The services below are those provided by Morris County. Services by outsides agencies (such as other governments and non-profits) are listed by category.
Adult Employment & Training Services
1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880
Career development and employment services are provided to the following individuals:
- Dislocated / Unemployed / Underemployed
- General Assistance (GA) Services / Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) / Food Stamps
Services are as follows:
- Orientation and enrollment into the One Stop System
- Job Search/Job Matching, Employment Orientations
- Soft Skills, including job readiness, dealing with employer conflict, negotiating a salary, dress for success, phone skills, responding to a job offer and workplace readiness
- One-on-one career counseling and planning
- Development of an Individual Employment Plan (IEP)
- Barrier Assessment: This specialized testing assesses barriers that will affect the client’s success. Results of the testing is discussed with the client to develop an agreed upon strategy for success.
- Additional assistance can be provided to special needs populations such as:
- non-English speaking
- General Assistance/GA, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/TANF and Food Stamps/SNAP
- basic skills deficiency
- older workers
All of these services are available to any person visiting the Employment & Training Services Office.
For more information, please call:
Morris Plains: (800) 870-3478 / (973) 285-6880
Randolph: (862) 397-5600 x 3975735 / (862) 397-5600
Newton: (973) 383- 1048 / (973) 383-2775
Phillipsburg: (908) 859-3220 / (908) 859-0400
Adult Protective Services (APS)
Morris County Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.
A vulnerable adult is defined as a person 18 years of age or older who resides in a community setting and who, because of a physical or mental illness, disability or deficiency, lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make, communicate, or carry out decisions concerning his or her well-being.
- Abuse: the willful infliction of physical pain, injury, or mental anguish, unreasonable confinement, or the willful deprivation of services which are necessary to maintain a person’s physical and mental health.
- Sexual abuse: any sexual activity where the vulnerable adult does not consent or is incapable of resisting or declining consent due to disability or fear of retributions or hardship.
- Neglect: an act or failure to act by a vulnerable adult’s caretaker which results in the inadequate provision of care necessary to maintain the health of the vulnerable adult, putting him or her at risk of serious or life threatening injury.
- Self neglect: the result of a vulnerable adult’s inability, due to physical and/or mental impairments or diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care tasks, putting him or her at risk of serious or life threatening injury.
- Exploitation: the act of illegally using the person or resources of a vulnerable adult for another person’s profit or advantage.
NJ State Law has deemed health care professionals, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics/emergency medical technicians as mandatory reporters. Any of these professionals with reasonable cause to believe that a vulnerable adult is the subject of abuse, neglect, or exploitation shall report the information to the county APS provider.
Adults who need home based services alone are not considered vulnerable. These individuals can be referred for care management services.
If you have questions or would like to make a referral, please call 973-326-7282.
Trained staff assist women who need help due to domestic violence. Staff works in conjunction with the Jersey Battered Women’s Service in providing social services to this population. For information or help, contact the Social Services Intake Unit at 973-829-8264 or JBWS hotline at 973-267-4763.
Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment Program
Covers services required during treatment for breast or cervical cancer for citizens under age 65 who have been screened for breast or cervical cancer through the Federal Centers for Disease Control and found to need such treatment, and who do not have any type of health coverage whatsoever.
1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880
Staff assistance is provided to define and solve problems of occupational choice, change, or adjustment. Labor market information is provided to help in preparing an Employability Development Plan which outlines the steps to be followed to reach employment goals.
Caregiver Support Project
The Caregiver Support Project is an initiative of the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Community Programming in partnership with United Way of Morris County and the Caregivers Coalition of Morris County, to support the County’s family caregivers. The Caregiver Support Project is designed to help caregivers access the services needed for their loved ones and themselves. Resources can be found in the Caregiver Resource Directory.
The Project goes beyond information and referral to help the caregiver with problem solving, advocacy, and support to sustain them in their caregiving role.
The assistance of the Caregiver Coordinator can be accessed by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Connection number: 1-800-564-4656 or by visiting the Aging, Disabilities and Veterans office.
