Referral and Linkage to Community Services

REFERRAL AND LINKAGE TO COMMUNITY SERVICES

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How to Apply for Services

Individuals, family members or those interested in counseling or information regarding services can contact the Division during regular business hours to schedule an appointment or to discuss services. Referrals are also accepted by schools, social service agencies, hospitals, physicians, and other professionals.
 

Benefit Screenings and Applications

Bloomfield Division of Human Services recognizes the difficulty Bloomfield residents may have in securing needed services.  Full benefit screenings are performed by trained professionals to determine eligibility for services including pharmaceutical assistance, utility assistance, food assistance, telephone assistance, rental assistance, and in home support services such as home health aides.  Referral, linkage, and assistance with accessing these services will be provided.
 

Help with Insurance

We have Certified Application Counselor (CAC) who can help residents understand and navigate the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Please call 973.680.4017 for more information.

Counselors do not provide legal advice, sell, recommend or endorse any specific insurance product, agent, or insurance company.  Counselors provide information and assistance so that YOU can make your own, informed decisions.

We also have a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor.  SHIP counselors provide FREE, objective, confidential help to Bloomfield Medicare beneficiaries or soon to be beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Part D and Long-Term Care insurance.


Human Needs Food Pantry

The Bloomfield Division of Human Services has a partnership with the Human Needs Food Pantry located at 9 Label St., Montclair where residents can receive fresh fruit, chicken or meat and groceries on a weekly basis if they qualify. Clients need to be prescreened by the Division who will determine eligibility. Home delivery is available in certain circumstances. Hours for self pick-up are Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday evenings for working families.
 

Neighbor to Neighbor Network

Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit funded in part by Partners for Health and the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of greater MetroWest, NJ. NTNN is the volunteer arm of the Bloomfield Division of Human Services. NTNN provides services to seniors and disabled Bloomfield residents through its Friendly Visitor Program and the Food Delivery Program. Individuals interested in volunteering with NTNN should call 973-743-3809. For immediate assistance, call the Bloomfield Division of Human Services at 973-680-4017.
 
  • Friendly Visitor Program
NTNN provides services to seniors and disabled Bloomfield residents by providing them with trained volunteers who can provide company, help with minor household chores, assist with minor home repairs, or provide seasonal lawn care. Individuals interested in receievig service from a NTNN volunteer should call 973-743-3809. For immediate assistance, call the Bloomfield Division of Human Services at 973-680-4017.
 
  • Food Delivery Program 
The Bloomfield Division of Human Services has partnered with the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair to provide elderly and/or disabled Bloomfield Residents with food assistance. Low-income residents can receive fresh fruit, chicken or meat and groceries on a weekly basis if they qualify. Volunteers deliver the food once a week to a set route of 4-5 clients. If you are interested in applying for food assistance or becoming a food delivery volunteer, please call 973-743-3809. For immediate assistance, call the Human Services Division at 973-680-4017.
 
 
How to Become a Volunteer?
The Neighbor to Neighbor Network has many volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups who are interested in working with community members. Volunteers can visit homebound seniors, disabled children, grocery shop or help with maintenance and minor repairs. Volunteers can also deliver groceries in collaboration with the Human Needs Food Pantry on a weekly or emergency basis. To become a volunteer, please call NTNN at 973.680.4017 or email NTNNVolunteerCoordinator@gmail.com

 http://www.volunteerntnn.org/


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (click here for more information)

Domestic Violence Response Team

The Bloomfield Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) provides advocacy to victims of domestic violence. When the police are called to the scene of a domestic violence incident, the victim is asked if she/he would like to speak to a Domestic Violence Advocate. If the victim says, "yes", they are then taken to the police station where they will meet with an advocate who can inform them of their rights and also direct them to proper resources. The meeting is confidential. The DVRT is run by a civilian coordinator and a police officer and the advocates consist of volunteers who have been properly screened, trained and certified.