Programs Administered by the Middlesex County Board of Social ServicesLady with food

The following is a list of services and programs administered by the Middlesex County Board of Social Services. All services require that you meet the eligibility criteria established by the program. These descriptions are meant for informational purposes only. They are not to be used to determine eligibility or to disqualify anyone from receiving services. If you find yourself in need of any services, please contact the agency.

Medical Assistance ProgramsFood Stamps (SNAP)Child Support and Paternity Program
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)General Assistance (WFNJGA)Emergency Assistance Services
Board and Care ServicesRefugee Resettlement ProgramInvestigative Department

Medical Assistance Programs
NJ FamilyCare Medicaid programs are entitlement programs that provide health insurance for Middlesex County residents in a variety of living arrangements including Assisted Living and BabyfeetLong-Term Care.  Income and/or asset limits apply to eligibility depending upon what level of care is required by the applicant.

NJ FamilyCare Medicaid health care coverage is usually facilitated by Medicaid funded enrollment in a Managed Care Organization (MCO).

This enrollment covers:

  • Doctor visitsmedicaid
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hospitalization
  • Lab tests
  • X-rays
  • Prescriptions
  • Regular check-ups
  • Mental health
  • Dental
  • Preventive screenings
  • Autism services
  • Community doula services
  • Help with personal care needs

It may also cover other services based on an eligible persons medical condition.

Food Stamp Program (SNAP)
SNAP is a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which provides benefits to eligible households in order to increase their food purchasing power and improve the nutritional adequacy of the diets of low-income families. The Food Stamp Program (SNAP) helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Benefits can only be used for food such as breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish and poultry; dairy products and for plants and seeds to grow food to eat.

   Households are issued a debit card that they can use like a credit card in approved stores.

Households are issued a debit card that they can use like a credit card in approved stores. The amount of benefits an eligible household receives depends on the number of people in the household and the amount of income the household has. Each month approximately 6,000 households in Middlesex County participate in the Food Stamp Program (SNAP). For more information visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website or the New Jersey Division of Family Development website.

Food stamp program

Child Support and Paternity Program
The purpose of this program is to locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity, and support obligations.

    For more information visit the New Jersey Child Support website.

This includes medical support owed by non-custodial parents to their children. The program provides services to both public assistance and non-public assistance clients. For more information visit the New Jersey Child Support website.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
A public assistance program designed to help families move to self-sufficiency by offering them the following supports. For more information click here.

Cash Payments
Child Care Services
24 Month Medicaid Extension
Housing Subsidies and Payment of Certain Work Expenses
Supplemental Work Support Program
Transportation Assistance
Career Advancement Vouchers
Child Support Services

General Assistance (WFNJGA)
New Jersey is one of only a few states that provide welfare benefits to adults without dependent children.  This is a time-limited, means-tested program designed to aid needy individuals or couples in achieving self-sufficiency.  It is intended to promote personal responsibility and self-worth.  Able-bodied adults are required to participate in a job search or work activity.  Eligibility for GA employable adults will commence after the individual completes a minimum 28-day employment-related activity.

Emergency Assistance Services
Homeless clients who are eligible for Work First New Jersey General Assistance (WFNJGA), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be assisted with shelter and emergency services. Services may include the payment of overdue rent or mortgage, utility payments, or placement in temporary shelter.

Board and Care Services
The Services Department monitors and responds to complaints for Rooming Houses, Boarding Houses, and Residential Health Care Facilities (RCHF).  Rooming houses, boarding homes and free-standing residential health care facilities are licensed by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The State of New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services licenses residential health care facilities within a long-term-care facility.

Boarding Homes and Rooming Houses provide single-unit rooms intended for independent adults for living and sleeping, but not for cooking or eating. Personal and financial services may be offered to residents of Boarding Homes, but no other services are provided for Rooming House residents.

Licensed Residential Health Care Facilities provide 24-hour supervision, assistance with personal hygiene, management of funds and supervision of all medications. Nursing services are provided. Dietary, health maintenance and monitoring services also are provided. Facilities may provide some activities and arrangements for participation in community activities also occur.

The Board monitors the facilities and visits each facility to ensure residents are appropriately placed and receiving the services they need. Any issue that is reported by a resident, community provider, family member or the facility operator regarding problems or needs of a resident is handled as a complaint and is investigated. Any abuse, neglect or exploitation matters are treated as emergencies and result in an immediate response. If necessary, reports are made to the appropriate licensing agencies and if applicable, for their investigation and remediation.  Coordination of investigations with all licensing and governmental agencies is handled by the Board.

To report a complaint, email or call 732-745-3500.

Refugee Resettlement Program
Provides financial assistance to families who have been granted asylum by the United States Government from political or religious persecution, for 8 months after their entry into the country.

Investigative Department
The Investigative Department is responsible for maintaining program integrity in all eligibility programs offered by the Middlesex County Board of Social Services. All charges of fraudulent activity are investigated. Investigations
If these charges are substantiated, the department’s claims unit is responsible for calculating and collecting overpayments. When indicated, referrals to the appropriate law enforcement agency are made so that legal action can be initiated. Fraud complaints can be made by calling 732-745-3793 or 732-745-4357, or by emailing All calls or contacts remain confidential.