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Freeholder Chairperson: Blanquita B. Valenti
Office Director:
Melyssa Lewis

 

Welcome to the Middlesex County Office of Human Services

As the newly appointed Director for the Office of Human Services by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders I would like to introduce myself.  Prior to accepting this position I served as the Director for the Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services.  I was part of the management team in that Office for about 16 years, in a variety of roles from direct service, contract monitoring and compliance to administration.  In addition, I bring with me experience working in strategic planning and program development in the addictions and behavioral health field.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Rutgers University and a Masters of Public Health Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  I consider it a great honor to be able to serve in the position of Director of the Office of Human Services, and look forward to working with the myriad of agencies, advocates and community representatives active in the Human Services network of Middlesex County.

Sincerely,
Melyssa Lewis

 

 

Effective July 1, 2011, the former Middlesex County Department of Human Services was designated as the Office of Human Services within the Department of Community Services.  Gerry Mackenzie has been appointed as Department Head managing seven varied offices.  This change is part of a countywide reorganization.  Following are the divisions of the new office and contact information for each:
                                                                      

Office of Human Services
Melyssa Lewis, Director  732-745-4186
Division of Addictions and Mental Health Planning
Lori Dillon, Division Head 732-745-4518
Penny Grande, Mental Health Administrator  732-745-4313
Division of Children’s Services
Wanda Dillon, Division Head  732-246-5640
Division of Housing, Community Development & Social Services
Paul Buckley, Division Head   732-745-3950
Bridget Kennedy, Manager Social Services  732-745-4228
Melissa Bellamy, Manager, Exec.Director PHA, 1st Time Home Buyers and HOME 732-745-2922

The individual OHS Division website pages are regularly updated so come back and visit often.  Please call the Office of Human Services at 732-745-4186 for additional details.


 



NJ MentalHealthCares site provides readers with regularly updated information regarding mental health and substance use, as well as information on how to contact our Specialists.  Readers can also access our comprehensive database of over 3000 resources and services directly from the Helpline website. 

In addition, NJ MentalHealthCares is currently screening and linking Sandy survivors to available free counseling or substance abuse treatment services, making this and an even more opportune time to ensure widespread access to helpline information. 

NJ Mental Health Cares

Simply copy and paste the code below on your HTML page:

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Click here for a printed copy of our Middlesex County Mental Health Services Directory


Effective August 1, 2012, Middlesex County Information and Referral services as well as the operation of the Middlesex County Homeless Hotline will be provided by the NJ 211 Partnership.  The NJ 211 Partnership has been providing information and referral services for the entire state of New Jersey for the past seven years with support from the United Ways of New Jersey.  By dialing 211 or clicking nj211.org individuals are provided with free and confidential services twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.  The NJ 211 Partnership will direct referrals for needed case management services to Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc.

 

 

2014 Commission for Child Abuse and Missing Children Funds Available (Adobe PDF)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Traumatic Loss Coalition
Talking Points: Helping Children Following School Violence (Adobe PDF)

 

 

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance our outreach program to veterans, Veterans Services has set up informational kiosks at area shopping malls.  As always, volunteers from MCVAC and other veterans organizations are needed to help man the kiosks. 

Pictured in the photo is Doug Breen, Middlesex County Veterans Service Coordinator and Bob Porter, member of MCVAC at the Woodbridge Mall on September 21st. Please contact Doug at 732-745-4051 for further information.

 

 

 

 

 

URGENT REQUEST FOR ITEMS FOR
UNITED STATES MILITARY PERSONNEL

When wounded service personnel arrive from the field for medical procedures, often times their uniforms are stripped away or destroyed by invasive procedures, i.e., insertion of tubes, cleaning of burns, wounds, etc.

Consequently, personal hygiene items are in short supply. As part of our ongoing personal items drive for deployed troops, the Middlesex County Veterans Advisory Council is requesting donations, which can be dropped off at the receptacle located in the Department of Human Services on the fifth floor in the Middlesex County Administration building.  All items will be delivered to McGuire Airforce Base where they will be issued to troops operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The PROJECT WOUNDED WARRIOR Donations Coordinator at McGuire Airforce Base has issued an urgent request for the following items:

Men’s underwear & tee-shirts, all sizes

Women’s undergarments & sports bras, all sizes

Bath Towels

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste, Sensitive Toothpaste

Bars of Soap

Sani-wipes

Hand Sanitizer – for Active Duty operations in Haiti

Bug Spray - for Active Duty operations in Haiti

Hard Candy - for Active Duty operations in Haiti

 

For more information, please contact
Doug Breen, Veterans Services Coordinator, at 732-745-4051.

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THREE EMPLOYMENT GUIDES FOR CONSUMERS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Are Now Available from the Division of Behavioral Health & Children's Services

Exploring Possibilities in Recovery (189k pdf)
So You Want to Work (200k pdf)
So You Need Some Training (210k pdf)

 


2nd floor

2ND FLOOR provides anytime anywhere support to New Jersey youth through a toll free, confidential and anonymous youth helpline: 888—222-2228.  2ND FLOOR also offers program brochures, posters, stickers, clickable links and other materials that publicize the program as the place for New Jersey youth to call and talk about their issues, concerns and problems. Call 2ND FLOOR at: 888-222-2228 or e-mail: www.2ndfloor.org.