Office of the Director

Frank L. Guzzo, 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) 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.

Office of Veteran Affairs
Office Director: Richard Thompson
Phone: 908-659-7407  |  Fax: 908-527-4172
Veterans’ Interment: 908-527-4717  |  Toll-Free Veterans Hotline: 866- 640-7115
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday- 8:30 am to 4:30pm
Location: 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, 4th floor Administration Building, Elizabeth, NJ 07207
UC-Hero Resource Website: Click here

Provides benefit claims counseling and information assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors. The office consists of certified veteran service officers who process various applications for those who are eligible for benefits from the Veterans Administration and other federal and state agencies. These benefits include compensation, pension, death, burial, health care and education. In order to process any claims please call the office to schedule an appointment.

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

Address: 1075 Edward Street, Linden, NJ 07036

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

Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital of Union County

Click here to view website.

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.

HIV & AIDS Services

Division Coordinator: Shanon Mettlen
Phone: 908-558-2572 | Fax: 908-527-4875
Address: 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, NJ 07207

Coordinates the Ryan White Treatment Extension Act and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) programs for Union County residents.  Services include but are not limited to emergency medical care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, medical and non-medical case management, emergency financial assistance for utilities and back rent, nutrition services, medical transportation, legal services, and long term rental assistance.

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: 888-280-8226  |  ADRC: 877-222-3737

Plans , implements and coordinates services for residents aged 60 and older .Implements 25 congregate lunch sites throughout the County serving hot lunch on weekdays. Arranges an array of services including home delivered meals, legal, health care, homemaking, housing, Paratransit, volunteer programs, adult day care and caregiver services.

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.

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Division of Youth Services
Darrell C. Hatchett, Director
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
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: William J. Smith, PASP Coordinator, 908-527-4840

Office on Women

Jennifer Erdos 908-527-4216 Fax 527-4875