The Somerset County Advisory Council on Disability Issues advises the Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Department of Human Services. Activities include planning for the needs of persons with disabilities, assisting in the development and coordination of services for persons with disabilities, providing community education and awareness, advocating for persons with disabilities in federal and state legislative processes, and acting as a referral source for individuals seeking services.
The Advisory Council on Disability Issues (ACODI) has a minimum of 15 and maximum of 25 members who demonstrate qualities of leadership and involvement in matters related to persons with disabilities. Fifty-one (51%) percent of the membership includes persons with a disability or individuals who have a family member/significant other that is disabled. Other members include representatives from agencies, organizations, or providers.
Appointments to the ACODI, for a term of one calendar year, are made at the discretion of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The ACODI meets ten times during the calendar year. Advisory Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., at the Human Services offices in Somerville. The re-organization meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders constitutes the January meeting. There are no meetings in July and August.