News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Douglas Singleterry, Commissioner

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2024


Somerset County Staff and HELPS Van to Visit Bridgewater and North Plainfield Libraries for National County Government Month

Learn About Free Mental Health Services & Other Programs


The Somerset County HELPS mobile outreach van with (r-l) Somerset County Commissioners Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry with staff from the County’s Human Services Department.


BRIDGEWATER, NJ – In honor of National County Government Month (NCGM) in April, Somerset County will be shining a light on the mental health and substance use disorder services offered and supported by the County, at a time when the nation is dealing with a surge in problems of those kinds. Somerset County mental health leaders and social workers will be available to meet with the public, and they will be joined by the Somerset County HELPS mobile outreach van.

“The purpose of National County Government Month is to inform and remind residents about the valuable services and programs the county offers,” said Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “This year the Somerset HELPS Van will be at two libraries where residents can receive valuable information about the County’s free Mental Health services and meet with knowledgeable representatives from the Human Services division who will help with referrals and gaining access to other resources.”

Last year, the White House Report on Mental Health Research Priorities concluded “our nation is facing a mental health crisis among people of all ages, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made these problems worse.” Somerset County government has made it a priority to address these issues by expanding services at the Richard Hall Community Health & Wellness Center, by launching a mobile outreach van, hiring a mental health services navigator, and increasing grants to local nonprofits that provide services for people dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorder recovery. Funding has come from the American Rescue Plan and the national opioid settlement.

County Government Week at Bridgewater Library, April 8 to 12
Information about the County’s free services and programs will be available in the lobby of the Bridgewater Library during business hours. Brochures and flyers with information about Medicare, transportation, senior wellness centers, free mental health services, and much more will be on display for free.

Somerset Helps Van at Bridgewater and North Plainfield Libraries

The Somerset Helps Van is a mobile resource that provides services directly to communities needing support. Bilingual (English/Spanish) staff will be available at the two libraries to provide information and resources about a wide range of human services programs.

There will also be a brief presentation at both library locations along with refreshments and bags of food for families in need. In addition, staff will distribute Narcan, a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.


The Somerset Helps Van will be visiting the libraries at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Bridgewater Library

1 Vogt Drive

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

  • Friday, April 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

North Plainfield Library

6 Rockview, Ave.

North Plainfield, NJ 07060

National Association of Counties (NACo)
The NACo was founded in 1935 to strengthen America’s counties by supporting best practices, nurturing leadership skills, optimizing county and taxpayer resources, and increasing the public’s understanding of county government.

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