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Adult Protective Services Program

This program provides services to vulnerable adults 18 years of age and older, residing in the community, who are the subject of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation, and are unable to protect themselves. Social workers provide assessments, care plans, and work with legal interventions to protect clients.

After Hours Special Response Program

This program is Board's after-hours 24-hour response program. The program responds to adults and families who are experiencing a social emergency such as homelessness, or who may be in need of emergent adult protective services. The program is funded by the Ocean County Board of Social Services, the Office of Senior Services (Title III B Services to the Elderly), and the Social Services for the Homeless Grant.

Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Support Group

There are two monthly support groups for family members, friends, and professionals dealing with people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The groups provide information on current research and, upon the request of participants, provides speakers to discuss various topics.

Care Management/Respite

This program is funded by the Office of Senior Services, Older American Act Title III E. The program provides residential maintenance and physical health services including minor home repairs and modifications, ramp installation, and Personal Emergency Response buttons to adults age 60 and over. Services are provided to eligible adults who have an unpaid caregiver and whose health and safety are threatened because they cannot perform activities of daily living and/or are at risk of institutional placement.

The In-Home Caregiver Education Program is a component of the Care Management/Respite program which provides one-on-one education to enhance caregiver ability and effectiveness. Instruction is provided in the home environment to caregivers of persons over age 60 that have a chronic disability or illness. The caregiver must be an unpaid primary caregiver who either lives with the care recipient or visits regularly to assist with managing life activities. The program may provide up to five visits by professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, or licensed clinical social workers for counseling. There are no income eligibility guidelines for these programs.

Case Management for the Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC)

The purpose of the JACC Program is to allow elderly persons in need of nursing home level of care to remain in their own homes as long as possible with supportive services provided by the program. Care managers work in collaboration with participants and their families to coordinate and implement services for eligible individuals. The JACC Program is accessed through the Ocean County Office of Senior Services.

Child Support & Paternity - Parent Locator

This program provides services to the general public which include parent location, genetic testing to establish paternity, and modification of child support orders. In addition, the program establishes court orders for child support and medical coverage on behalf of public and nonpublic assistance recipients. Court orders for support and medical coverage are established through the Superior Court and are enforced by county probation departments with the assistance of the county sheriff. Children referred by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency are also eligible for child support services.

Comprehensive Care Management for Seniors (CCMS)

This program provides case management services to Ocean County residents 60 years of age and older without regard to income. Case management services include identifying the needs of the individual, evaluating options and services, and assisting with implementing and coordinating those services. This is a collaborative program between the Ocean County Board of Social Services and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services.

Friendship Corner

Located in the Northern Ocean County Resource Center in Lakewood, Friendship Corner is a drop-in center developed to meet the recreational, social, and educational needs of boarding home residents by providing therapeutic recreational programming. It is open Monday through Friday between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, games, films, exercises, guest speakers, current and cultural events, club meetings, field trips, monthly entertainment, the annual Boarding Home Festival, Christmas party and Thanksgiving dinner.

Holiday Dinner

Requests are received from concerned individuals, businesses, clergy, and other organizations for the names of individuals and families who would welcome a donated gift or food for their holiday meal. Clients authorize Board to give their names to donors.

Homeless/Homeless Prevention Services

Board administers a number of time-limited programs to aid persons who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Board provides emergency temporary housing. Help may be available from the agency through a variety of grants and funding streams whether or not persons are receiving public assistance and in some cases may provide security deposits, back rent or mortgage assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure. A small number of rent subsidy slots may be available to certain households. Other services such as food and transportation are also provided. All cases are screened and referred to all other resources. Persons may be assisted on an emergent basis through the After Hours Special Response Program. The program is available on a 24-hour basis. Funding is limited so assistance is not always available for all programs.

OCBSS Responsibility in Rooming and Boarding House Act of 1979

Board is responsible for coordinating the investigation of all complaints pertaining to rooming and boarding houses, as well as residential health care facilities throughout Ocean County. Allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of residents of these facilities are investigated directly by this department. Outreach to provide information on available services is performed every six months to boarding homes and residential health care facilities and every twelve months to rooming houses as required by the Rooming and Boarding House Act of 1979.

Personal Assistance Services Program

This program provides attendant care services to physically disabled individuals. Applicants must reside in New Jersey, be age 18 - 70, have a permanent physical disability, and be capable of self-direction and supervision of an attendant. Services provided enable disabled adults to be employed, prepare for employment and volunteer, and/or live independently.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program RSVP

This is a national program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Social Services. The purpose of RSVP is to create meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals aged 55 and over and to help meet identified service needs in the community.