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Department of Health, New Jersey

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The Department of Human Services is an agency in New Jersey.

The purpose of the Department of Human Services, the largest agency in the state, is to serve New Jersey's vulnerable citizens, such as those with low incomes; mental illnesses; developmental or late-onset disabilities; people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; parents needing child care services, child support and/or healthcare for their children; and families facing medical expenses.[1]


The Department comprises roughly one-fourth of the state's workforce and has a gross budget of about $10 billion.[1]

Department Appropriations for the past five years are as follows:[2]

Year Appropriations
2007 $4,636,481
2008 $4,921,626
2009 $4,958,236
2010 $4,647,493
2011 $4,465,151 (recommended)


The Department administers New Jersey's Medicaid program, which provides health insurance to low-income families, individuals, and the aged, blind or disabled.[3] As of December 2010, there were a total of 1,278,773 persons enrolled in the program.[4] The program offers various sub-programs, including the Medical Emergency Payment Program for Aliens.


The Department makes available publications, reports, press releases, and official testimony.[5]

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