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Addiction Services
Alzheimer's Disease

Bed Bugs
Cancer Detection
Child Care
Child Development
Child & Adolescent Health
Eating Disorders
Energy Assistance

Food Assistance
Health Care Services for Women

Health Insurance Help
Legal Services

Long Term Care
RNS Mobile Mammography

Medical Equipment

Medication Disposal
Men's Health
Mental Health
Older Adults
Osteoporosis Screening
Postpartum Depression

Preconception Health
Prescription Medication Assistance

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Skin Cancer Screening
Smoking Cessation

Support & Self-Help Groups
Tick Identification



Addiction Services and Resources


Addiction Resources

Recovering from a Substance Abuse Problem

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask

Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.

Alcoholics Anonymous Cape Atlantic Intergroup
Downloadable Meeting Pages (By the Day)

24 Hour Hotline 1-800-604-HELP(4357)

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Resource Directory of Ocean County

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Unit of Ocean County Health Department


Does My Parent Really Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?
what to do if a parent or caregiver has an alcohol or drug problem

A Guide for Teens Does your friend have an alcohol or other drug problem? What can you do to help?
how to help a friend who may have a substance abuse problem


St. Francis Community Center Counseling
Thursday – 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Narcotics Anonymous-
Wednesday – 7:30 – 8:45 pm


Prevention First

848 West Bay Avenue, Suite C1
Barnegat, NJ  08005-2126
Phone:  609-660-0197 or (Monmouth/Ocean Office) 732-908-7357


Al-Anon/Alateen South Jersey Information Service


Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers


Alzheimer's Association
24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900


COPSA Institute for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders


Project Lifesaver


Alzheimer's Respite Program
Interfaith Health & Support Services
Volunteer caregivers share their time and effort to provide specified, non- medical care
(609) 978-3839 


Caregiver Resources
information from Ocean County Office of Senior Services to assist and support family caregivers


MedicAlert + Safe Return
24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.

Support Groups
All support group facilitators listed are trained by the Alzheimer's Association. Dates and times are subject to change.  To confirm the date and time for each support group meeting, call the number listed for the group or call the Caregiver Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.
Little Egg Harbor  Seacrest Village Nursing Home  2nd Thurs*  2 pm 


Groups are held in Jan., Mar., Apr., Jun., Jul., Sept., Oct., and Dec.

Registration required. Call 609-296-9292

Manahawkin  Family Resource Center Ocean Club  2nd Mon* 2 pm 


Groups are held in Feb., May, Aug., and Nov.

Registration required. Call 609-296-9292


Alzheimers & Related Dementias Support Group  (Ocean County Board of Social Services)

Two monthly support groups provide encouragement and support to family members, friends, and professionals dealing with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Meetings are in Brick and Manchester.

Call 732-349-1500


The Pediatric Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ)




Autism Awareness



FACES Autism Support Network Southern Ocean County Chapter

Meetings held at Tuckerton Seaport
Contact: Isabelle Mosca @  609-412-3750 or Mary Ellen @ 609-296-2833

Bed Bugs
Bed Bug Control for Homes
Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely
Ocean County Bed Bug Resources


To report bullying: 1-877-NO-BULLY

NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention
Internet Smarts
Stop Bullying Now
The Bully Roundup


NeedyMeds Camp Resource-listing of camps for children and adults with specific diseases, and for children who have a parent or a family member with a specific disease.

Cancer Detection

New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) FREE Cancer Screenings for:
-Income Eligible
-Age 40 and older
-Registration Required

Women-mammograms, clinical breast exam, pelvic exam, colorectal exam 

Men-Prostate Cancer Blood Test (PSA), prostate exam, colorectal exam 

Community Medical Center/Community Health Services
732-557-3207 (Spanish)


Ocean County Adult Cancer Resource Guide


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

Designed for individuals who want information about their personal risk for breast and ovarian cancer

Community Medical Center


Contact Michelle Lyons


Information, Support, & Referrals
St. Francis Senior Services (609) 494-8861
LBI Health Department (609) 492-1212
Ocean County Office of Senior Services
1027 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ
(732) 929-2091 or toll-free 1-877-222-3737 

Caregiver Resource Directory
Request Assistance
New Jersey Division of Aging and Community Services
1-800-792-8820 (609-943-3437 for out-of-state callers)

Caregiver Support Group
Family Resource Center at the Ocean Club
3rd Monday of each month at 3PM
For more information call 609-978-3559

National Alliance for Caregiving
Other Resources
Next Step in Care provides easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers and health care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients.

