Posted Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Several programs within the Morris County Department of Human Services Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans have received high marks from the state for the services and programs they offer.

After being thoroughly monitored and reviewed, the Office on Aging, the Adult Protective Services Program and the Nutrition Project were found to be in full compliance with all standards, said Human Services Director Mary Jo Buchanan.

According to Buchanan, the State Division of Aging and Community Services conducted its annual programmatic and fiscal review of the Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans.

Upon completion, the review stated the division, whose director is Theresa Davis, “should be commended for its dedication and service to seniors and their caregivers in Morris County.”

The Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans provides quality services designed to help county residents remain healthy and living independently in their homes for as long as possible, Buchanan said.

The county’s Adult Protective Services Program, headed by Ophelia Cruse, was monitored by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services, which lauded the program for having what it called “an experienced staff that are very well supervised,” Buchanan said.

The Adult Protective Services Program is responsible for aiding those over the age of 18 who are unable to act on their own behalf and who are at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation, Buchanan said.

The N.J. Division of Aging and Community Services, which monitored the county’s Nutrition Project, commended the program’s director, Lucille Duetsch, for her management of the extensive program.

The review pointed to the program’s streamlined home delivered routing system, the significant effort to reduce costs at all facilities, cross training of site managers and drivers, welfare checks on homebound clients and staff training and support, Buchanan said.

In the report, the monitor stated every participant interviewed had nothing but praise for the program, the meals provided and the activities offered, Buchanan said.

The Nutrition Project operates 15 Midday Friendship Centers across the county where senior citizens come together on a daily basis to enjoy a nutritious lunch, special programs and socializing, Buchanan said.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the programs and services offered by the Morris County Department of Human Services may visit the department’s Web site, or may call 973-285-6868.