Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2019

New Survey Aims to Improve Services in Union County

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all residents to participate in a new survey about the different needs of individuals and families living in Union County. The new “Needs Assessment” survey will help Union County plan for service improvements ranging from recreation and the arts to education, housing, and health care.

“The new survey is a valuable part of the long term planning toolkit, and we encourage all residents to take a few moments to provide their insights,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “Practically everyone who lives in Union County either uses or could benefit from the wide range of public services provided through County government.”

The survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential. Residents can access the survey online from now through Thursday, October 31, at the Union County Department of Human Services website, ucnj.org/dhs-survey.

The online survey is designed for use on all computers including smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

Residents who prefer to fill out the survey by hand can obtain a hard copy through the mail, from now through Thursday, October 31, by calling the Department of Human Services Action Line at 908-558-2288.

In the survey, participants can indicate if they need or use popular community services including arts, music, and sporting events, or seasonal festivals and other community celebrations. They can also indicate their use of many different individual services including parenting classes, mentoring, opportunities for volunteering, anger management, help in dealing with bias, legal assistance, affordable child care, early education, home delivered meals, and more.

The survey also focuses on areas related to health including insurance and affordable care, transportation to appointments (Paratransit), respite care, suicide prevention, home care, prevention education, people with special needs, domestic violence, substance abuse services and recovery support, access to Medicare/Medicaid, treatment for mental health, and hospice services.

In addition, residents using or needing educational services can indicate their use of tutoring and homework help, support for special needs students, GED classes, computer skills training, English as a second language, computer skills, trade schools, career development, and more.

Safety and financial security services covered by the survey include help with home energy costs and weatherization, repair costs, access for people with disabilities, rental assistance, assistance with mortgages and other issues involved in home ownership, tax guidance, homelessness prevention, and more.

Other services included in the survey involve neighborhood safety and quality of life, services for veterans, and more.

For additional information about the survey contact Karen Dinsmore, Assistant Director, Union County Department of Human Services, 908-527-4809 or kdinsmore@ucnj.org.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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