Department of Human Services

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
ADRC: 877-222-3737

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.

Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) program

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.

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, January 7
Elizabeth Public Library – LaCorte branch
418 Palmer Street, Elizabeth, 07202
10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Wednesday, January 9
Cranford Public Library
224 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, 07016
10:00 – 12:00 noon

Thursday, January 10
Rahway Senior Center
Bi-lingual staff will be available at this site
1306 Esterbrook Avenue, Rahway, 07065
10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Monday, January 14
Clark Public Library
303 Westfield Avenue, Clark, 07066
10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Thursday, January 17
Garwood Public Library
411 Third Avenue, Garwood, 07027
10:00 – 12:00 noon

Friday, January 18
Mountainside Public Library
Constitution Plaza, Mountainside, 07092
10:00 – 12:00 noon

Monday, January 28
Summit Public Library
75 Maple Street, Summit, 07901
10:30 – 12:30

Tuesday, January 29
Union Public Library
1980 Morris Avenue, Union, 07083
11:30 am – 1:30 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

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, 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
Phone: 908-790-5300

In-patient services for adults age 18 and older with a diagnosed mental illness.

Immunization Center

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:
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

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 of LGBTQ Services

Danni Newbury, Coordinator
Phone: 908-527-4742

Office for People with Special Needs

Manuel Ramirez, Coordinator
Phone: 908-527-4781

Office on Women

Jennifer Erdos, Coordinator
Phone: 908-527-4216
Fax: 908-527-4875

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.

Social 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 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.

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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.

Youth 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.