receiving Supplement Security Income (SSI); and who have lost SSI as a result of receipt of the child’s insurance benefits under Social Security or an increase in those benefits on or after July 1, 1987.
Disabled Widows/Widowers Benefits
Provides Medicaid to blind or disabled persons who lose SSI eligibility because they receive Social Security Widows/Widowers benefits at age 60 from the claim of a deceased spouse, and who are not eligible for Medicare Part A. The program disregards the Widow’s/Widower’s benefits to make them eligible for Medicaid. This service does not apply to those who are institutionalized.
Early Employment Initiative (EEI)
Offers intensive job search services to potential TANF applicants, assisting them to obtain employment that will keep them from going on public assistance. EEI participants receive a support payment while they are involved in the job search.
Emergency food for persons in need. Volunteers help maintain a food pantry at 340 West Hanover Avenue, deliver/distribute food, stock shelves, provide and distribute food donations. For more information call 973-326-7871.
General Assistance (GA)
A state funded cash assistance program for single individuals and childless couples. Like TANF recipients, individuals may also receive Food Stamps and limited medical services. The Office of Temporary Assistance handles GA from all Morris County municipalities.
Program is for those who would be eligible for nursing home care (financial and health-related eligibility) but who choose to remain in the community receiving home health care and other medical services. Services include homemaker services, medical transportation, respite care services, adult social day care, case management services and others. This program also can provide coverage for individuals in Assisted Living facilities. The eligibility guidelines are similar to the Medicaid Only Program guidelines for nursing home admission. (See insert for current income eligibility levels)
973-326-7800 · 1-800-640-9783 (Homeless Hotline)
Preventive services to keep low-income individuals and families in their own homes, if possible, or to provide temporary shelter if they are homeless until they can be relocated to permanent quarters. Social workers work with the individual/family to help them relocate into affordable housing. Housing may be saved with back payments of rent, mortgage, utilities, or a time-limited subsidy. The customer needs to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing after the assistance is given. Other services include transportation, food, and medical needs. If the individual/family does not have a social worker or is unsure who their worker is, they should contact the Intake Unit (973-829-8176) to request services. OTA maintains a 24hour Homeless Hotline 1-800-640-9783, for people experiencing housing emergency.
Hospice care provided for terminally ill individuals (as documented by a physician) who are eligible for Medicaid, and who have a reliable caregiver at home, a plan to get one, or a plan to enter a nursing facility. Services must be deemed reasonable and necessary for the management of terminal illness, and include an interdisciplinary team approach with intermittent visits by nurses, social workers, clergy, home health aides and volunteers; medication and equipment related to terminal illness; 24 hour care in crisis situations; respite care; hospice care in a nursing home; and short term hospital stay for symptom control.
Kinship Care Subsidy Program
Provides monthly cash subsidies for children living with individuals who are kinship legal guardians raising a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Kinship Caregivers may also receive help with child care costs and other services.
The Office of Temporary Assistance administers both Community and Institutional Medicaid programs, providing benefits to financially and medically eligible families and individuals.
Medically Needy Program
Provides medical benefits to individuals or children whose income and/or resources are above the Medicaid Only eligibility level, but who cannot afford health care themselves. Applicants whose resources are too high when they apply will be allowed to “spend down” until they become eligible. Services are similar to those covered by Medicaid, with certain limitations. Services include physician, dentist, independent clinics, hearing aids, medical supplies and equipment, lab and x-ray, eye glasses, medical transportation, home health services, personal care assistance, services, medical day care psychologist, optometrist, artificial limbs, and outpatient hospital. In addition, pregnant women are entitled to inpatient hospital, podiatry, chiropractic and prescribed drugs. Needy children are entitled to prescribed drugs, and the elderly, blind or disabled are entitle to podiatry and medical day care services.
New Jersey Cares for Kids
Provides assistance with the costs of child care for working families with low to moderate incomes for children from birth through 12 years of age. Single parents or both parents in two parent families must be employed 30 or more hours per week. Caregivers selected by parent(s) must be approved, registered or licensed and meet State requirements. There is currently a waiting list for this service.
