2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:16-20 - Definitions


NJ Rev Stat § 34:16-20 (2013) What's This?

34:16-20. Definitions
As used in this chapter:

"Commission" means the State Rehabilitation Commission, Department of Labor and Industry, for the rehabilitation of handicapped persons.

"Maintenance" means payments to cover the handicapped individual's basic living expenses, such as: food, shelter, clothing, health maintenance, and other subsistence expenses essential to achievement of individual's vocational rehabilitation or independent living rehabilitation objective.

"Handicapped individual" means, for the purpose of vocational rehabilitation services, any individual who is under a physical or mental disability which constitutes a substantial handicap to employment, but which is of such a nature that vocational rehabilitation services may reasonably be expected to render him fit to engage in a gainful occupation.

"Severely handicapped individual" means, for the purpose of independent living rehabilitation services, an individual who is under such physical or mental disability, as defined by rules and regulations of the commission, as to require institutional care or nursing home care or attendance in his household continuously or for a substantial portion of the time, but who reasonably can be expected as a result of independent living rehabilitation services to achieve an independent living status.

"Independent living status" means that degree of independence for severely handicapped individuals which will eliminate the need for institutional care or nursing home care or eliminate or substantially reduce the need for an attendant's care at home and which may in many instances make such persons capable of achieving vocational rehabilitation.

"Prosthetic device" means any appliance designed to support or take the place of a part of the body, or to increase the acuity of a sensory organ.

"Vocational rehabilitation services" means diagnostic and related services (including transportation) incidental to the determination of eligibility for and the nature and scope of services to be provided; training, books and training material, including necessary small tools, such prosthetic devices as are essential to obtaining or retaining employment, occupational licenses, guidance and placement services for handicapped individuals; and in the case of any such individual found to require financial assistance with respect thereto, after full consideration of his eligibility for any similar benefit by way of pension, compensation, and insurance, any other goods and services necessary to render such individual fit to engage in a gainful occupation (including gainful homebound work), including but not limited to the following physical restoration and other goods and services:

(1) Corrective surgery or therapeutic treatment to correct or improve a physical or mental condition which constitutes a substantial handicap to employment;

(2) Necessary hospitalization in connection with surgery or treatment specified in paragraph 1;

(3) Maintenance, not exceeding the estimated cost of subsistence, during rehabilitation;

(4) Tools, equipment, initial stocks and supplies, including equipment and initial stocks and supplies for vending stands;

(5) Transportation (except where necessary in connection with determination of eligibility or nature and scope of services).

(6) Acquisition of vending stands or other equipment, and initial stocks and supplies for small business enterprises conducted by severely handicapped individuals under the supervision of the State agency;

(7) The establishment of public and other nonprofit rehabilitation facilities to provide services for handicapped individuals and the establishment of public and other nonprofit workshops for the severely handicapped.

"Vocational rehabilitation services" (for purposes of the determination of rehabilitation potential) also means, diagnosis and related services (including transportation), training, books and training material, including necessary small tools, prosthetic devices, and guidance, which are provided to an individual who has a physical or mental disability which constitutes a substantial handicap to employment, during the period specified to be necessary for and which are provided for the purpose of ascertaining whether it may be reasonably expected that such individual will be rendered fit to engage in a gainful occupation through the provision of goods and services described in the preceding paragraph; and in the case of any such individual found to require financial assistance with respect thereto, after full consideration of his eligibility for any similar benefit by way of pension, compensation and insurance, any other goods and services necessary to the determination of a rehabilitation potential, including but not limited to physical restoration and other goods and services.

"Independent living rehabilitation service" means counseling, diagnostic and related services (including transportation) rendered severely handicapped individuals, and needed prosthetic appliances, books and training materials and other devices which will contribute to independent living, training in the use thereof, and in the case of any such individual found to require financial assistance with respect thereto, after full consideration of his eligibility for any similar benefits by way of pension, compensation and insurance, such term shall include but shall not be limited to the following: (1) physical restoration and related services, including corrective surgery, therapeutic treatment, and hospitalization; (2) maintenance needed to assure the availability of such services, not exceeding the estimated cost of subsistence; (3) such rehabilitation services necessary for the achievement of independent living status.

"Rehabilitation facility" means a facility operated for the primary purpose of assisting in the vocational rehabilitation and independent living rehabilitation of handicapped and severely handicapped individuals, (1) which provides one or more of the following types of service: testing, fitting, or training in the use of prosthetic devices; prevocational or conditioning therapy; physical or occupational therapy, adjustment training, evaluation, treatment, or control of special disabilities; or (2) through which is provided an integrated program of medical, psychological, social and vocational evaluation and services under competent professional supervision; provided, that the major portion of such evaluation and service is furnished within the facility, and that all medical and related health services are prescribed by, or under the formal supervision of, persons licensed to practice medicine or surgery in the State.

"Workshop" means a place where any manufacture or handiwork is carried on, and which is operated for the primary purpose of providing gainful employment to handicapped individuals (1) as an interim step in the rehabilitation process for those who cannot be readily absorbed in the competitive labor market; or (2) during such time as employment opportunities for them in the competitive labor market do not exist.

"Gainful occupation" includes employment in the competitive labor market; practice of a profession; self-employment; homemaking, farm or family work (including work for which payment is in kind rather than cash); sheltered employment; and home industries or other homebound work of a gainful nature.

L.1955, c. 64, p. 210, s. 1. Amended by L.1961, c. 20, p. 98, s. 1; L.1967, c. 123, s. 1, eff. June 21, 1967; L.1969, c. 91, s. 1, eff. June 20, 1969.


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