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Montclair Township

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 Niki Dawson 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, Registrar’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
Arlene Karp, Vital Statistics, Registrar
Linda Tate, Administrative Assistant

“Seniors In Taxis” Program Provides Reduced Taxi Fares to Seniors PDF Print E-mail

Tueday, November 17, 2015

Taxi sign litMontclair taxi vouchers are now available at a discounted price to residents age 62 and older at the Montclair Health Department (third floor, Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue). Voucher holders may ride taxis door-to-door throughout the Township, as well as to and from the Mountainside Hospital area. The ‘Seniors In Taxis’ SIT program is a pilot initiative developed in response to a transportation priority identified by seniors in a 2013 township-wide survey conducted by the Montclair Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC). Partners for Health Foundation is funding the program and Lifelong Montclair, the Montclair Department of Health & Human Services, and SCAC helped implement it.

Montclair Earns National and International Age-Friendly Community Designation PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lifelong Montclair logoThe Township's Lifelong Montclair aging in place initiative is pleased to announce that Montclair is now a member of AARP’s Network of Age-friendly Communities and the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Montclair is only the second New Jersey municipality to receive such a designation, following Princeton.

“Membership in the AARP and WHO networks means that Montclair leaders and residents have made the commitment to actively work toward making the Township a great place for people of all ages,” said Lifelong Montclair Project Director, Dr. Katie York.

In order to achieve the designation Montclair had to demonstrate its commitment to being an age-friendly community by addressing, or showing a commitment to address, certain requirements:

Gill Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Essex County Parks Passes Freeholder Board PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, October 8, 2015"No Smoking" sign

Ordinance aimed at improving air quality in Essex County open spaces

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed an ordinance he sponsored that would prohibit smoking in Essex County Parks.

“It’s our priority to ensure the children and families utilizing Essex County’s parks have a safe and healthy environment to enjoy, and this resolution takes a significant step in that direction,” said Freeholder Gill. "The dangers that tobacco and second hand smoke pose are well-documented, so we must take every step possible to ensure that Essex County residents have access to the basic right of clean air. I remain committed to working with great organizations like NJGASP to continue creating safe spaces for the people of Essex County to enjoy.”

Montclair Snow Buddies to Expand Operations PDF Print E-mail

Monday, September 21, 2015

Last year, Boy Scout Troop 8, led by Eagle Scout applicant, John Gouwar, created the Montclair Snow Buddies program designed to pair senior citizens in the community who need help during the winter shoveling snow with volunteers who assist them. John developed the program as a small-scale pilot project in partnership with the Montclair Health Department and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC). This year John and fellow scouts from Troop 8 are committed to expanding the project in an effort to help a greater number of Montclair’s senior citizens.

But they need your help.

Licensing Your Pet Has Its Benefits - AND It's the Law PDF Print E-mail

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Montclair Health Department encourages all dog and cat owners to license their pets with the town  – this is required by law. Compliance brings benefits to you, your pet and the community.

There are many reasons to register and license your pet.

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