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

Melissa Lespinasse, Assistant Director
Phone: 908-527-4862 | 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.

Union County Community Needs Assessment Questionnaire

Union County is interested in better understanding the needs of the individuals and families in the County, and is requesting your input. We value the feedback of our residents, and are hoping that you will share your thoughts with us. This information will help us work to assess what services are needed, what improvements in services might be needed, and how the human service needs of Union County residents could be better met. Take the Survey online now.

UCDHS Action Line

or 908-558-2288
Services for Seniors 888-280-8226

Listening. Advocating

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that residents can call the new DHS Action Line at 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288 for rapid, personal assistance with any question, complaint or concern about services provided by the Department of Human Services. An email option is also available at  Learn more. En Espanol.

Division on Aging

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
Website: Click here

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.

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
Phone: 908-965-3868

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Last appointment is 4:00 pm

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. The clinic is operated by the Division of Social Services, DHS.

Outreach and Advocacy

Division of Outreach and Advocacy

Maureen Segale-Glenn, Director
Phone: 908-527-4838

Elizabeth Sebring, Assistant Director
Phone: 908-527-4890

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 service’s 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 and information and referral services.

Office of Human Services Constituent Relations

Union County Department of Human Services (UCDHS) Action Line
888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288

Michele Antunes
Phone: 908-527-4540

The DHS Action Line (DAL) offers residents, as well as others, including advocates and community based organizations, quick and easy access to knowledgeable specialists who answer questions and resolve concerns and complaints regarding services provided through the DHS


Contracts Unit

Renee Goldstein
Phone: 908 527-4830

The Contracts Unit processes all contracts with community based organizations and vendors for the Department of Human Services. Contract staff ensure that all contracts met regulatory requirements set by the funding source (state and federal government) and the County of Union. 

Independent Monitoring Unit

Diane Jakubowski
Phone: 908-527-4836

The Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) monitors all contracts awarded through the Department of Human Services.  On-site visits and reviews are planned and executed on a regular basis.  Reports and corrective actions are drafted and tracked to ensure contract compliance.

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.

Individual & Family Support Services

Division of Individual & Family Support Services

Division Director: Christina M. Topolosky
Phone: 908-527-4839 / 908-527-4842

Within the Division we provide 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.

We are responsible for grants management and/or direct service provision for the program areas of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Mental Health Services, Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, Rape Crisis Center, Homeless Assistance/Support Services, and Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs.  The Division staffs various Freeholder appointed advisory boards that provide oversight and guidance for the various grant funded service delivery systems.

Within the Division there are 5 subdivisions/units: Office on the Homeless and Housing Continuum of Care, Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, Rape Crisis Center and Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs.  More information about each area can be found on the various websites below:

Human Services Advisory Council

Office on the Homeless and Housing Continuum of Care Unit

Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse

Intoxicated Driver Resource Center

Rape Crisis Center

Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs

Social Services

Division of Social Services
Division Director: Charles Gillon

Elizabeth Location
343 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth 07207
Phone: 908-965-2700 | 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: 1143-1145 East Jersey Street, 4th Floor  Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Provides programs and services to support families, promote overall youth well-being, prevent or reduce delinquency and at-risk behavior among youth age 10 to 18, with some programs serving up to age 24.