Visit the United Way of Morris County website for information on the Caregiver Coalition of Morris County and other caregiver initiatives.
Child Support and Paternity (CSP)
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.
Disabled Adult Children Medicaid
Provides protection of Medicaid for individuals at least 18 years of age who have become disabled or blind prior to reaching age 22; and who have been receiving Supplement Security Income (SSI); and who have lost SSI as a result of receipt of the child’s insurance benefits under Social Security or an increase in those benefits on or after July 1, 1987.
Disabled Widows/Widowers Benefits
Provides Medicaid to blind or disabled persons who lose SSI eligibility because they receive Social Security Widows/Widowers benefits at age 60 from the claim of a deceased spouse, and who are not eligible for Medicare Part A. The program disregards the Widow’s/Widower’s benefits to make them eligible for Medicaid. This service does not apply to those who are institutionalized.
The Morris County Office for the Disabled provides:
- Community Outreach & Education
- Information & Referral
- Disability & Oxygen Emblem application
- NJ Motor Vehicle License and/or placards for persons with disabilities application & placard checklist
- NJ Division of Disability Services
- NJ State Library – Outspoken Libraries
- NJ State Library – Talking Book & Braille Center application
- Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP)
- Disabilities Transportation Plan
For further information or services, please call our Disabilities Coordinator at (973) 285-6855.
Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC) Team
Trained, credentialed crisis responders who provide emotional support and community information in the aftermath of an overwhelming disaster. The DRCC team is included in the Morris County Emergency Operations Plan, Mental Health Annex.
Early Employment Initiative (EEI)
Offers intensive job search services to potential TANF applicants, assisting them to obtain employment that will keep them from going on public assistance. EEI participants receive a support payment while they are involved in the job search.
Education and Training
Assists WorkFirst New Jersey participants to obtain education or training with the goal of self-sufficiency and self-support.
The mission of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development is to build a stronger workforce that meets the demands and needs of New Jersey business. The Morris/Sussex/Warren One-Stop Career Centers support existing employers who need to hire, test and recruit new employees. The Centers also provide assistance to new employers by providing current labor market information.
Available services through the One-Stop Career Center / Employment & Training Services:
- Recruit qualified workers
- Train your employees
- Access industry and labor market information
- Navigate One-Stop Career Center programs and services
Employers wishing to identify skilled workers for employment opportunities can visit the “Businesses” section of Jobs4Jersey.com website.
Employment & Training Services
1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880
Assists youth (ages 16-24) and adult works with workforce preparation and career development services. Available programs provide high quality employment and training services that address the needs of individuals in need of training, retraining, and skills upgrades. Services help in moving workers into career pathways to prepare more workers to enter into and advance in good jobs in high growth and emerging occupations.
Emergency food for persons in need is available during normal business hours. Volunteers help maintain a food pantry at 340 West Hanover Avenue, deliver/distribute food, stock shelves, provide and distribute food donations. For more information call 973-326-7264.
General Assistance (GA)
A state funded cash assistance program for single individuals and childless couples. Like TANF recipients, individuals may also receive Food Stamps and limited medical services. The Office of Temporary Assistance handles GA from all Morris County municipalities.
Home Delivered Meals On Wheels / Nutrition Project
The Morris County Nutrition Project provides hot nutritious meals, education, and personal interaction through three components: Congregate Meals, Home Delivered Meals, and Weekend Meals. The Project served 509,669 meals in 2011.
The Project currently operates fifteen Nutrition Sites throughout Morris County. Along with a noontime meal, Midday Friendship Centers are open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and offer recreational, social, and educational activities. View our calendar and map of locations.
Some activities include line dancing, bingo, movies, sing-alongs, arts and crafts, guest speakers, parties, health screenings and educational programs tailored to the elderly.
Home-delivered Meals (also known as Meals on Wheels) and weekend meals are available for elderly and disabled who are homebound. The delivery of meals is provided through a network of paid employees and volunteer drivers. Call (800) 564-4656.
Morris County participates in the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program. This statewide program provides low-income seniors with vouchers to purchase fresh produce at designated Farmers Markets in Morris County.
