Serving more than one million of New Jersey's most vulnerable citizens, DHS serves individuals and families with low incomes; people with mental illnesses, disabilities or special needs; and parents needing children’s healthcare, child care or facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.
WORTHY OF RECOGNITION: Governor Chris Christie today acknowledged and celebrated the work of staff and stakeholders at the Department of Human Services in expanding community-based programs and services for residents of New Jersey with mental illness. Since 2010, an extraordinary investment of state funds has been made to transform the state’s behavioral health system through initiatives that prevent unnecessary hospitalization, advance nationally accepted best practices in treatment and to ensure the timely discharge of patients with support services that help them sustain wellness.
Trenton, NJ – Continuing his effort to create the most aggressive response in the country to the opioid crisis, Governor Chris Christie today announced the State will increase the number of available beds for the treatment of behavioral health and substance abuse disorders by almost 40 percent. The Department of Health has filed a Certificate of Need Call (CN) for new adult acute care psychiatric beds throughout the Garden State, the first such CN in almost 20 years.