Department of Health and Human Services

Darice Toon

Darice Toon

Director, Department of Health and Human Services

Phone: 201-369-5280
The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to supporting the health, well-being and overall quality of life for residents by providing an array of inclusive and accessible services, education and resources with dignity, compassion and respect.  This is accomplished through the provision of direct and contractual services.  The department maintains cooperative working relationships with local, State, Federal and private agencies to ensure that Hudson County residents have access to vital services.  The Department conducts on-going monitoring and assessments of health and human service needs in the County.

Darice has served as Director of the Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services since 2014. Director Toon has a Master’s in Public Administration and various other certificates and certifications.  She is responsible for overseeing multiple divisions and offices that provide a wide range of services for Hudson County residents.  Under her leadership, the department manages several boards, councils, commissions and task forces.  Also, she provides oversight of the County psychiatric hospital.

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Divisions and Offices

Division of Aging Services

The Division serves as the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) lead agency for the County, ensuring seniors, adults with disabilities an their caregivers have easy access to information and long term services and support.

Division of Children and Youth Services

The goal of the Division is to expand opportunities and services for children and youth in Hudson County and to provide oversight and coordination of County-funded activities and programming for young people.

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services works closely with the State Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to oversee the provision of prevention, education, early intervention, and treatment services for residents in need of mental health and/or addiction services. 

Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital

Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital is an 84 bed specialized, county psychiatric facility, offering three levels of comprehensive in-patient psychiatric care to voluntary and involuntary committed mentally ill adults. 

Office of Inclusion and Accessibility

The Office manages and provides services to support persons with disabilities living in Hudson County and their families.

Office of Public Health Services

The Office manages and provides provide plans and programs for the improvement of public health services within the County, along with county-wide strategic leadership, programs, central planning and coordination to respond to public health threats.

Office of Specialized Health Services

Establish and monitor a comprehensive continuum of HIV medical care and essential support services, to improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV/AIDS in Hudson County, N.J., and to reduce the transmission of HIV in our local communities.  We strive for a holistic approach to HIV Health Care in Hudson County.

Office of Transportation Services

The Office oversees the day-to-day operation, and all other aspects of the Office of Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance.

Office of Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs strives to improve the quality of life of current Hudson County veterans and to ensure that indigent deceased veterans receive a proper and dignified burial.

The Hudson County Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC)

Human Services Advisory Councils (HSAC) are funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and are county-based planning, advisory, and coordinating organizations dedicated to helping the community meet its human services needs. 


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