Family Care Navigator:State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers
Alternatives for Seniors-housing, evaluation tools, checklists
Eldercare Locator-a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging
Leeza's Place-Support for Alzheimer's caregivers
Caring From a Distance
Caregiver’s Home
-information and resources for the family caregiver of the elderly
Families of Loved Ones Magazine-Information and support for family and professional caregivers.
Help Seniors Live Better, Longer: Prevent Brain Injury-CDC initiative to raise awareness among children and other caregivers of older adults about ways to prevent, recognize, and respond to traumatic brain injury in adults 75 and older.

CaringBridge-provides free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends


Child Care

St. Francis Community Center Children's Services
Preschool and Childcare, Vacation Club

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Choosing a Child Care Center
Choosing A Family Child Care Provider




Cares for Kids (NJCK) assists families with paying for child care by providing child care subsidies and provides resource and referral services to help parents know what to look for when searching for care.


Child Development

Project CHILD FIND is a free referral service and public awareness campaign to assist in the identification of unserved/underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through twenty-one years of age.

For Infants and Toddlers (Birth to Three)
New Jersey's Early Intervention System (EIS) provides services for infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or disabilities as well as support for their famillies.
Ocean County EIS Coordinator
732-341-9700 ext. 7602


For Preschool Children and Students (Three to 21)
Your public school district provides a free appropriate public education for eligible students ages 3-21 through your local public school district.

Ocean County Supervisor of Child Study


    Long Beach Island School District Child Study Team
    Ages 3-13


    Southern Regional Middle School Special Services

    Southern Regional High School Special Services  

Children’s Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Toms River

310 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 797-3815
Children’s Specialized Hospital


Child and Adolescent Evaluation and Learning Disabilities Center
Jersey Shore Medical Center
Offers children, ages birth-21, evaluation and treatment of learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, language impairment, behavioral and emotional difficulties.


Office of Special Education

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network .

Child & Adolescent Health
2012 Adolescent Resource Guide
NJ Parent Link

American Academy of Pediatrics
Help Yourself to a Healthy Home - Protect Your Children's Health

Safe Kids USA

 Bicycle helmets

Do you know which helmet to wear when?


What about how to make sure it fits properly?




Resource Guide outlines programs and services that may be of interest to individuals living with a disability

Ocean County Housing Resource Guide



New Jersey Aging and Disability Resource Connection provides information and assistance to older persons, adults with physical disabilities, caregivers and professionals looking for services or programs.


Disability Rights New Jersey  provides services to all persons with disabilities.

  • information and referral
  • technical assistance and training
  • individual and system advocacy
  • legal and non-legal advocacy
  • outreach and education
Contact: 1-800-922-7233 (toll-free in New Jersey only) or 1-609-292-9742 or TTY at 1-609-633-7106.
The federal government's one-stop Web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others 


Township of Long Beach Beach Wheels Program/Handicap Ramps

Eating Disorders


National Eating Disorders Association
TOLL-FREE, NATIONWIDE HELPLINE 1-800-931-2237 Monday-Friday

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
elpline (630) 577-1330, operates 9 AM-5 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

The Eating Disorders Program-Monmouth Psychological Associates


Support Group-Community Medical Center
    Center for Kids & Family
    591 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, NJ.
    For more information call 732.505.KIDS

Energy Assistance

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a program that helps pay heating costs for eligible households. Applications are accepted November 1 to March 31.
   LIHEAP Hotline: 1-800-510-3102


