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Health & Human Services

Susan Portuese, Director Health & Human ServicesTownship of Montclair Municipal Building
205 Claremont Avenue
Third Floor
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-509-4970

Susan Portuese, Health Officer, Department Director

For Vital Statistics, Cat and Dog Licenses, Registrar, please call the Health Department main number: 973-509-4973

Health Education: Erica Abbruzzese, Health Educator

Social Services and Senior Citizen Services: Sue Portuese

For Animal Control Issues, contact Melissa Neiss at the following numbers during the hours posted:

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. call the Department of Health and Human Services 973-509-4970
  • For emergencies, weekends, holidays and after office hours call the Police Department: 973-744-1234

Department of Health and Human Services Enforcement of health and housing regulations, public health nursing, animal control, environmental health,senior citizen services, Section 8 housing, RegistrarÂ’s office.

Our Mission Statement: To protect and enhance the health and the quality of life of Montclair residents through preventative activities, coordination of interagency efforts, and interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors.

Keith Costello, Senior REHS
Stephen Rufolo, REHS
Robert Jernick, REHS
Margaret Brodowski, Director of Nursing
Barbara Prichard, Public Health Nurse
Mary Tistler, Public Health Nurse
Madelyn Goglia, Public Health Nurse
Erica Abruzzese, Health Educator
Celia Trembulak, Program Coordinator
Anne Shields, Vital Statistics, Registrar
Melissa Neiss, Animal Control Officer
Linda Tate, Administrative Assistant
Arlene Karp, Administrative Assistant

CDC Confirms First Case of EV-D68 in New Jersey PDF Print E-mail

Montclair Health Departments Reminds You to Take Precautions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed New Jersey's first case of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory illness more likely found in infants and children. Parents and care givers should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this respiratory illness with symptoms that range from mild to severe.

Although enteroviruses are very common-especially in the late summer and fall, EV-D68 occurs less commonly than other enterovirus infections. Some 10 to 15 million enterovirus cases occur in the U.S. each year. In addition to New Jersey, 12 states reported cases as of September 18.

Health Department to Co-Host Women's Health Expo PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Montclair and Verona Health Departments join Clara Maas Medical Center to host a Women’s Health Expo. Do you hesitate to book your preventative screenings? Do you even know which ones you should be getting and how often? Join Clara Maas Medical Center experts for a conversation about women’s health. This will be a conversation with the audience asking questions to our panel.

Free blood pressure and glucose screening available. You will also have the opportunity sign-up for other free or low cost screenings. Light refreshments will be served.

This valuable event will take place on Wednesday, October 29, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at The Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ. Please call 973-509-4969 to reserve your seat.

Montclair's Aging in Place Initiative PDF Print E-mail

Lifelong Montclair, Aging in Place logoThe Montclair Health Department and the Partners for Health Foundation launched an "Aging in Place” program earlier this year with the goal of transforming Montclair from a good place to live into a great place in which to grow older. The program was designed to address senior citizen concerns such as public transportation, pedestrian safety, parking, housing, activities for seniors, and others.

Katherine A. York, PhD, is spearheading the initiative as the project director. Katie is the point person who is engaging a broad range of community stakeholders to identify new services that complement community assets. She was also brought on board promote these new services, as well as existing programs.

Katie’s expertise in the aging field spans more than 10 years. She returned to New Jersey after working as the Northern Kentucky SHIP Coordinator, helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the public benefits maze. She has a BS in biology (Haverford College), an MBA (University of Massachusetts – Amherst), and a PhD in gerontology with a graduate certificate in developmental disabilities (University of Kentucky).

Read the June 2014 issue of the Aging in Place in Montcliar newsletter, "Lifelong Montclair".

For more information, contact Katie York at 973-509-4967 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fall 2014 Rabies Clinics PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Montclair Health Department has scheduled Fall 2014 Rabies Clinics for the dates below:

Cedar Grove: Monday, September 8
Cedar Grove Municipal Building Parking Lot
525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
6:00-7:30pm (Dogs 6:00-6:45, Cats 6:45-7:30)

Adults Need Vaccines Too! PDF Print E-mail

Monday, August 11, 2014

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunization is especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease.

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