Social and Support Programs
Adult Protective Services Program

This provides services to vulnerable adults, 18 years of age and older, who are subject of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation and are unable to protect themselves. Social workers provide risk assessments, care plans, and work with legal staff to protect clients. Surrogate protections such as guardianships are arranged.

Alzheimers & Related Dementias Support Group

Two monthly support groups provide encouragement and support to family members, friends, and professionals dealing with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Meetings are in Brick and Manchester.

Community Resources For Disabled Persons (CRPD)

The Community Resources for Disabled Persons is a Medicaid waiver program that provides home care to disabled Medicaid beneficiaries. The waiver is designed to provide benefits to people who otherwise would be unable to live in the community and would probably have to move to a nursing home or other institution. Board provides case management services for eligible participants in Ocean County.

Jersey Assistance For Community Caregiving (JACC)

Agency staff provides case management services for persons eligible for the JACC program. Case management services include assessment of a participant, their service needs, and arranging for the provision of services purchased through the JACC program. The purpose of the JACC program is to allow elderly persons to remain in their own homes as long as possible with supportive services provided by the program. The JACC program is accessed through the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, Ocean County’s New Jersey EASE (Easy Access, Single Entry) site.

Child Support & Paternity – Parent Locator

There is joint federal, state, and local effort to establish orders for child support and improve collection of child support. Services offered by Board include parent location, paternity, and establishment and modification of orders of support.

Family Caregiver Support Program

This program provides either residential maintenance or physical health services to individuals age 60 and over who need assistance with two or more activities of daily living and/or have a cognitive impairment that requires supervision. An adult age 60 and over who is living with/caring for a child 18 or under is also eligible for services. There are no income eligibility guidelines for these services.

Friendship Corner

Northern Ocean County Resource Center, 225 Fourth Street, Lakewood, New Jersey is a drop-in center developed to meet the social, recreational, and educational needs of boarding home residents. It operates Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include encouraging client socialization or relocation to more appropriate housing. Friendship Corner also co-sponsors an annual boarding home festival and an annual spring fling for residents.

Homeless 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 payment of up to two months’ back rent or mortgage to prevent eviction or foreclosure. A small number of rent subsidy slots mmay be available to certain households. Other services such as food, clothing, mediations, and transportation are also provided. All cases are screened and referred to all other resources. The program is available on a 24-hour basis through the existing Special Response Program. Funding is limited so assistance is not always available.

In-home Caregiver Education

This program provides one-on-one education in the home environment for caregivers of persons over the age of 60 and functionally impaired with a chronic disability, illness, or disease to enhance caregiver ability and effectiveness. The caregiver must be an unpaid primary caregiver who can be a relative or friend who either lives with the care recipient or visits regularly to assist with managing life activities. There are no financial eligibility criteria.

New Jersey Ease Care Management

This program provids 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 assistance in 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.

Responsibility In Rooming & Boarding House

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 services to physically disabled adults enabling them to be employed, prepare for employment, volunteer, and/or live independently in the community.

Statewide Respite Care Program

This program provides respite services to families experiencing fatigue and stress due to long-term caregiving of frail, elderly, and/or disabled members. Respite care makes use of a variety of short-term services to meet the specific and limited goal of providing caregivers with temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands of caregiving. Families or individuals providing unpaid daily care at home to a functionally impaired adult over age 18 are eligible for services. Priority is given to families where the impaired member is at risk of long-term institutionalization due to the inability of the caregiver to continue in that role.