The main purpose of the Board is to ensure the uniform and efficient administration of income maintenance and other programs mandated by law. Provide social services that enhance the quality of life for eligible members of the community. The Board meets monthly to certify assistance grants and other expenses. It has the authority to make its own decisions, set policy, and administer state and federal assistance programs in conformity with established regulations. The Passaic County Board of Social Services is composed of ten commissioners selected and appointed by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders under the authority of Title 44, New Jersey Revised Statutes. Seven of the Commissioners hold office for overlapping five year terms; two Freeholder representatives are appointed each year. The County Adjuster (an official responsible for handling all civil commitments and financial hearings that involve commitment to psychiatric or developmental disability facilities), is an ex-Officio member. The law specifies that two appointees must be women. Commissioners serve without compensation. The Agency Director is authorized by law to act as the Chief Executive and Approval Officer.
Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Board Conference Room on the third floor of 80 Hamilton Street, Paterson, New Jersey. The public is invited to attend.