1-800-640-9783 (Homeless Hotline)
Preventive services to keep low-income individuals and families in their own homes, if possible, or to provide temporary shelter if they are homeless until they can be relocated to permanent quarters. Social workers work with the individual/family to help them relocate into affordable housing. Housing may be saved with back payments of rent, mortgage, utilities, or a time-limited subsidy. The customer needs to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing after the assistance is given. Other services include transportation, food, and medical needs.
If the individual/family does not have a social worker or is unsure who their worker is, they should contact the Intake Unit (973-829-8264) to request services. OTA maintains a 24-hour Homeless Hotline 1-800-640-9783, for people experiencing housing emergency.
Information and Referral
Provides information about community resources, referral to services provided by community resources, and follow-up.
Jobs4Jersey™ provides job seekers with many of the tools needed to find a job and take the next step to a successful career. Once your resume is entered into Jobs4Jersey’s resume system “NJ OnRamp”, the system will analyze your specific qualifications and use its intelligence to match jobs that fit your profile. Jobs4Jersey provides all the real-time information and job matching services that you need to succeed in a challenging job market. It provides:
- Resume development and makeover capability
- Automatic/real-time job matches based on your career interests
- Ability to search real-time job postings by geographic location
- Job Alerts to a specified email address
Job Seeker Services
1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880
Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment & Training Services provides a wide range of job seeker services for individuals laid off due to company closings or downsizings. Skills assessment and employment counseling services are available through our One-Stop Career Centers located Morris Plains, Dover, Franklin, Newton and Phillipsburg, NJ.
Learn more employment services offered through the Morris/Sussex/Warren Counties One-Stop Career Centers.
Juvenile Firesetter Prevention Program
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.
A referrer should fill out the Firesetter Program application.
After the referral form is filled out, the child’s parent/guardian will be sent a consent form, which can be signed and returned online.
Kinship Care Subsidy Program
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.
Medically Needy Program
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.
Medicaid Emergency Services for Aliens
Provides emergency only medical treatment for immigrants who are not resident aliens.
Morris Area Paratransit System (MAPS)
The Morris Area Paratransit System (MAPS) is Morris County’s curb to curb transportation service for senior citizens (60 years of age or older), people with disabilities, veterans, and the general public who reside in rural areas of the county.
For regular weekday trips, you must call at least 48 hours in advance. MAPS will schedule appointments up to one month in advance. For the best chance of getting transportation when you want it, riders should call or e-mail at least a week in advance, since there is a big demand.
Voluntary Donations help pay the cost of each MAPS ride. Voluntary Donations:
- General Ridership
- $1.00 per round trip
- For transportation to employment:
- $1.00 per round trip or $20.00 per month (for community employment)
- $0.50 per round trip or $10.00 per month (Employment Horizons or other shelter workshops)
If you have a question regarding MAPS, call (973) 829-8103 or (888) 282 6277.
The County of Morris is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from, or denied, the benefits of our services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Any person who believes that they have, individually, or as a member of any specific class of persons, been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, may file a complaint in writing to the County of Morris, Personnel Office PO Box 900, Morristown NJ 07963.
Navigating Hope, a mobile outreach initiative designed to provide social services, is a partnership between the Morris County Department of Human Services and Family Promise of Morris County. It is a complimentary service to the Hope One van, which provides mobile mental health and addiction services across our county, Navigating Hope will offer on-site benefits eligibility screenings and application assistance, as well as linkage to other community services.
New Jersey Cares for Kids
Provides assistance with the costs of child care for working families with low to moderate incomes for children from birth through 12 years of age. Single parents or both parents in two parent families must be employed 30 or more hours per week. Caregivers selected by parent(s) must be approved, registered or licensed and meet State requirements. There is currently a waiting list for this service.
New Jersey Family Care
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.
New Jersey Workability
Medical assistance available to permanently physically or mentally disabled individuals between age 16 and 64 who are employed either full-time or part-time and receive Social Security Disability.
