Forum to Discuss Middlesex County Residents’ Human Services Needs

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Council (MCHSAC) will introduce the findings of a countywide human services needs assessment known as: “Middlesex County 2020: Creating a Collective Vision for Our County” at an upcoming forum.

The forum is scheduled to be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the New Cafeteria area at the North Brunswick Township High School, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick.

The event is open to the public. It will focus on the results of a two-year Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Council community needs assessment survey that was sent out to the general public in the County’s 25 municipalities. The survey was the product of a partnership between the Rutgers University School of Social Work and PRAB. The study results were captured in a report that will be the basis for establishing future service and funding priorities for human services in the county.

The idea for this research study came out of the human services planning initiative of the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC), which began the Middlesex County 2020 project in 2010 with a series of six focus groups.

“I am excited to present to the people of Middlesex County our findings from years’ worth of research and surveying,’’ Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Blanquita B. Valenti, who has been integral to the planning process as chairperson of the County’s Community Services Committee, said. “The results and the discussions to be held on March 20 will serve as a blueprint for the County as we plan and prioritize our many human services programs and work toward answering our residents’ needs.’’

“Middlesex County is second to none when it comes to ensuring that our citizens receive the highest quality programs and services they expect and deserve,’’ Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said. “We have an outstanding staff that listens to the needs of our residents and develops workable solutions for them.”

The report will be presented by Donna Van Alst, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Families, Rutgers School of Social Work. Freeholder H. James Polos will then moderate a panel discussion on the results from four specific categories:

  • State Sen. Joseph Vitale will discuss health
  • MarioVargas, Executive Director of PRAB, will discuss income
  • David Harris, New Brunswick Day Care Council Director, will discuss education
  • Beth Connolly, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Director of Research and Evaluation, NJ Department of Human Services, will discuss demographics

Child care will be available, and light refreshments will be served.

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