New Jersey Family Care
Free or low cost health insurance for uninsured children 19 years old or younger through participating HMO’s. Service include doctor visits, hospitalizations, lab tests, x-rays, eyeglasses, mental health services, prescription drugs and dental care for most children. Eligibility is based on monthly income and household size, and no one is turned down due to pre-existing conditions. Apply at Office of Temporary Assistance, download an application from www.njfamilycare.org, or call 1-800-701-0710.
New Jersey Workability
Medical assistance available to permanently physically or mentally disabled individuals between age 16 and 64 who are employed either full-time or part-time and receive Social Security Disability.
Medicaid Emergency Services for Aliens
Provides emergency only medical treatment for immigrants who are not resident aliens.
The Office of Temporary Assistance may provide one-time prescription assistance while a client awaits the receipt of Medicaid or other prescription support programs.
Prescription Savings Program (Pharmacy Owners Providers Services or POPS)
Provides all residents of Morris County and dependents in the same house not currently covered through any government sponsored or employer based prescription insurance program with savings of up to 50% on prescription medications. Annual non-refundable membership fee of $20 or 3-year fee of $40 required. Use any participating Morris County pharmacy. No age, in- come or pre-existing condition exclusions, no de- ductibles, no limits on quantities, and no forms to complete, except the initial application, along with proof of Morris County residency.
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMBP)
Pays Medicare Part B premium for individuals who qualify for New Jersey Care Medicaid. Eligible individuals are entitled to Medicaid coverage for the cost of their Medicare coinsurance and deductible charges (subject to normal Medicaid reimbursement policies), as well as Medicare Part B premiums.
One Month Back Rent, First month’s Rent or Security Deposit may be provided to clients who present at the agency homeless or in danger of homelessness and with financial hardships. Assistance is based on future affordability and proof that there was a hardship within the home that prohibited the client from paying the rent. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs. Currently, OTA does not have funding to assist clients with ongoing rental assistance.
Provides financial support for WFNJ recipients or WFNJ-eligible individuals while attending college. There is a limited number of slots for this program.
Social Service Intake
Full range of social services available by calling 973-829-8176. Anyone with an identified problem such as housing, medical needs, financial needs, transportation or personal problems may receive help. Target populations are vulnerable adults or families experiencing housing, financial, child rearing, or mental health problems. Social workers do an initial needs assessment, screen for program eligibility, give information and referrals, and provide short-term services such as links with shelters, back rent/mortgage assistance, utility and relocation assistance. Individuals/families with on-going needs are assigned to the appropriate service unit.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka Food Stamps
Provides assistance for food purchases to single individuals or persons who live together and purchase and prepare food together. The program considers the household members’ incomes and selected expenses. In many cases an application can be made by mail or telephone without the necessity of an office visit. Benefits are issued through an electronic benefit system which has eliminated the need for coupons or stamps, and are automatically transferred into a customer’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account at the beginning of each month.
Applications on MyNJHelps.org
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Provides financial assistance to parents and/or relatives or legal guardians who meet the income guidelines caring for a child up to age 18, or age 19 if graduating high school by their 19th birthday, or age 21 if in a specialized education program. Many recipients are also eligible for Food Stamps and Medicaid.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Serves people between ages 18 and 65 who have survived a traumatic brain injury. These individuals receive Medicaid benefits plus additional services, excluding nursing home and personal care assistance. Services include case management, behavioral and drug counseling, community residential services and therapies, behavioral programs, environmental modifications, structured day care, supported day programs, transportation, respite care, night supervision, chore services and companion services.
Emergency Utility Assistance is available to clients who are in need of a one-time payment to their utility company and have received a shutoff notice. There is a maximum dollar amount that OTA can assist with, but the ultimate goal is to avoid shut off or restore service when possible. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs.
Notice: All Aged, Blind, and Disabled, Workability & Long Term Care Medicaid applications will be taken at the Office of Temporary Assistance, 340 West Hanover Ave., Morris Twp., NJ.