On-the-Job Training (OJT)
“On-the-Job Training” (OJT) is a 100% federally-funded program targeted toward employers to help defray their training costs when hiring laid-off or ‘dislocated’ workers. This program is a great opportunity for employers to hire new employees while minimizing their overall training costs.
In addition, employees can “Earn While They Learn”, through full-time employment and get benefits offered to other employees performing same/similar work.
One-Stop Career Centers
1-800-870-2478 / 973-285-6880
Are you looking for a job? New Jersey One-Stop Career Centers are the place to start and offer services (free of charge) to help you develop skills needed to succeed in a 21st century work environment.
The Centers are staffed with qualified professionals who can assist with obtaining employment or jobs skills training needed to meet the demands of our present workforce. Employment counselors can help explore career options relating to your interests and abilities, and will help you explore occupations that best utilize your skills in the current job market.
The One-Stop Career Centers also offer educational training programs in vocational and trade schools, on-site skills training at the One-Stop, on-the-job training with local employers, or on-line computer-based training programs.
Computers, phones, photocopiers and fax machines are available to assist with your job search!
Locations of One-Stop Career Centers / Employment and Training Services:
7 Hampton House Road, Sussex County Mall – Route 206, Newton, NJ – (973) 383-2775
75 South Main St, Phillipsburg, NJ – (908) 859-0400
Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP)
What is the Personal Assistance Services Program?
PASP is a program intended to enable permanently disabled adults to work, attend school or engage in a volunteer activity within the community. Assistance services differs from traditional home health services in that they are consumer directed, supervised, and are considered to be a social, rather than a health care service.
The Office of Temporary Assistance may provide one-time prescription assistance while a client awaits the receipt of Medicaid or other prescription support programs.
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMBP)
Pays Medicare Part B premium for individuals who qualify for New Jersey Care Medicaid. Eligible individuals are entitled to Medicaid coverage for the cost of their Medicare coinsurance and deductible charges (subject to normal Medicaid reimbursement policies), as well as Medicare Part B premiums.
One Month Back Rent, First month’s Rent or Security Deposit may be provided to clients who present at the agency homeless or in danger of homelessness and with financial hardships. Assistance is based on future affordability and proof that there was a hardship within the home that prohibited the client from paying the rent. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs. Currently, OTA does not have funding to assist clients with ongoing rental assistance.
Provides financial support for WFNJ recipients or WFNJ-eligible individuals while attending college. There is a limited number of slots for this program.
Social Service Intake
Full range of social services available by calling 973-829-8264. Anyone with an identified problem such as housing, medical needs, financial needs, transportation or personal problems may receive help. Target populations are vulnerable adults or families experiencing housing, financial, child rearing, or mental health problems. Social workers do an initial needs assessment, screen for program eligibility, give information and referrals, and provide short-term services such as links with shelters, back rent/mortgage assistance, utility and relocation assistance. Individuals/families with on-going needs are assigned to the appropriate service unit.
Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program (SLMB, SLMB Q1, SLMB Q1-2)
Pay Medicare Part B premiums for individuals whose incomes are too high to qualify them for New Jersey Care Medicaid Program. Individuals’ annual income must fall below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level and the individual must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B to be eligible. Call 1-800-792-9745.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
COVID-19 Update: If your case is due to be recertified in March or April 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. Read more about SNAP benefits during COVID-19.
Provides assistance for food purchases to single individuals or persons who live together and purchase and prepare food together. The program considers the household members’ incomes and selected expenses. In many cases an application can be made by mail or telephone without the necessity of an office visit. Benefits are issued through an electronic benefit system which has eliminated the need for coupons or stamps, and are automatically transferred into a customer’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account at the beginning of each month.
Applications on MyNJHelps.org
Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Families (SAIF)
1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880
For individuals who have reached the 5-year limit for cash assistance and do not qualify for an exemption, SAIF provides cash assistance and support services such as child care and transportation for up to 24 months.
