Social and Support Programs
Adult Protective Services Program

This provides services to vulnerable adults, 18 years of age and older, who are at risk of, or victims 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 Care Program For The Elderly & Disabled (CCPED)

Participants in the CCPED program receive case management services from staff who assess a participant and arrange a variety of services for which the CCPED program pays. The CCPED program provides services that support elderly and disabled persons, enabling them to remain in their own home. Eligibility for the CCPED program is handled by the Adult Medicaid units of the agency.

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.

Enhanced Community Options (ECO) Medicaid Waiver

Agency staff provides case management services for participants of the ECO Waiver. Participants may be covered by the Caregivers Assistance Program (CAP) or the Assisted Living Waiver Program (AL). Case managers assess participants and their needs and arrange services that support them in their home, whether they live in the community or in an assisted living facility. The CAP and AL programs are accessed through the Adult Medicaid units of the agency.

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.

Global Options

This is a Medicaid initiative that coordinates home-care services to transition eligible persons to the community from a long-term care facility. Case management services are provided to clients, assessing their needs and arranging services.

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.

Housing And Relocation Assistance

This helps persons forced to vacate housing due to code enforcement by providing moving expenses, emergency shelter, and/or rental assistance payments or down payments on the purchase of a home. Board does the eligibility determination for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and those municipalities within Ocean County with whom the agency has a contract.

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

New Jersey EASE Care Management is provided to adults 60 years of age and older without regard to income under 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.

Persons Living With Disabilities

This program provides case management services to disabled adults and their families, linking them with needed medical, social, financial, legal, educational, and/or vocational services.