Programs Administered by the Middlesex County Board of Social Services

The following is a list of services and programs that are available at our location. All of these services require that you meet the eligibility criteria established by the program. These descriptions are meant for informational purposes only. They are not to be used to determine eligibility or to disqualify anyone from receiving services. If you find yourself in need of any services please contact the agency in person for information.

Adult Protective Services

Boarding Home and Rooming House Services

Cash Assistance Adult (GA)

Cash Assistance Family (TANF)

Child Support

Children's Immunization Program

Food Stamps

Homeless Services

Investigative Department Medical Assistance Programs New Jersey Ease Refugee Resettlement Program



Adult Protective Services

For vulnerable adults who need protection and are unable to protect themselves or who need assistance in dealing with an abusive, neglectful or exploitative situation.

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Boarding Home and Rooming House Services

Investigates complaints of abuse, neglect and exploitation of residents of boarding homes, residential health care facilities, rooming houses and unlicensed facilities, as well as providing outreach services.

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Child Support and Paternity Program

The purpose of this program is to locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity, and establish and enforce support obligations. This includes medical support owed by non-custodial parents to their children and the spouse, or former spouse, with whom the children may reside. The program provides services to both public assistance and non-public assistance clients, including families who are receiving or formerly received assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Foster Care, and Medicaid programs, as well as any other families who apply for services. For more information visit the child support web site at www.njchildsupport.org.

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Children's Immunization Program

This program is a cooperative effort between the Middlesex County Heath Department and the Middlesex County Board of Social Services. The Immunization Program reviews immunization records and provides free immunizations to school age children who are residents of Middlesex County who do not have insurance coverage for shots. The hours are 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the New Brunswick office. Appointments are preferred. To make an appointment or if you have any questions, please call 732-745-3128. For more information visit the Middlesex County Health Department web site at www.co.middlesex.nj.us/publichealth/.

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Food Stamp Program

A federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which provides benefits to eligible households in order to increase their food purchasing power and improve the nutritional adequacy of the diets of low-income families. The Food Stamp Program helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Benefits can only be used for food such as breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish and poultry; dairy products and for plants and seeds to grow food to eat.

Households are issued a debit card that they can use like a credit card in approved stores. The amount of benefits an eligible household receives depends on the number of people in the household and the amount of income the household has. Each month approximately 6,000 households in Middlesex County participate in the Food Stamp Program. For more information visit the web site at
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/ or http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dfd.

Applications for the Food Stamp program can be completed via telephone. Please contact our Call Center at 732-745-3500 for further information.

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Cash Assistance Adult (GA)

Provides cash benefits, medical coverage and support services to individuals and couples with no dependent children. The Middlesex County Board of Social Services administers this program for all towns in Middlesex County except Plainsboro. Residents of Plainsboro must apply at their Municipal Welfare Office.
 

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Cash Assistance Family (TANF)

A public assistance program designed to help families move to self-sufficiency by offering them the following supports. For more information Click Here.

  • Cash Payments
  • Child Care Services
  • 24 Month Medicaid Extension
  • Housing Subsidies and Payment of Certain Work Expenses
  • Supplemental Work Support Program
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Career Advancement Vouchers
  • Child Support Services

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Homeless Services

Shelter and shelter related services for homeless clients eligible for Work First New Jersey General Assistance, Work First New Jersey Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income. This may include the payment of overdue rent, mortgage, or utility payments, and placement in temporary shelter.

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Investigative Department

The Investigative Department is responsible for maintaining program integrity in all eligibility programs offered by the Middlesex County Board of Social Services. All charges of fraudulent activity are investigated. If these charges are substantiated, the department's claims unit is responsible for calculating and collecting overpayments. When indicated, referrals to the appropriate law enforcement agency are made so that legal action can be initiated. Fraud complaints can be made by calling 732-745-3650, or by emailing dcutrone@xbp.dhs.state.nj.us. All calls or contacts remain confidential.

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Medical Assistance Programs

AIDS Community Care Alternative Program (ACCAP)
Provides home and community based services to individuals diagnosed with AIDS and needing nursing home care who choose to remain in the community. Services available to eligible individuals may include: private duty nursing, a personal care assistant, DYFS supervision, treatment homes, medical day care, hospice services, drug and narcotics abuse home treatment, and medical transportation.

Alternative Family Care (AFC)
A service provided for three or fewer persons who receive room and board, personal care and other health services in the home of an unrelated individual who has been approved and trained to provide the necessary care giving.

Assisted Living
Encourages the development of community based services rather than institutional programs. Its purpose is to help eligible individuals 21 and over remain in the community rather than be cared for in a long term care facility. The three assisted living sites are:

Comprehensive Personal Care Home (CPCH) A residential facility licensed to provide room and board and to assure that assisted living services are available when needed.

Assisted Living Residence (ALR) A residential facility which provides apartment style living and congregate dining and assures assisted living services are available when needed.