Universal Service Fund (USF) is a program created by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to make energy bills more affordable for low-income customers. USF can lower the amount eligible households pay for gas and electric bills. USF accepts applications all year.
   USF Hotline: 1-866-240-1347


For program eligibility guidelines, income requirements and an application, please visit the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Community Resources, Web site:


assists New Jersey residents who have fallen behind on their utility bills due to a temporary financial crisis.
Phone: 609-883-1626
Toll Free: 866-657-4273



The Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program, the Lifeline Program, and the Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAAD) program are three State programs with similar eligibility guidelines. You maybe eligible for Lifeline if you meet the following requirements:

A New Jersey resident;

65 years of age or older or 18 years of age or older and receiving Social Security Title II Disability benefits; and

Annual income for 2012 of less than $25,312 if single or less than $31,035 if married.

For more information, click here or call toll free 1-800-792-9745.


New Jersey Natural Gas Payment Assistance

Energy assistance and weatherization programs available to help qualified households

Board of Public Utilities

Options for people who have trouble affording utility bills





Chizel Fitness Studio
Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co.
Amber St. & The Blvd.

2705 Long Beach Blvd.
Ship Bottom

Zion Lutheran Church
18th St. & Central Ave.
Barnegat Light

group fitness classes 


Devotion Yoga, LBI

320 9th Street
Beach Haven
In Schooner's Wharf upstairs from LBI Surfing (next to candy store).


Elite Fitness
12904 Long Beach Boulevard
Beach Haven Terrace


7806 Long Beach Blvd.

Harvey Cedars
(609) 207-6435

personal training, group fitness classes


Island Wellness Center

2517 Long Beach Boulevard
Spray Beach

Yoga and other classes

LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences
120 Long Beach Blvd.

Tennis, yoga, water classes

Lyceum Health and Fitness Club
265 W 8th St
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008


Meridian Fitness & Wellness
700 S. Main Street (Route 9)
Stafford Township
personal trainers, weight loss program, pool


Pyour Core

604 Long Beach Blvd.

Surf City


fitness facility offering pilates, Zenga, Real Ryder Cycling and other classes


Retro Fitness Manahawkin

712 E. Bay Ave
Manahawkin, NJ, 08050


Saint Francis Center
4700 Long Beach Boulevard
Brant Beach
Olympic sized heated indoor pool & 2 heated outdoor pools on the bay open to the public
Daily fee or membership fee required

         Activities for older adults:
         Walking Program-Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00-8:45AM
         Ladies Exercise Class-Tuesday and Friday 8:40-9:20AM


Ship Bottom Exercise Classes
21st St. & Central Ave

Ship Bottom

group exercise classes


Yoga Nine
2512 S. Long Beach Blvd. 
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008


Yoga Bohemia

2 E 20th St

Long Beach Twp, NJ 08008





Food Assistance

Human Concerns Program at St. Francis Community Center  
Distributes food and household items to families in need

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9:30 AM  - 2:30 PM

Closed Thursday


King of Kings Community Church
1000 North Main St.,  Manahawkin

Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm (emergency hours by appointment) 

Ocean Community Church

1492 Rt. 72



Food Pantry-Wednesday 10-12 



New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
provides supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to the age of five. Contact the Ocean County Health Department @ (732) 341-9700 Ext. 7520.


Health Care Services for Women

Department of Community Affairs Division on Women
(609) 292-8840


Domestic Violence
1-800-572-SAFE (7233)
Sexual Assault 1-800-601-7200
Women's Referral Central 1-800-322-8092


Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women 2012 Listing of Hotllines  

The Children's Home Society of New Jersey
Provides free, private and confidential pregnancy counseling
24 Hour Toll-free pregnancy helpline 1-800-CHS of NJ (1-800-247-6365)


Family Planning Center of Ocean County, Inc

1173 Beacon Ave. Suite B

Manahawkin, NJ 08050

(609) 597-6094

Wednesdays between 12:00PM and 7:00PM

290 River Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 364-9696

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday - 8:00 AM to12:00 Noon


~For women of reproductive age who are county residents
~Birth Control~Pelvic exam~Pap test~Breast exam
~Screenings for anemia, diabetes, urinary tract Infections, blood pressure
~Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections
~Pregnancy Testing

Accepts Medicaid, some private insurances and sliding fee scale for patients who do not have insurance.


