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Downtown Newark, NJ

Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aides


(973) 504-6430
Due to COVID-19, messages by phone may result in a delayed response.
Please email your inquiry to the email listed on this webpage..

Inquiries about CHHAs may be forwarded to

Joanne Leone
Executive Director

Deborah Zuccarelli, BSN, RN​
Deputy Executive Director

P.O. Box 45010
Newark, New Jersey 07101


The Division of Consumer Affairs (Division) is warning all licensed professionals about individuals impersonating New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) investigators, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, DEA investigators, New Jersey Drug Control Unit investigators, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigators, and other law enforcement personnel, as part of an extortion scheme.

The impersonators are contacting licensees by telephone, stating that they are the subject of an  investigation.  The callers are demanding money to clear up the matter, or threatening to revoke the individual’s license.   Please be advised that the Division of Consumer Affairs will not contact licensees by telephone to discuss investigations or demand money.

Anyone receiving a telephone call from a person purporting to be any of the abovementioned individuals seeking money, should refuse the demand.  We encourage you to report the call to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at You may also report the call to the Division at


Please be advised that starting May 1, 2018, ALL applicants who wish to become a Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aide (CHHA) must apply for initial certification, with the Board of Nursing, ONLINE only. Paper applications for initial certification will no longer be accepted on or after May 1st.

Additionally, the Board of Nursing has eliminated the conditional/temporary work certification, so ALL applicants MUST undergo a criminal background check prior to beginning employment as a CHHA.

Employers and Training Programs should review the letter by the Board of Nursing for detailed instructions.  The respective letters can be found on the "Application and Forms" page off of the Board’s CHHA website.

When you or a loved one are recovering after an illness and need assistance at home, it is reassuring to know you can hire a certified homemaker-home health aide (CHHA). You should know that the agencies that employ aides are regulated by the Division of Consumer Affairs, and the aides themselves are regulated by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. Links from this page provide information you may find helpful in learning about CHHAs and agencies.

Before purchasing the services of a certified homemaker-home health aide, you should review with your nurse, doctor or hospital discharge planner the care that needs to be provided. Being informed about certified homemaker-home health aide services before a healthcare crisis arises will save you time and money, reduce stress and allow you to make an educated decision.

Last Modified: 5/27/2021 12:03 PM