Assisted Living Program (ALP) A package of assisted living services to be provided by an agency. This is available only to individuals residing in publicly subsidized housing.

Caregivers Assistance Program (CAP)
The Caregiver Assistance Program is a program designed to provide services to individuals who would otherwise be at risk for placement in a long term care facility. The program supplements the assistance already provided by family, friends, the community and other agencies.

Eligible individuals must be either 65 years old or between 21 and 64 years old and disabled as defined by the Social Security Administration. Their financial eligibility is determined by Medicaid Community or Institutional Medicaid resource and income standards. Eligible individuals must reside in a home or an apartment that is not a licensed residential facility.

Services available to eligible individuals may include case management, respite care, homemaker services, environmental accessibility adaptations, personal emergency response systems, home delivered meal service, caregiver recipient training, social adult day care, special medical equipment and supplies, chore service and medical transportation.

Community Care Program for the Elderly and Disabled (CCPED)
This is a program created to help individuals remain in the community rather than be placed in a long-term care facility. It provides the services of case management, home health services, homemaker services, medical day care, social day care, medical transportation and prescriptions. Applicants must be eligible for Medicare or must have private medical insurance.

Hospice
Assists terminally ill individuals living in the community or in a nursing home. Clients must be eligible for Medicaid Only, New Jersey Care, the Waiver Programs, or TANF-related Medicaid. Services include nursing care, supervisory physician services and durable equipment and supplies.

Institutional Medicaid
An entitlement program for persons residing or expecting to reside in a hospital or Medicaid approved Nursing Facility for a minimum of thirty consecutive days. It pays for hospital, doctor, prescription drug, nursing home and many other health care benefits.

Medicaid
An entitlement program that provides health insurance for very low-income parents and children. It pays for hospital, doctor, prescription drug, nursing home and many other health care benefits.

Medicaid Only
An entitlement program that provides health insurance for very low-income individuals who are 65 and over, blind or disabled. It pays for hospital, doctor, prescription drug, nursing home and many other health care benefits.

Medically Needy
Provides limited medical coverage for those individuals whose income is above Federal guidelines for other programs, but who have extensive or ongoing medical bills. Program eligibility requirements may be met by the use of medical spend down, a method of using owed medical bills to offset income.

Eligible individuals include pregnant women, children under 21, adults over 65, blind and disabled individuals. Services include physician care, dental care, medical transportation, out patient clinic, laboratory, psychological services, durable medical equipment, x-rays, and hearing aids. Hospitalization and pharmaceuticals are excluded.

Medical Emergency Payment Program
Serves individuals over 65, the blind, the disabled, and pregnant women, or children under 21 years old who do not meet the alien requirements for other Medicaid programs. To be eligible, individuals must meet the other criteria for full Medicaid benefits. This program will pay for emergency care when given in a hospital, for a medical condition that occurs suddenly, with symptoms severe enough to cause serious health problems if immediate medical care is not provided. Labor and delivery is covered in any setting. Individuals must apply with the Middlesex County Board of Social Services within three months of the emergency in order for payment to be considered.

Medical Transportation
The Middlesex County Board of Social Services no longer provides Medical Transportation services. This task is now being handled by LogistiCare. Their telephone number is 1-866-527-9933. Please be advised that scheduling, arrangements and questions are directly handled by that organization.

Model Waiver Programs
Programs designed to help individuals, adults and children with multiple and extensive physical impairments remain in the community or return to the community rather than be cared for in an institutional setting. Beneficiaries shall meet financial eligibility criteria and meet, at a minimum, the nursing facility level of care criteria.

New Jersey Care
A program to help aged, blind, and disabled individuals, pregnant women and children under age 19 who meet the financial eligibility requirements. This program provides expanded eligibility for Medicaid.

New Jersey Family Care
Helps financially eligible children obtain health insurance to cover the cost of routine physician visits, prescriptions, hospitalizations, lab tests, x-rays, eyeglasses. and dental services. For more information visit the web site
www.njfamilycare.org.

New Jersey Workability
Provides an opportunity to purchase Medicaid coverage for persons with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65 who are working despite the presence of a disability and whose earnings would otherwise disqualify them for Medicaid coverage.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A community alternative for individuals 18 to 65 who are disabled by traumatic brain injury. The object of the program is to reintegrate and maintain the individual in the community. Provides full Medicaid benefits with the exception of nursing facility care. Eligible persons receive a variety of services through the assistance of a case manager.

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New Jersey Ease

New Jersey Ease is sponsored by state and county government. It gives seniors a single agency to contact for information about services and programs to meet their particular need and circumstances. New Jersey Ease staff can advise callers for which programs they may qualify as well as suggest alternative programs and agencies that may be able to assist them in obtaining needed services. For more information call 732-745-3500 or visit the web site at http://www.state.nj.us/health/senior/sanjease.shtml.

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Refugee Resettlement Program

Provides financial assistance to individuals and families who have been granted asylum by the United States Government from political or religious persecution, for 8 months after their entry into the country. Generally applicants apply for this program in one of our two offices.

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