The Department of Community Services develops and coordinates programs and services to meet basic human needs and improve the quality of life of Middlesex County residents across the lifespan.
Services for youth, families, individuals with disabilities, older adults, persons with mental health needs and those struggling to overcome addictions are administered through the Offices of Adjuster, Aging & Disabled Services, Human Services and the George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care. Individuals conducting business with the County are served through the Offices of the County Clerk (public record registry, passports, and elections) and County Surrogate (probate, adoptions processing).
To help lower prescription drug costs for individuals who pay the full cash price for their medications, Middlesex County has developed a Prescription Drug Discount Card Program in conjunction with ProAct Inc.
for all residents regardless of their age, income or existing health coverage. The Middlesex County Prescription Drug Discount Card Program is offered to the County and residents at zero cost. There are no pre-requisites or qualifications to take advantage of the program.
The ProAct Discount Cards
are accepted at over 170 pharmacies within the County and at over 62,000 pharmacies nationwide. The program also covers prescriptions for pets.
The Office of the County Adjuster is responsible for the scheduling of Court hearings for anyone committed to a Federal, State, County, Private or Special Psychiatric Hospital. Unless a client has private counsel, an attorney is assigned to represent the client at the hearing. These hearings, by law, must be held within 20 days of confinement for an adult and 14 days of confinement for an adolescent. Until the clients are discharged, they are afforded a review of their admission status on a regular basis.
Aging and Disabled Services
The County Office of Aging & Disabled Services is the state designated area agency on aging to advocate, plan, coordinate and provide area wide programs and services for senior citizens and disabled persons residing in the county. The office serves as the connecting link between County government, State Government and local communities in the development of various programs and initiatives.
The office includes the Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) program, which provides transportation to seniors (60+), disabled and other transportation dependent residents of the county.
The County Clerk's responsibilities include, but are not limited to: swearing in and certifying notaries; filing of Trade Name Certificates; recording documents concerned with the purchase and sale of real estate; filing of military discharges; filing of sub-division maps, tideland and wetlands riparian aerial photos and the issuance of Veterans Peddlers Licenses. The County Clerk plays a key role in the conduct of elections, processes applications for passports and performs wedding ceremonies.
The Office of Human Services is responsible for the coordination of comprehensive social services to Middlesex County residents.The Office is responsible for administering and monitoring funds related to Human Services, including Federal, State and County appropriations. The Office of Human Services conducts planning activities designed to identify the social service needs of the residents of Middlesex County, and provides coordination and referral services to organizations and individuals.
George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care
The George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care is a comprehensive community mental health center sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. We offer treatment for a wide range of emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression, marital, family and other problems of daily living. The center serves Middlesex County residents of all ages, from young children to the elderly.
The Surrogate is a Constitutional Officer who is elected to the position every five years. The duties of the Surrogate’s office are probate wills, process adoptions, process contested probate matters, process alleged incapacitated matters, film and record all probate proceedings, invest minors' funds, appoint guardians of minors and administration of estates without wills.