DHS to Hold 2017 NJ Budget Listening Session

Stakeholders and Public Invited to Share Input on 2017 NJ Budget

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a NJ budget listening session.

The session will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the DHS Central Office’s 1st floor conference room. The DHS offices are located at 222 S Warren St in Trenton.

In person testimony, emails and snail mail are encouraged. If you and/or your organization have suggestions and/or input about the DHS budget, its programs and/or the populations it serves, this is an opportunity to have your voice heard.

“This is an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to provide constructive suggestions/input regarding the FY 2017 NJ budget as it relates to their area of interest,” said DHS Commissioner Elizabeth Connolly.

The capacity of the first-floor conference room is 99 people and attendance at the session is on a first come, first heard basis.

Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per person. Due to time constraints, only 1 representative of an agency or group will be allowed to testify.

DHS is the largest state agency in New Jersey with a budget of about $11 million. It serves about 1.5 million New Jerseyans, or about one of every six state residents.

DHS serves:

  • seniors,
  • individuals and families with low incomes;
  • people with mental illnesses, addictions, developmental disabilities, or late-onset disabilities;
  • people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind;
  • parents needing child care services, child support and/or healthcare for their children; and
  • families facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.

DHS and its eight divisions provide programs and services designed to give eligible individuals and families the help they need to find permanent solutions to a myriad of life challenges.

This is made possible through the Department’s work to maximize state and federal resources, establish community supports and promote accountability among staff. DHS also provides some assistance for the families served by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

DHS is dedicated to providing quality services that consistently meet expectations with the goal to protect, assist and empower economically disadvantaged individuals and families, and people with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. It strives to ensure a seamless array of services through partnerships and collaborations with communities statewide and seeks to promote accountability, transparency and quality in all that we do.

All written comments will be accepted and considered. These can be delivered at the session, emailed to DHS, or snail mailed to:

DHS Budget Input
222 South Warren Street
PO Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-700

If an accommodation is required, notification must be made no later than November 10, 2016 to Sandra Graves, 609-292-3703.

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