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Middlesex County Office of Health Services, through Social Services Block Grants (SSBG) funded by the State of New Jersey and the Federal Government, is providing programs for communities that are still recovering from the impact of Super Storm Sandy. The goal of SSBG programming is to identify and connect residents with needed services and resources that can help reduce the physical and emotional stress associated with the storm and improve their overall health and well-being.
 
Many people may not be aware of the services available. Some of the SSBG programs include:
 
Lead Program

• Blood lead screening for children and
   pregnant women who live/lived in houses that had storm damage
• Blood lead screening for people who have worked on houses or yards that have/had storm damage
• Testing soil for lead contamination around houses that have/had storm damage
• Testing dust for lead contamination in houses that have/had storm damage
For more information, contact Twyla Paige at 732.745.8864
 
 
Special Child Health Services Case Management

Special Child Health Services provides comprehensive case management for special needs children from birth to age 22 who may have a disease, disorder or condition that may interfere with normal growth and development. The program assists families to identify and access community resources. These services include:

• Assisting families impacted by Super Storm Sandy who have children with special health care needs.
• Providing information, resources and referrals to local, state and federal programs that may be available to  address their      child’s health  needs.
For more information, contact Tara Geant at 732.745.3100.
 
 
Center for Empowerment

The Middlesex County Center for Empowerment is the state’s designated sexual violence prevention program for Middlesex County. The Center provides free and  confidential  services  to survivors of sexual violence, their significant others, and the community including: crisis intervention, information, and referral via  a 24-hour hotline; in-person support at forensic exam and all legal proceedings; short-term individual counseling for survivors and loved ones; and support groups for survivors.
The stress, fear and sense of helplessness associated with disasters can lead to increased sexual violence.
 
To help those affected, the Center for Empowerment offers:
 
• Daytime, evening and weekend counseling appointments
• Spanish and English counseling
• Increased community outreach
• Prevention programs
For more information, call 1.877.665.7273 or email empowerment@co.middlesex.nj.us

 County Resources
 
• Middlesex County Long-Term Recovery Group Phone: 732-390-7074
• Email: info@middlesexltrg.org
• Middlesex County Office of Human Services Phone: 732-745-4186
• Middlesex County Office of Aging and Disabled Services Phone: 732-745-4267
 State Resources

• New Jersey Mental Health Cares
 free and confidential mental health information and referral
• Phone: 1-866-202-HELP(4357)  TTY: 1-877-294-4356
• NJ 2-1-1 Partnership

Free and confidential multilingual service that helps find state and local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns.
• Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-877-652-1148
• http://www.nj211.org
• NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management Ready.NJ.Gov
 
 Federal Resources
 
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4086
• National Disaster Distress Helpline
• Phone: 1-800-985-5990   TTY: 1-800-846-8517
• Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746

 • Need more information, Call 732.745.3100 or email ssbg@co.middlesex.nj.us

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​ • Need more information, Call 732.745.3100 or email ssbg@co.middlesex.nj.us
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