Office of the Director
Debbie-Ann Anderson, Director
Phone: 908-527-4808 | Fax: 908-527-4875
Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director
Phone: 908-527-4809 | Fax: 908-527-4875
The Union County Department of Human Services (DHS) seeks to deliver quality, cost effective programs and services that recognize and respond to the quality-of-life needs of residents by leveraging local, state and national resources. The DHS serves as Union County’s social safety net for individuals and families.
Aging and Disability Resource Connection
Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
Division Director: Frances A. Benson
Phone: 908-527-4869 | Fax: 908-659-7410
Information & Referral: 908-527-4870
Toll Free: 888-280-8226
The ADRC plans, implements and coordinates services for Union County residents age 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.
Upcoming ASK Dates
Union County residents seeking information about services for senior adults age 60 and older can visit any of seven convenient Aging Services Kiosk (ASK) locations to speak with staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging. Through the ASK community outreach program, members of the staff travel throughout Union County providing information about services such as home delivered meals, respite care, home care, adult day care and support services for caregivers. Assistance with completing applications and forms is also provided. All Union County residents are welcome to attend any ASK event.
Monday, October 1
Westfield Public Library 550 E. Broad Street Westfield, 07090 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Thursday, October 4
Rahway Senior Center 1306 Esterbrook Avenue Rahway, 07065 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Monday, October 15
Clark Public Library 303 Westfield Avenue Clark, 07066 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Friday, October 19
Plainfield Public Library 800 Park Avenue Plainfield, 07060 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Monday, October 29
Summit Public Library 75 Maple Street Summit, 07901 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Tuesday, October 30
Union Public Library 1980 Morris Avenue Union, 07083 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
American Job Center
American Job Center Operator
Director: Elton Armady
Deputy Director: Perle Almeida
921 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
200 West Second Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
The American Job Center Operator manages the Union County American Job Centers, including the management and coordination of all workforce services with Union County workforce partners, as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Services include career counseling, training, and career advancement for residents and employers. Organizationally under the Office of the Director
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, truancy and runaway youth.
Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital of Union County
Division Director: Michael J. Flemming, RNC, LRC, LNHA
Address: 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
In-patient services for adults age 18 and older with a diagnosed mental illness.
Office Director: Farnia Bashaw, RN
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.
Office for the Disabled
Division Director: Leslie Gutierrez
Phone: 908-527-4807 | Relay Service: 711
Hours: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m; Monday thru Friday
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Outreach and Advocacy
Division of Outreach and Advocacy
Division Director: Maureen Segale-Glenn
Phone: 908-527-4811 Fax: 908-527-4875
The mission of the Division of Outreach and Advocacy is to raise awareness among residents of Union County government’s existing programs and services; to advocate in response to our citizens’ unmet human services needs; and, to respond to those needs with effective, accessible resources and services. Through collaboration with other government agencies, community based organizations, and private sector entities, the division provides outreach, advocacy, plus information and referral assistance to residents on topics such as women’s issues, LGBTQ resources, and programs and events for people with special needs.
Office on Women
Jennifer Erdos, Coordinator
Paratransit and the Route 22 Shuttle
Director: Kathy Carmello
Countywide transportation for seniors, veterans, the disabled and other income eligible residents. Organizationally under the Office of the Director.
Division of Planning
Division 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.
Division of Social Services
Division Director: Charles Gillon
343 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth 07207
Phone: 908-965-3706 | Fax: 908-965-2752
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 for children, Temporary Assistance 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.
Preparing for Your Visit to the Division of Social Services
Division of Youth Services
Division Director: Hawa Bonds
Phone: 908-558-2520 | Fax: 908-558-2540
Address: 288 N. Broad Street, Suite 3A, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Provides programs and services to prevent or reduce delinquently and at-risk behavior among youth, age 10 to 18 with some programs serving up to age 21.