Reporting to the Commissioner of Health, the Chief of Staff (COS) provides leadership to a team of senior managers supporting 1,200 employees, 2 major branches, 8 divisions, 14 offices, and 4 commissions. The COS has oversight of the executive management team that is responsible for administrative, financial and facility management; internal and external communications; boards and commissions; ethics compliance; data privacy; Diversity and Equity services; human resources, recruitment and training; legislative and constituent services; legal and regulatory compliance; and a combined State/Federal budget of $1 billion.
The Deputy Chief of Staff facilitates the operations of the Department and provides management support to the executive management team to ensure that the organization has the appropriate operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and resources to effectively implement policies and manage an extensive and comprehensive array of services and programs. The executive management team is responsible for administrative, financial and facility management; communications; boards and commissions; ethics; EEO/AA services; human resources, recruitment and training; legislative and constituent services; and legal and regulatory compliance.
Management and Administration supports the operational programs of the Department of Health. It is responsible for planning and directing the Department's annual budget request, monitoring department accounts, overseeing accounting and purchasing activities, federal funds management, grant management, auditing, accounting, administrative and facility operations, facilitating the success of the operating divisions within the Department. The Division has four service units: the Budget & Financial Planning, Accounting & Procurement, Administrative Services and Grants & Auditing. Its operating budget is approximately $1.7 billion, comprised of state and federal funding along with revenues received from fees and fines.
The Office of Diversity and Equity Services ensures that all employees, applicants for employment and persons conducting business with the Department of Health encounter an environment that is free from prohibited discrimination or harassment in accordance with the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace and promotes a work environment that embraces the ideals of equality, dignity and respect.
Provides assistance and guidance to management and employees of the Department regarding personnel administration in the public sector.
Legislative Services serves as liaison with the Governor's office and in legislative matters relating to the Department of Health’s mission. During each legislative session, the Office is charged with tracking and assessing legislation, policy, and regulatory issues of importance to the Department. The Office serves as the principal contact and coordinator for all Department interaction with the Legislature and its staff. It assists in solving constituent issues for legislative and government offices, in consulting and corresponding with other government officials, and works with both industry representatives and the general public to explain and receive comments on policy proposals as well as existing policies.
The Office of Communications provides strategic internal and external communications, partnering with the major branches and offices of the Department to cover a wide range of issues related to public health, communicable disease, health care systems and financing, prevention and wellness. The Office of Communications works with news media from local, national, and international media outlets to share information essential to improving the health of New Jersey’s communities, connect the public with important information and services, and maintain transparency. As a matter of policy, all media inquiries and interview requests are answered within the Office of Communications. In addition to issuing traditional news releases, news advisories and public notices, DOH is strengthening its real-time communication channels.
Legal and Regulatory Compliance provides research, review, drafting, analysis, and guidance on the substance of the statutes and rules governing the Department of Health’s responsibilities. The Office advises management and staff on a range of topics including contracts, data use and confidentiality, employment and personnel matters, open public record requests, public health preparedness and response, and regulatory compliance and enforcement. The Office cannot provide advice to the general public.
The boards and commissions offer opportunities related to Department policy, regulations, and programs. Appointments are made by the Governor, which may require the Advice and Consent of the State Senate, while others are made by the Direct Appointment of the Governor. In addition, there are several Department Advisory Boards, in which the Commissioner appoints members.
Cathleen D. Bennett
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
New Jersey is home to over 2,000 licensed hospitals, nursing homes, and medical care facilities. The New Jersey Department of Health works to ensure that citizens receive appropriate levels of care in every regulated facility.
New Jersey's local and county health departments are community-based public health service and a first point of contact for questions about public health services or health conditions.