201-996-9100 Bergen Office or 201-533-4407 Hudson Office
Heightened Independence & Progress (hip)



Adjustment to Vision Loss
The Adjustment to Vision Loss Project is a unique program designed to assist individuals in adjusting to the loss of vision, through one-on-one direct assistance as well as involvement in peer support groups.

Groups address issues and concerns of people with vision loss, and through the sharing of their experiences, members provide support to one another.

Community Education and Recreation (CERP)

Community Independent Living Support
CILS provides ongoing care management services for Hudson County residents. The goal of the program is to assist individuals with physical, sensory, developmental, mental health and multiple disabilities to remain in the community and maintain an optimal level of independent living. Although the primary focus is individuals between the ages of 18-59, those beyond this age range who do not qualify for existing services may also be assisted. The case manager works with consumers to assess needs and coordinate community-based services such as home healthcare, financial benefits programs and linkage to all essential services.
It's All About Work / Pre-ETS
It’s All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in partnership with New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS). Through a series of course offerings provided at high schools, transition-aged students begin to explore their career preferences related to interests and abilities, learn about the adult service system and skills needed for independent living and identify their life goals, particularly those related to work. At the conclusion of the course, students are eligible for individualized employment-related services through DVRS. Another component of the program works with adults referred by DVRS who benefit from instruction on enhancing their job readiness skills.
Peer Support Groups

hip offers the following peer support groups:

  • Secaucus Low Vision Group meets the first Thursday of each month from 10 am – noon at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Center, 1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094.
  • Jersey City Low Vision Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 2 pm – 4 pm at the Hudson hip office, 35 Journal Square, Suite 703, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

State-wide Peer Conference Phone Support Groups

Ages 18 – 30 will meet the first Thursday evening of each month at 7 pm.

Ages 31-50 will meet the second Tuesday evening of each month 7 pm.

Conference lines will be given to all who are participating.

Rehabilitation Technology
The Special Assistance for Independent Living (SAIL) and Special Assistance for Independent Living for Seniors (Senior SAIL) programs provide financial assistance (full or partial) toward the purchase of medical devices, assistive technology items, or other equipment in order to enhance an individual’s ability to live more independently. SAIL and Senior SAIL can help with the purchase of items such as wheelchairs, walkers, hearing aids, low vision aids, air conditioners (for specific disabilities), automobile modification, bathroom safety equipment, and medical alert systems, as well as ramps and other home modifications. SAIL and Senior SAIL can assist individuals who have no other resources to cover the cost of the requested item.
DDD Support Coordination Program

hip’s Support Coordinator assists DDD-eligible Hudson County residents and their family/support team in assessing their needs and developing an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to access community-based programs and services. The Support Coordinators locate, link, coordinate and monitor the supports and services on an ongoing basis to ensure that all necessary services remain in place to enable the individual to achieve their desired outcomes.

Transition Program

Traumatic Brain Injury Fund

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund is a state-funded case management program which provides community services and support for New Jersey residents who have been affected by a traumatic brain injury. hip’s care managers work with individuals to assist them in utilizing available funding for various therapies as well as the purchase of equipment and other individual services.


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