The Role We Play
We will provide you with information, give you referral options, and help to link you to publicly funded community services for youth at risk. With oversight of the Freeholder appointed Human Services Advisory Council and Youth Services Advisory Committee, we also act as service system and client advocates when needed.
The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders provides funding for many community-based services.
Call 973-285-6851 or 973-285-6850 if you need assistance.
Talking to Children about Violence
Mental health professionals in Morris County want parents, educators and other caregivers to know that information is available to assist them in making children feel safe in the wake of high profile incidents of violence, especially in schools.
Laurie Becker, Morris County Mental Health Administrator, said the National Association of School Psychologists has several publications on its website that offer suggestions on how to talk to children after occurrences such as the school shootings in Connecticut, and also how to make sure caregivers maintain their own well-being.
Promotes financial and medical security for all New Jersey children in need of support. For the general public, it helps to locate non-custodial parents and to review all existing child support orders. Together with Family Court, it provides for genetic testing in all contested paternity matters. For TANF and AFDC Medicaid applicants, cooperation with CSP is required as a first step for eligibility unless the applicant is a victim of domestic violence. CSP provides a full range of services including establishing paternity, locating absent parents, establishing support orders, making information available to consumer credit agencies regarding delinquent parents, and the imposition of liens against real and personal property. It also provides genetic testing, and complaint initiation in local and out-of-State courts. Collection and enforcement of established orders are referred to the appropriate County Probation Department.
- Child Care Centers
- Children with Behavioral Health Issues
- Children with Disabilities
- “It Shouldn’t Hurt to Be a Child: Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” (presentation)
The Morris County Juvenile Firesetter Program is available to all Morris County children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
Goals include providing fire safety to all children, adolescents and adults, coordinating a multi-disciplinary program that addresses the multi-faceted problem of juvenile firesetting, decreasing the number of incidents of new fire-sets, reducing the risk of recidivism and to provide a safer community.
Provides monthly cash subsidies for children living with individuals who are kinship legal guardians raising a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Kinship Caregivers may also receive help with childcare costs and other services.
The Office of Temporary Assistance administers both Community and Institutional Medicaid programs, providing benefits to financially and medically eligible families and individuals.
Provides medical benefits to individuals or children whose income and/or resources are above the Medicaid Only eligibility level, but who cannot afford health care themselves. Applicants whose resources are too high when they apply will be allowed to “spend down” until they become eligible. Services are similar to those covered by Medicaid, with certain limitations. Services include physician, dentist, independent clinics, hearing aids, medical supplies and equipment, lab and x-ray, eye glasses, medical transportation, home health services, personal care assistance, services, medical day care psychologist, optometrist, artificial limbs, and outpatient hospital. In addition, pregnant women are entitled to inpatient hospital, podiatry, chiropractic and prescribed drugs. Needy children are entitled to prescribed drugs, and the elderly, blind or disabled are entitle to podiatry and medical day care services.
Free or low cost health insurance for uninsured children 19 years old or younger through participating HMO’s. Service include doctor visits, hospitalizations, lab tests, x-rays, eyeglasses, mental health services, prescription drugs and dental care for most children. Eligibility is based on monthly income and household size, and no one is turned down due to pre-existing conditions. Apply at Office of Temporary Assistance, download an application from www.njfamilycare.org, or call 1-800-701-0710.
- NJ Children’s System of Care (formerly the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services)
- NJ Department of Children and Families
- Teen Tip Book
- Youth Services Directory