New Jersey Administrative Code
Section 9A:16-2.2 - Application and selection procedures

Universal Citation: NJ Admin Code 9A:16-2.2

Current through Register Vol. 55, No. 48, December 18, 2023

(a) The Executive Director shall select the program participants from among those applicants who meet the eligibility criteria established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 9A:16-2.1.

(b) To receive consideration for participation in the program, an applicant must submit a completed program application to the Executive Director.

(c) In the event that there are insufficient funds or approved sites to select all of the applicants who meet the eligibility criteria, the Executive Director shall accord priority to applicants in the following manner:

1. First, to any applicant who is completing a fourth, third or second year of a loan redemption contract;

2. Second, to any applicant according to the severity of the physician dentist, or other primary care provider shortage in the area selected by the applicants as ranked by the Commissioner pursuant to the criteria established in N.J.S.A. 18A:71C-35;

3. Third, to any applicant whose residence in the State at the time of entry into postsecondary education was within a State designated underserved area, as determined at the time of the applicant's entry into postsecondary education; and

4. In the event that there are more applicants who have the same priority than there are program positions, the Executive Director shall select program participants by means of a lottery or other form of random selection.

(d) The Executive Director, in consultation with the Commissioner, shall match eligible applicants to State-designated underserved areas. If an applicant is the owner of the approved site at which the applicant requests to be placed, the site must have operated for a minimum of two years prior to the program participant's application for the program.

(e) Each selected applicant shall serve a six-month probationary period upon initial placement at an approved site.

(f) At the completion of each program participant's probationary period, a primary care staff member at his or her approved site, or in the case of a clinic which is part of the extramural network of dental clinics established by the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the director of the clinics and the vice-dean of the dental school, or whomever is serving in that capacity, shall submit to the Executive Director a recommendation of either the continuation of the program participant's placement, a change of placement, or the program participant's unsuitability for the program.

1. If the recommendation is a change in placement, the Executive Director shall approve an alternate placement at an approved site.

2. If the recommendation is the program participant's unsuitability for the program, the Executive Director shall take such recommendation into consideration in determining the program participant's final acceptance into the program.

3. In the event the participant is an owner of the approved site, in lieu of a letter of recommendation, the participant must submit supporting documentation, as requested by the Executive Director, demonstrating their suitability for the program and the placement site. The Executive Director shall take such documentation into consideration in determining the participant's final acceptance into the program.

(g) Satisfactory completion of the probationary period shall constitute final acceptance as a program participant and entitle the participant to receive credit for the probation period in the calculation of his or her first full year of service.

(h) At the time an applicant is accepted as a program participant, the Executive Director will encumber those program funds necessary to provide for the four years redemption of the participant's eligible qualifying loan expenses.

Amended by 47 N.J.R. 2294(a), effective 9/8/2015

Amended by 55 N.J.R. 299(c), effective 2/21/2023

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