Birthright International
819 West Bay Ave.
Barnegat NJ 08005
Free pregnancy testing and confidential help.


The Open Door
533 Lakehurst Road
Toms River, NJ
Free pregnancy tests and other confidential services.


Grace Initiatives
Shelter, counseling and life skills training for expectant mothers

I Can't Be Pregnant-Teen Help
This Family Helpline is a safe number that can’t be traced and won’t appear on the phone bill. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Teens can speak to someone who will talk with them about options and how to get confidential help.


Safe Haven Infant Protection Act



To find out if you are eligible for a free mammogram call 1- 877- MAMMOS1

   Mammography Providers in Ocean County

   RNS Mobile Mammography
   Sign up for a free mammogram reminder from the American Cancer Society


   Women age 40 and above, who are uninsured and financially eligible can receive mammograms through the   

   NJCEED Program. For information, call 732-341-1400.  

National Women's Health Resource Center
Society for Women’s Health Research
Her Healthy Life
Office of Women's Health


Health Insurance Help
This new tool lets consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to information about quality, affordable health care coverage. is the first central database of health coverage options--from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans. answers questions that relate to people with disabilities and health care, and also has information about insurance plans and community services in every state.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program

Trained volunteers and staff are available at St. Francis Community Center to provide assistance understanding  coverage, payments and benefits of private insurance plans and Medicare.  Appointments must be made in advance through the Senior Services Department by calling 494-8861.

NJ FamilyCare
Plan for Your Health

NJ Healthcare Advocate Volunteer Effort
National Association of Health Underwriters

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund-a financial assistance program for New Jersey Families whose children have an illness or condition otherwise uncovered by insurance 

Charity Care - New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program


Hearing Exams/Hearing Aids

Garden State Hearing & Balance/SOCH Hearing 
(609) 978-8946

Dial a Hearing Test-1-800-222-EARS (FDA approved)
Available Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
When calling for this test, make sure you are in a quiet room and using a corded telephone (no cell phones). After you complete the test, you will receive your results and if necessary a referral to a professional audiologist.

NOTE: Hearing and balance exams are covered through Medicare if a doctor orders them to see if medical treatment is needed (hearing aids and exams for fitting hearing aids aren’t covered)


Sears Hearing Aid Center at K-Mart
Free Hearing Exams
733 Route 72 West
Manahawkin, NJ
(609) 597-2300

Costco Hearing Aid Centers

245 Stafford Park Blvd
Stafford Township NJ 08050-2734
(609) 242-2011

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
American Academy of Audiology Consumer Information
Hearing Problems in Children
Hearing Aids (FDA site)


AIDS/STD Hotline


HIV Testing Basics for Consumers

Ocean County Health Department  HIV Counseling and Testing
(732) 341-9700 or 1-800-342-9738, ext. 7512
Free, confidential and anonymous counseling and testing
Ocean County Health Department
175 Sunset Avenue, Toms River
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 5:30pm until 8:00pm


New Jersey HIV/AIDS Rapid Testing
AIDS Drug Distribution Program
Family Centered HIV Care Network
If You Have HIV/AIDS: Keep Your Health Insurance


Older Adults and HIV/AIDS

     HIV: Know the RISKS. Get the FACTS.

