Division of Social Services
County of Middlesex
Office of Human Services
75 Bayard Street, 2nd Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
WHO ARE WE?
|Bridget Stillwell Kennedy, Social Services Manager
|Harriet Slonim, Planner
|Annette Olsen, Social Services Division Support Staff
|Doug Breen, Veterans’ Services Coordinator
WHAT DO WE DO?
The Social Work Services section, which is funded by the State and County, serves as the County's comprehensive human services planning entity. Particularly with regard to the allocation of public funds, this division is mandated to assess community needs, other available resources, and readily achievable outcomes.
The staff in the Social Services area is responsible for over 30 County support grants. This responsibility includes the development and distribution of Support Grant Applications, proposal review, fund allocations, appeals processes, contract writing, presentation to the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, quarterly reporting, vouchering and monitoring.
In addition to the advisory councils noted above, division staff oversees the Human Services Advisory Council and the Veterans' Advisory Council, and their many sub-committees. Established by New Jersey Department of Human Services regulation and appointed by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) works closely with both the State and County, making recommendations for allocation of funds, monitoring, and maintaining a large advocacy role on behalf of the needs and concerns of County residents. This group's monthly meetings are open to the public; a schedule may be obtained by contacting the office at 732-745-4519.
The HSAC has several required standing committees. The Middlesex County Housing Continuum of Care Committee (MCHC3) is the primary vehicle for planning and coordinating the delivery of services to the homeless and collaborating with Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc. to implement the Middlesex County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. MCHC3’s membership comprises mainly homeless service, providers, advocates for the homeless and low income families and individuals. Other committees address funding allocations, planning and membership. An ad hoc committee to review legislative and budgetary matters on the federal and state levels was established in 2012.
The Office of Veterans Services is a component program of the Division of Social Work Services.
The Veterans Services Coordinator provides assistance, information and referrals regarding eligibility for services and service related benefits to military veterans and their family.
The Veterans Services Office maintains close liaison with the various veterans' organizations within the county and provides support for veteran events through the Middlesex County Veterans Advisory Council (MCVAC) under the auspices of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
VETERAN'S MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE
A mental health helpline has been established by the NJ Division of Mental Health Services for veterans returning from duty. The toll-free number provides immediate assistance to veterans suffering from emotional or psychological distress, as well as those having difficulty re-assimilating into civilian life after their mobilization for active duty service ends.
You may reach the helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing:
The helpline, coordinated by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ/University Behavioral HealthCare, features peer counseling, clinical assessment, and assistance to family members. The helpline provides New Jersey veterans and their families’ access to a comprehensive Mental Health Provider Network of mental health professionals specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other veterans' issues. All services are free and confidential.
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