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County of Sussex Announces Newly Appointed Director for the Division of Community and Youth Svcs
Release Date: October 13, 2011

"Ms. Latronica has demonstrated a unique combination of leadership experience and practical knowledge needed to provide the planning and community leadership necessary to ensure the highest quality of human services to Sussex County residents," said Stephen Gruchacz, Administrator for the Sussex County Department of Human Services.


County of Sussex Announces Newly Appointed Director for the Division of Community and Youth Services

(Newton, NJ) The County of Sussex has appointed Melissa Latronica as the Director of the Division of Community and Youth Services. Latronica began her career with the County in 2003 and has obtained extensive work experience having held the following positions within the Department; Youth Services Coordinator, Human Services Advisory Council Coordinator and Youth Shelter Director.

"Ms. Latronica will manage the daily operations of the Division of Community and Youth Services. She has demonstrated a unique combination of leadership experience and practical knowledge needed to provide the planning and community leadership necessary to ensure the highest quality of human services to Sussex County residents," said Stephen Gruchacz, Administrator for the Sussex County Department of Human Services.

Latronica received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in public administration and leadership from Centenary College.

"I am excited to have this opportunity to lead the Division of Community and Youth Services. It is an exceptional team dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of Sussex County through planning and community collaboration," said Melissa Latronica. "It is this collaborative effort that truly makes our community extraordinary. Sussex County has a dynamic group of community based service providers, which work in concert with the County to meet the needs of our citizens."

The role of the Sussex County Division of Community and Youth Services includes:

  • The Sussex County Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) is a county-based planning, advisory and coordinating organization dedicated to helping the community meet its human services needs.
  • The Sussex County Youth Services Commission (SCYSC) advocates for an accessible, responsive, integrated and coordinated system of care for the specific needs of youth and families residing in Sussex County and to implement the duties and responsibilities set forth in the Bring Our Children Home Act and the Juvenile Justice Commission - Youth Services Commission.
  • Local-Professional Advisory Committee on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (LACADA / PACADA) - The LACADA is appointed by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders to serve as their link to the needs and issues concerning those with substance abuse and/or alcohol related problems. The PACADA is a subcommittee of LACADA and is comprised of members of the professional community who provide treatment services.
  • Municipal Alliance Program - Municipal Alliances are municipal based volunteer committees, which provide alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs for all ages to the citizens of Sussex County.
  • Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC) provides the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders with information concerning the needs, wishes, status, etc., of Sussex County residents with disabilities and their families, along with educating the community regarding persons with disabilities and disability services.
  • Mental Health Board is a Freeholder appointed citizen advisory committee to both the NJ Division of Mental Health Services and the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders pertaining to our County's mentally ill citizens and the delivery of necessary mental health services.
  • Sussex County Juvenile Home Detention Program (HDP) is a community based electronic monitoring program for juvenile offenders that are remanded by the Family Court in order to insure their appearance at court or to address the safety of the community.
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) - The Sussex County Division of Community and Youth Services directly manages the Sussex County IDRC Program. Any person convicted of an alcohol related traffic offense must participate in a program at an Intoxicated Driving Resource Center (IDRC).
A program of the Department of Human Services, Stephen R. Gruchacz, Administrator, One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Phone 973-579-0555 Fax 973-579-0550 seniorservices@sussex.nj.us
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