     Educational Video


American Hospice Foundation  
Medicare Hospice Benefits

Hospice (At Home)


Ascend Hospice  908-931-9080    
Barnabas Health Hospice in New Jersey  732-818-6800
Caring Hospice Services of Central Jersey  732-661-9373
Compassionate Care Hospice   877-677-6380
Holy Redeemer Hospice  1-888-678-8678
Hospice of New Jersey 973-893-0818
Meridian at Home Hospice 1-800-655-2555
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of New Jersey Shore  732-389-0066
VNA of Central Jersey 800-400-0981



Hospice (In Patient)

Arcadia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center                                 

151 Ninth Avenue
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087


Seacrest Village                                                                                

1001 Center Street

Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087



Genesis Health Care Southern Ocean Center                              

1361 Route 72 West

Manahawkin, NJ 08050

609 978-0600



Legal Services
Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services
 Provides legal advice and/or representation to low income residents in civil cases.
In Ocean County call (732) 341-2727


Revised School Immunization Regulations


Bicycle Helmet Law

Effective March 1, 2006 New Jersey's Bicycle Helmet Law changes to require young people under the age of 17 to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

Child Passenger Safety Law
New Jersey's child passenger safety law requires:
Children under 8 years of age who weigh less than 80 pounds to ride properly secured in a child safety seat or booster seat in the rear seat of the vehicle.
Children under 8 years of age who weigh more than 80 pounds to ride properly secured in a seat belt.
Passengers 8 to 18 years of age (regardless of weight) ride properly secured in a seat belt.

Smoke-Free Air Act

New Jersey's Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 ensures that workers have a safe, smoke-free workplace and that all nonsmokers can breathe smoke-free air in public places.



Long Term CareYour Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home

Nursing Homes in New Jersey  

A Guide to Community-Based Long Term Care in NJ 

New Jersey Nursing Home Oversight



RNS Mobile Mammography
The RNS Mobile Mammography Van travels to various locations in Atlantic, Cape May and southern Ocean County. Most forms of insurance are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Women without health insurance should inquire about the sliding fee scale.

To make an appointment call 1-800-246-2404
Click here for locations.



Medical Equipment

Community Surgical Supply of South Ocean County
37 Nautilus Dr.
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Oxygen, Respiratory and Home Medical Equipment


Donating Medicines and Medical Equipment for Reuse



 Medication Disposal


Medicine Drop Off Sites


Jersey Shore Pharmacy

No liquids, no narcotics, no needles


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Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Most over the counter and prescription medications should not be discarded down the drain or toilet because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and they may end up in your local waterways, and may eventually be found in drinking water. Throwing them away in the trash, without taking precautions, could allow others-people, children or pets-to obtain and consume medication that was not prescribed to them.

Follow these Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Household Medication from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:

1. Keep medicine in original container. Mark out personal information on prescription bottles.
2. Mix liquid medicine with undesirable substances like coffee grinds, cat litter, or dirt. Dilute pills with water, then add coffee grinds, cat litter, or dirt.
3. Place bottles in an opaque container, like a yogurt container, and secure lid; or wrap in a dark colored plastic bag.
4. Hide the container in the trash. Do NOT recycle.

Almost all medicines can be thrown away in the household trash after mixing them with some unpalatable substance (e.g., coffee grounds) and sealing them in a container. However, certain medicines may be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal in a single dose if they are used by someone other than the person the medicine was prescribed for. For this reason, a few medicines have special disposal directions that indicate they should be flushed down the sink or toilet after the medicine is no longer needed. FDA advises that flushing these medicines down the sink or toilet is currently the best way to immediately and permanently remove the risk of harm from the home.

Nationwide Safe Medication Disposal Program


This a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unused or expired medications. For $3.99, customers can purchase a specially designed envelope available at Walgreens (879 W Bay Ave, Barnegat, 609-698-7035 ),

Rite Aid (595 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, 609-597-4111) and CVS (819 Barnegat Avenue, Ship Bottom 609-361-8534)
pharmacy counters, that allows them to place, seal and mail prescription or over-the-counter medications they no longer use for safe, eco-friendly disposal. Controlled substances are excluded from this program due to current regulations. Postage is included in the cost of the envelope.

Once securely sealed, the envelope can be dropped into any U.S. Postal Service mailbox where it will be sent to an approved medication incinerator. There, a licensed law enforcement official is onsite as part of a quality control system to ensure no envelope is tampered with or opened. Envelopes remain sealed while incinerated. Ashes from the incinerated envelopes can be used for making "green" related building materials rather than going into a landfill.


