Middlesex County Names Health Care Center to Honor Former Freeholder Director Otlowski

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Elected officials, family, friends and residents met in Perth Amboy on September 13 to unveil the sign for the newly dedicated George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care.  Middlesex County renamed its former Raritan Bay Mental Health Center after the former State Assemblyman, Middlesex County Freeholder Director and Perth Amboy Mayor. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

Elected officials, family, friends and residents met in Perth Amboy on September 13 to unveil the sign for the newly dedicated George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care. Middlesex County renamed its former Raritan Bay Mental Health Center after the former State Assemblyman, Middlesex County Freeholder Director and Perth Amboy Mayor. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

PERTH AMBOY — On Friday morning, elected officials, family, friends and residents gathered to dedicate the George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care in Perth Amboy.

Officials renamed the former Raritan Bay Mental Health Center after the former State Assemblyman, Middlesex County Freeholder Director and Perth Amboy Mayor.

“Historically significant, this facility was the first of its kind in the entire state and remains one of only two county-run mental health facilities in New Jersey,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the Community Services Committee, which oversees the mental health center. “This center is a part of Assemblyman, Freeholder Director and Mayor Otlowski’s legacy.”

Otlowski, Sr. was born in 1912 and grew up in Perth Amboy. He dedicated his life to public service, serving for over 40 years in significant positions at the municipal, county and state levels. Otlowski passed away in 2009 at the age of 97.

A tireless advocate for quality education and health care, Otlowski helped establish Middlesex County College and the Raritan Bay Mental Health Center. A road on Middlesex County College’s Edison campus was previously renamed in his honor.

Members of the Otlowski family (center), including granddaughter Elizabeth Totin, daughter Catherine Totin and sons George J. Otlowski, Jr. and Matthew Otlowski are joined by (left to right) Congressman Frank J. Pallone, State Sen. Joseph F. Vitale, Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin, Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz and Freeholder Kenneth Armwood. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

Members of the Otlowski family (center), including granddaughter Elizabeth Totin, daughter Catherine Totin and sons George J. Otlowski, Jr. and Matthew Otlowski are joined by (left to right) Congressman Frank J. Pallone, State Sen. Joseph F. Vitale, Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin, Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz and Freeholder Kenneth Armwood. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)

The George J. Otlowski, Sr. Center for Mental Health Care currently serves more than 2,000 clients with a staff of board-certified psychiatrists, registered nurses, clinical and support staff. Over the past 30 years, the center has offered counseling and treatment services to County residents facing depression, anxiety and other emotional and mental health issues. The center also recently upgraded to an Electronic Health Record system to better track clients’ treatment.

“George Otlowski, Sr. made such significant contributions during his time, that he is still a major influence on the residents of Middlesex County even today,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Through this institution, and the changes he helped enact in patient care, his message and influence live on and continue to enrich and bring comfort to the residents of Middlesex County and throughout the state.”

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