Office of the Director

Karen Dinsmore, Acting Director
Phone: 908-527-4809 | Fax: 908-527-4875

The Union County Department of Human Services (DHS) is the county’s largest government service unit. Its mission is to coordinate and deliver quality, cost effective programs and services that recognize and respond to the quality-of-life needs of residents.

Resources: Ryan White Services Directory

Immunization Center

Office Director:  Katherine (Kay) Young, R.N
Address: 40 Parker Road, Elizabeth, NJ 07207 (map)
Phone: 908-965-3868  |  Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday (closed Fridays), 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Established by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (in 1996) to provide immunizations to eligible children (those without medical insurance) through the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. The VFC is administered by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Immunization Program.

Contracts Unit
Division Director: Maureen Glenn
Phone: 908-527-4838
Fax: 908-558-6680

Juvenile Detention Center

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Secure facility for juveniles who have been arrested on serious delinquency charges.

Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital of Union County

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Organizationally under the Office of the Director, Department of Human Services

Children's Shelter
Address: 508 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Phone: 908-436-1955  |  Emergency: 908-482-7255

Services for youths needing temporary placement following a juvenile/family crisis, including youngsters with family conflict, runaway and truancy.

Children’s Initiatives

Children’s Immunization Center provides information on available health services to families in need and screenings and immunizations for eligible children under age 18 at the Elizabeth office of the Division of Social Services. Children, who are uninsured, underinsured, on Medicaid, or on N.J. Family Care are eligible for services.  Phone: 908-965-2734 | Fax: 908-558-6924 Address: 342 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07207 Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Division on Aging
Division Director: Frances A. Benson
Phone: 908-527-4869 | Fax: 908-659-7410
Information & Referral: 908-527-4870
Toll Free: 888-280-8226
ADRC: 877-222-3737

The Division on Aging plans, implements and coordinates services for Union County residents aged 60 and older. In addition to providing 23 congregate lunch sites throughout the County serving hot lunch on weekdays, The Division also arranges for an array of services including, but not limited to, home delivered meals, legal services, home health care, house-keeping, housing assistance, transportation, volunteer programs, adult day care, residential maintenance and caregiver services.

The Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) program is opening their waiting list in Union County and can now serve up to 50 clients per month.  JACC provides a broad array of in-home services and supports that enable an individual at risk of placement in a nursing facility to remain in their home. 

JACC services may include care management, home health aides, home modifications, in-patient respite care, special medical equipment and supplies, a personal emergency response system, home delivered meals, and adult day care.  Care recipients must be 60 years of age or older and live in Union County. Call the Union County Division on Aging at 908-527-4872 or toll free at 888-280-8226 for additional qualification requirements and to apply today.

Division of Social Services

Division Director: Charles Gillon

Elizabeth Location
343 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth 07207
Phone: 908-965-3706 | Fax: 908-965-2752

Plainfield Location
200 West 2nd Street, Plainfield 07063
Phone: 908-791-7000 | Fax: 908-791-7098

The Division of Social Services provides assistance to the needy in Union County by administering a variety of programs including free vaccinations and immunizations for children, Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance, Food Stamps, Emergency Assistance, Family Care, Nursing Home Care, Medical Assistance, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) and Child Support Services.

Need Assistance?

The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in the State of New Jersey. Find out if you qualify for more than 28 state and federal programs that can help you find housing, employment, child care, health insurance, prescriptions, pay for food and much more.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
     1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
     Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Division of Youth Services
Phone: 908-558-2520  |  Fax: 908-558-2540
Address: 288 N. Broad Street, Suite 3A, Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Division of Planning

Director: Melissa Lespinasse
Phone: 908-527-4883 | Fax: 908-558-2562

Provides a wide variety of county-wide human services or social/support service programs, through the most cost effective utilization of funding from county, state and federal resources, by direct delivery of services or by funding community based organizations to deliver services.

The Division of Planning is responsible for grants management and/or direct service provision for the program areas of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Mental Health Services, Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, Rape Crisis Center, Homeless Assistance/Support Services, and the Office for the Disabled. The Division staffs various Freeholder appointed advisory boards that provide oversight and guidance for the various grant funded service delivery systems.

One-Stop Operations

Director: Jean Koszulinski
Phone: 908-791-2039

921 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

200 West Second Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Satellite Center
Union County College, Elizabeth Campus
40 West Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207

The mission of the One- Stop Delivery System is to advance the economic well being of this workforce investment area by developing and maintaining a quality workforce and by serving as the focal point for all local and regional workforce investment initiatives. This will be achieved through the delivery of high quality and integrated workforce investment, education, and economic development services for job seekers, incumbent workers, and employers.

Office For The Disabled
Leslie Gutierrez, Director, Office for the Disabled
Phone: 908-527-4807 | Relay Service: 711
Hours: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m; Monday thru Friday
E-mail Address:
The Union County Office for the Disabled works to advance independent living and assists consumers with disabilities in realizing their full inclusion in all aspects of County life.  The Office also promotes community-based living options

Personal Assistance Service Program (PASP) – The Office administers the program in Union County.  The program helps participants pursue vocational  goals and live independently.  The PASP can assist people with disabilities who are working, going to college, attending a vocational train program or involved in volunteer activities (minimum of 20 volunteer hours per month).  To be eligible, PASP applicants must have a permanent physical disability, be age 18 through age 70, be capable of self-direction, able to supervise a personal assistant and live in a community-based resident in New Jersey.  Personal assistants can assist with essential daily living activities such as bating, dressing, wheelchair-bed transfers, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, as well as other chores and errands.  Contact: Helen Alvarado, PASP Coordinator 908-527-4845

Office on Women
Jennifer Erdos, Coordinator
E-mail Address:
Phone: 908-527-4216 Fax: 908-527-4875