Donate Medicines to Charity

Medicines that have not passed their expiration date (check the packaging) can be donated to charities that operate in the developing world. The American College of Surgeons maintains a list of charities that accept donations of medicines. For more information click on the link below. You should contact the charity directly before shipping any medicines to check that the items you wish to donate will be accepted.


Men's Health

Men's Health (CDC)
Men's Health Network

Mental Health

Ocean County Resource Directory


St. Francis Counseling Service
St. Francis Community Center

By Appointment – Call (609) 494-1554
Monday through Thursday – 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – 9:00 am –5:00 pm
Provides individuals, couples and families with affordable, professional psychotherapy services addressing a wide range of issues. 

Information and referral mental health helpline and website
Telephone HelpLine:866-202-HELP (4357)
Available Monday thru Friday, 8AM to 8PM (EST)


CONTACT of Ocean County
24-hour Crisis Intervention/Listening telephone service
2-1-1 Information and Referral Service
Crisis Helpline: 732-240-6100 or 609-693-5834
Dial 211 for information on available resources and referral to community services or go to NJ 2-1-1
24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis


Seashore Family Services
35 Beaverson Blvd
Bldg 8 Suite 8A
Brick, NJ 08723
Telephone: 732-920-2700

  • Family and Individual Counseling Services Program
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transitional Housing
  • Services for Business


Depression and Bi-Polar Support Group

1st and 3rd Friday - 7:15 p.m.
Family Resource Center at the Ocean Club   


Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS)


Ocean Mental Health Services
Berkeley Center Office
160 Route 9
Bayville, N.J. 08721
Phone: (732) 349-5550

NJHelps can tell you whether your family might be able to get help from any of these programs:
Food Stamps
Medicaid (Health Insurance)
NJ FamilyCare (Health Insurance)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
Work First New Jersey (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and General Assistance)
New Jersey Cares for Kids (Child Care Assistance)
Kinship Navigator Program (Assistance for Relative Caregivers)

Older Adults

Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People

National Institutes of Health Senior Health
Ocean County Office of Senior Services
 UCLA Longevity Center
NJ EASE (New Jersey Easy Access, Single Entry)
Senior Citizens' Resources (USA.GOV)
Social Security Online


Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service.

Call 732-286-5888 or email


Fix-It Program Of Ocean Children and Family Services provides minor home repairs for the elderly living in Ocean County.

Volunteers can fix small appliances, repair minor electrical problems, change lightbulbs, install curtain and drapery hardware, install grab bars and safety hand rails, replace batteries in smoke detectors, perform seasonal outside jobs, rake leaves, clean windows, change storm windows, and do minor plumbing and carpentry.
88 Schoolhouse Rd, Whiting, NJ 08759, 732-350-4120


Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of people, age 60 and older, living in nursing homes and other long-term healthcare facilities.
To file a complaint: Call 24-Hour Toll Free Hotline: 1-877-582-6995


Osteoporosis Screening

Ocean County Health Department
175 Sunset Avenue
Toms River
Free screenings, education and counseling
For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 732-341-9700, ext. 7630



Osteoporosis program and bone density screening


The Ocean County Library will host Osteoporosis 101 with a bone density screening in March and April.


The Center for Healthy Aging, in cooperation with the Pharmacy Department at Kimball Medical Center, an affiliate of the Barnabas Health System, will discuss the nature and risk factors of osteoporosis, its warning signs and its symptoms. They will also examine the dos and don'ts of osteoporosis medications.


The workshop will be followed by free bone density screenings.


The programs begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at: Stafford branch, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, Tue April 30, (609) 597-3381.


Light refreshments will be provided.


The workshops and screenings are free and open to the public, but registration is required. You can register on the library's Web site or by telephoning the branch.



Postpartum Depression
Speak Up When You're Down
In New Jersey call the PPD help line 24/7 at 1-800-328-3838



Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS)
HOTLINE: 732-886-4474


Postpartum Education for Parents
Offers Postpartum Distress support: support options, self-assessment questionnaire, suggested reading, information for fathers, families & friends, related links and a warmline for
confidential one-on-one support from trained volunteers.


