Be Wary of COVID-19 Scams
County residents are advised to watch out for the following scams during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Contact tracing. Criminal scammers pretend to be contact tracers. The scammers send messages to potential victims saying they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19/coronavirus and need to click a link to learn more.
- Bail bond. A scammer will call a potential victim and say her or his grandchild has been arrested and ask for money for the child’s release. This type of scam is particularly dangerous, as the criminal will attempt to collect the money in person, directly from the victim.
- IRS scams. A scammer will call a potential victim and say they owe the government money and face being arrested if they do not pay.
- Stimulus checks. Scammers are calling and/or emailing individuals claiming to be from the Treasury Department, and offering expedited payments or assistance with obtaining an Economic Impact Payment.
Get more information on these scams, and be alert!
Updated List of Food Services
If you are in need of food during difficult times, use this list of available food services to get the resources you need. The list includes food pantries, volunteer shopper organizations, meal delivery services, and take-out meal services that serve Morris County residents. We will keep this list as up-to-date as possible.
2020 HUD Project Submission
Applicants for 2020 New, Renewal, and Coordinated Entry Project Submissions must attend a webinar on April 1 and submit their Notice of Intent by June 5. Get more information and apply.
Benefits During COVID-19 Outbreak
Updated 10/13/20: The Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance would like to encourage clients to apply online or by phone for enrollment to our programs. Please note, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the increase in applications, you may experience longer wait times in our response.
Attention SNAP recipients: If your case is due to be recertified in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, or October, and you were unable to get your paperwork in or complete your interview, your case will not be closed. You will receive your benefits on the usual day. Your case will be recertified at some point in the future, once this public health crisis has settled. In the meantime, you will continue to receive SNAP benefits.
Eligible SNAP recipients who receive food assistance through NJ SNAP will receive or have already received a higher benefit (maximum benefit amount for their family size) in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. This additional benefit was added to help address critical food needs related to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Ensuring you receive your benefits during this ongoing coronavirus concern is a top priority, so in an effort to make it easier for you to apply or receive your benefits, a number of temporary changes have been put in place regarding social services that are administered here at the Office of Temporary Assistance.
We are encouraging county residents who want to apply for SNAP food assistance, or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program to do so online at NJHelps.org. During this public health crisis, we can do interviews by phone, so you do not need to come into the office to apply for benefits.
Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients who are due for their case to be reviewed in March, April, May, June, July, August, or September, automatically will get a 60-day extension. You do not need to come into the office.
If you are a SNAP food assistance or a Work First New Jersey cash assistance client, you are not required to attend your work activity, unless you want to and the program is operating. This includes people who are applying for Work First New Jersey General Assistance and are in a work activity for 28 days while their application is being reviewed. No penalty will be assessed to you if you do not attend your work activity. Visit the State of NJ’s website for more information.
When you need to bring paperwork to the office, you can fax, mail or look for the drop box located in the foyer of the Main building. A staff person will be posted for any questions.
The Dover Office is closed to the public.
Changes to Online Medicaid Portal
The New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services has implemented new changes to its online portal to apply for all Medicaid programs. As of January 1, 2020, anyone needing to apply for Medicaid should apply directly to NJ Family Care. This new portal will allow participants to complete their Medicaid application online and upload required documents via smartphone, tablet or PC. Participants can easily check on the status of their Medicaid application online as well as receive electronic notifications.
To utilize this portal, participants must be able to provide an email address at the time of application. It is estimated that the application can be completed in 10 minutes. Although participants can still visit our local offices to complete their Medicaid application, we encourage participants to utilize the new portal as it should result in a quicker processing of your case.
Morris County Urges Residents to Report Social Security Phone Scams
The Morris County Department of Human Services is urging county residents to take advantage of a new dedicated online form set up by the federal government at https://oig.ssa.gov to report Social Security-related scams.
These scams, in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported Social Security number problems, skyrocketed over the past year to become the number one type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and the Social Security Administration.
Human Services Administrative Office New Location
Effective August 6, 2019, the Human Services Administrative Office will be moving from the Morris View Healthcare Center and relocating to the Central Avenue Complex, 1 Medical Drive, Morris Plains. Our emails, phone numbers and fax number will remain the same. Get directions to all Human Services offices.
Navigating Hope – Bringing Services to You
Don’t know where to start? Navigating Hope brings services to you. Navigating Hope will offer on-site benefits eligibility screenings and application assistance, as well as linkage to other community services. Learn more about this new mobile outreach initiative!
New and Improved Veterans Page
Morris County veterans: Take a look at our brand new Veterans page. We’ve included information that you requested, including the Morris County Veterans ID program, how to apply for a distinguished service medal, information about veterans organizations in Morris County, and more!
Have any comments or concerns? Please send us your feedback.
NJSave – New One-Stop, Online Application for Older New Jerseyans to Access Benefits
The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Aging Services has launched NJSave, a new online application to help older residents with low-incomes and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses.
NJSave allows individuals to use a single online application to check their eligibility for various savings and assistance programs, such as Medicare Savings Programs, which help eligible individuals pay their Medicare premiums and copays; New Jersey’s Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), which helps save money on prescription drug costs; and the Lifeline Utility Assistance Program.
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Morris County ID Card Program
A partnership of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Department of Human Services
We provide Morris County Identification Cards for Morris County residents ages 18 – 54 who may not have a driver’s license or just want another form of identification. These cards are used for identification purposes only and may not be accepted by certain agencies that require a state ID (such as a driver’s license). Get more information and apply for an ID card.