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COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Human Services Advisory Council and the Childrenís Inter Agency Coordinating Council
recently completed a community needs assessment concerning children and families at risk of child abuse and neglect.
Public comment on the draft report is being accepted through May 19. The report can be accessed at
Comments can be addressed to Jamie Hart, coordinator for the Ocean County Childrenís Inter Agency Coordinating Council by
email at email@example.com by calling her at 732-506-5374 or in writing at CN 2191, 1027 Hooper Ave., Building 2, Toms
River, N.J. 08754-2191.
"Our advisory councils have worked diligently throughout this process," said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as
liaison to the Ocean County Department of Human Services. "I want to recognize all of our volunteers and staff members in
addition to the various other county advisory boards that participated in this effort. We work hard at identifying the needs
of our children and families and then linking them with appropriate services that can help improve their quality of life."
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families requested the 21 counties to complete a community needs assessment
concerning children and families at risk of child abuse and neglect.
According to the reportís Executive Summary the county will use the document as the basis for advocacy related to
service development, in the effort to meet the human services needs of children and families. Community based organizations
are encouraged to reference the report and use the data compiled for future grant proposals and organizational strategic
The report looks at eight different target areas including basic needs, behavioral health care, substance abuse
treatment, services for youth preparing to leave the state Division of Youth and Family Services supervision, domestic
violence services, early care and education, services for special needs youth and delinquency prevention.