The State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) offers a choice of two dental care programs for full time employees. You may choose between the Dental Expense Plan or one of the six participating Dental Plan Organizations (DPO's). Participation is optional, and for those employees electing dental coverage, there is a bi-weekly payroll deduction that varies depending on the coverage selected. Once enrolled, you and your eligible dependents must remain in the dental plan you elect for a minimum of 12 months before you can switch plans or drop coverage. In the event that you wish to switch dental plans, you will not be permitted to do so until the next open enrollment period following the 12-month minimum enrollment period. In addition, no employee or dependent can be covered under more than one SHBP dental plan. Additional information is available from the links below: Dental Plan Rates for 2023 Dental Plan Design and Comparison Guide Dental Plan Summary - Fact Sheet #37 NJ State Employees Group Dental Program Member Handbook Eligibility Definitions and Documentation Required for Enrolling Eligible Dependents Dental Plan Vendors - Web Sites and Telephone Number There are currently no dental plans available to part time employees.