Postpartum Support International
Information, support, resources, personal stories, legislation updates.



Preconception Health

You're a Busy Teenager 
Becoming a Parent
Becoming a Parent: A Preconception Checklist.

Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care

Things to Think About Before Getting Pregnant

Folic Acid

Quit Smoking

Cut Back on Alcohol


Prescription Medication Assistance  

Coastal Volunteers in Medicine
249 S. Main St. (Rte. 9)
Barnegat, NJ 08005


Generic Prescription Assistance

$4 for a 30-day supply, or $10 for 90 days 

Walmart Pharmacy                                  (609) 978-8300

Shop Rite Pharmacy                               (609) 597-0091

Target Pharmacy $4 Generics               (609) 978-4922

New Jersey State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs and Medicare Part D
AIDS Drug Distribution Program

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Merck Prescription Discount Program


Community Assistance Program


NJ Prescription Drug Price RegistryNJ Prescription Drug Price Registry
onsumers can compare the retail prices charged by many pharmacies for the 150 most-frequently prescribed prescription drugs.


Medication Information
FDA Medwatch
Be MedWise website allows consumers to enter names of their medications to check for any potentially dangerous interactions.
How to Dispose of Unused Medicines



Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

The Ocean County Health Department announces the opening of their Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) clinic at its Manahawkin Clinic at 333 Haywood Road.


Haywood Road is located in the Stafford Park area directly west of the Garden State Parkway at Exit 63.   Make a right at the Olive Garden (Haywood Rd.); 333 Haywood Road is just past the Stafford Apartments.   The clinic will be open the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 8:00 PM with client registration from 5:00 to 6:00 PM.  No appointments are necessary.


Free counseling, testing and treatment will be provided for syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. The Ocean County Health Department STD Clinic maintains strict patient confidentiality at all times.


If you have questions or need directions, please call the 732-341-9700, ext. 7604.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Information from CDC

Fact sheets, treatment guidelines, statistics


Skin Cancer Screening

American Academy of Dermatology's Skin Cancer Screening
Volunteer dermatologists provide free skin cancer screenings, throughout the year, in their communities as part of the American Academy of Dermatology's Skin Cancer Screening program.


Smoking Cessation

SmokefreeTXT is a free text message service from NIH that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips for teens trying to quit smoking.


Toll-free New Jersey Quitline: 1-866-NJSTOPS


Stop Smoking With Hypnosis

Meridian Health
Call 1-800-560-9990 for location information


How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You (PDF–11 MB)


Mom's Quit Connection

For pregnant women and new mothers trying to quit smoking, Mom's Quit Connection (MQC) provides free and individualized counseling services and support.


State Tobacco Cessation Coverage > New Jersey

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Online Resources
The Stop Smoking Center
CDC-How to Quit
ACS-Guide for Quitting Smoking
Nicotine Anonymous


Smoking Prevention

Tobacco & You
Activities help students learn about the harmful effects of tobacco on the body, how to handle peer pressure, and how advertising promotes tobacco usage.


The Scoop on Smoking
what every teen should know about tobacco


Support & Self-Help Groups

ASPENŽ - Asperger Syndrome Education Network, Inc.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey
New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
Ocean County Post Polio Support Group
Stroke Family Warmline
The Mended Hearts, Inc.

Tick Identification
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
1623 Whitesville Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 349-1246

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 83, Pleasant Plains, Route 9 North. Go through the first traffic light, then through the blinking light, and make the first left. Go to the end - the Agricultural Department is on the right.

Hours: Monday - Friday - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Call prior to coming. They prefer ticks be dropped off in the morning, if possible. 

Ticks should be placed alive and whole in a small jar with screw type lid, no holes, or a film canister. Moisten and squeeze out a paper towel and place it in the container. Ticks can be refrigerated if unable to transport right away.

outline of tickLyme disease: A public information guide 

Prevent Tick Bites: Prevent Lyme Disease
Protect yourself from tickborne diseases Adobe PDF file