To qualify, individuals must:
- Cooperate with all WorkFirst NJ requirements
- Have experienced family/domestic violence
- Be medically incapable or deferred from participating in work-related activities for 12 months or longer
- Be deferred due to illness
- Be six (6) or more months pregnant
- Have lost job through no fault of your own, or due to problems with child care or transportation
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Provides financial assistance to parents and/or relatives or legal guardians who meet the income guidelines caring for a child up to age 18, or age 19 if graduating high school by their 19th birthday, or age 21 if in a specialized education program. Many recipients are also eligible for Food Stamps and Medicaid.
Training (Job Skills)
1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880
Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment & Training Services (ETS) is dedicated to delivering and enhancing education and training services to its clients to address a wide range of skill set needs of workers in the 21st century. ETS offers state and federally-funded training programs, up to $4,000 to build confidence, competence and knowledge with the goal of improving the client’s individual marketability to potential employers.
- Before a person can access any type of training services, the client must participate in a Training Module facilitated by a qualified Employment Counselor.
- Training Modules are offered in group settings and define all of the services provided by Employment & Training Services and how to access those services.
Emergency Utility Assistance is available to clients who are in need of a one-time payment to their utility company and have received a shutoff notice. There is a maximum dollar amount that OTA can assist with, but the ultimate goal is to avoid shut off or restore service when possible. Clients will be seen by a social worker in the office to better assess their needs.
The Veterans Services Office provides information and assistance to honorably discharged Morris County Veterans and their families in obtaining VA benefits and entitlements.
Ken Brenzel, Veterans Service Officer
540 West Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
The Veteran Services Officer can help:
- File claims for VA service-connected disability compensation, VA pension, discharge review, records correction, retrieval of lost records, apply for military medals earned.
- Provide information and referrals for education, veterans insurance, VA home loans, VA Healthcare, Veterans Memorial Homes or VA Nursing Home, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
- Make referrals to appropriate organizations and agencies for community-based services.
- Provide outreach to homebound Veterans and visit Morris County Veterans residing in medical centers and nursing homes.
- Outreach to homeless Veterans and connect them to services provided by County, State, and Federal Veterans Affairs.
- Provide referrals for job assistance and training.
- Assist with obtaining transportation for appointments with the Veteran Services Officer or for medical assistance at VA medical facilities.
- Applications for the Morris County Freeholders Distinguished Military Service Medal awarded to honorably discharged Morris County Veterans of the United States Military.
The Veterans Service Officer is responsible for recording the location of graves of Morris County Veterans. The office provides flags each year to decorate those graves on Memorial Day.
The Office also awards medals to veterans or family members of veterans who served during a United States war period. Download the Morris County Distinguished Service Medal Application.
Read the Veterans Resource Directory for additional information.
You can also call the Morris County Aging & Disability Resource Connection, toll-free: (800) 564-4656
WorkFirst New Jersey
1-800-870-3478 / 973-285-6880
The state’s welfare reform program, WorkFirst NJ, emphasizes work as the first step toward building a new life and a brighter future. Our goal is to help people get off welfare, secure employment and become self-sufficient, through job training, education and work activities.
Training and career development support is available to individuals on public assistance (General Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and SNAP/Food Stamps). Services include, but are not limited to; case management, intensive career counseling, job search skills training, occupational training, job placement assistance and other support services to individuals on public assistance.
Child care and transportation assistance can be provided while attending approved activities, and for a 24-month post-TANF employment period to individuals on public assistance.
Youth Training Services
1-800-870-3478 or 973-829-8511
Provides remedial education, labor market and career information, and job placement assistance to those aged 16 through 24.
Counseling, life skills/job skills training, work experience, HSE/GED preparation and basic education, mentoring, tutoring, and other supportive services are offered through various public and non-profit agencies.
Note: Do not contact the Shelter directly regarding job opportunities – please refer to the County Job Listings page.
Provides transitional care until permanent placement is arranged for adolescents determined by a family court judge to be “in crisis”
Constructs individual plans with DYFS, Probation, local school districts and other community agencies to address problem areas identified by the court
Length of stay based time it takes to create and activate an individual’s plan
Length of stay is typically less than 30 days but can be longer
Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by counselors specializing in adolescence
Provides services to more than 100 adolescents and their families annually