General Information

The Montvale Board of Health meetings are held on the first Monday (excluding holidays) in January, March, May, June, September, November and December. Meetings are held at the Montvale Municipal Complex, Conference Room #1, 2nd floor, the meetings start  at 7:45pm, all residents are welcomed to attend.

The Montvale Board of Health in cooperation with Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission and Health Awareness Regional Program (HARP) of Hackensack University Medical Center provide an annual flu vaccination clinic in September or October of each year.  Once the date of the clinic has been confirmed it will be advertise on the website. For additional information regarding health programs contact Health Awareness Regional Program at 201 996 2038 or the board secretary, Janet Russo at 201 391 5700 extension 257.

Montvale Board of Health provides public health activities as described in the "Public Health Practice Standards for Local Boards of health in New Jersey".Services provided include community public health, public health nursing, health  education, and immunization programs for our residents.

Food establishment inspections; testing potentially hazardous foods; health related complaint investigations, call Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission  at  201-445-7217 or  for up to date information, postings & upcoming events at or visit their website

In January  the Board of Health, in cooperation with Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission offer a free rabies vacination clinic.Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dog(s) or cat(s) to the Department of Public Works (DPW) Garage located at One Memorial Drive  to vaccinate  and  license their pet(s). Please refer to Borough of Montvale website in December for additional information  regarding the clinic. All pet owners are reminded that borough ordinance requires that all dogs and cats are required to be license. Failure to comply may result in a fine. 


About The Board of Health

The history of the Montvale Board of Health is almost as long as that of the Borough itself. The second ordinance that was passed by the first Mayor and Council was dated March 4, 1865. It was "AN ORDINANCE CONSTITUTING A BOARD OF HEALTH IN THE BOROUGH OF MONTVALE." The ordinance called for a five-person Board to be comprised of the Assessor, the Tax Collector and the Clerk, together with two other citizens appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. On March 11, 1895, Garret F. Hering was appointed as the first President of the Montvale Board of Health.

Over the past one hundred years, the mission of the Board of Health has changed. During the nineteenth century, waves of epidemics persisted and included many communicable diseases. There were few antibiotics and immunizations available. Scientific discovery of organisms during the later part of the century opened a new wave of sanitation concerns and control, and these discoveries had a major impact on the development of public health practice. State and local governments felt increasingly responsible for controlling the spread of bacteria and micro-organisms.

The Montvale Board of Health began safeguarding water and food as well as overseeing sewage disposal. Victims of contagious diseases were quarantined . Early efforts also included inspecting septic tanks, monitoring dairy farms and ensuring adequate drinking water from the many wells in Montvale.  

Today the Board of Health, an autonomous group under the capable leadership of Joyce Cohen, meets every other month to review health inspections, monitor health complaints and conduct a general overview of the health status of the community. A flu vaccination clinic and a rabies inoculation clinic are sponsored annually. These are widely attended by the citizens of Montvale. In addition,  Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission, under the supervision of Angela Musella, Health Officer, and public nurses from HARP, the Health Awareness Regional Program of Hackensack University Medical Center, are retained by the Montvale Board of Health to assist in meeting the health care needs of the community.



Rehabilitation Technology Programs

The Modification Access Project (MAP)

Provides financial assistance to Bergen County residents who have disabilities or are over the age of 60 who require increased access to their homes in order to accommodate disabilities. Such projects can include ramps, widening of doorways, roll-in showers, lifts, automatic door openers and more. Where needed, MAP can also help pay for professional evaluations.

The Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP)

Assists Bergen County residents with disabilities or those who are over 60 to purchase medical and non-medical equipment and services that can help improve their day-to-day lives. This type of equipment could include bathroom safety bars, bath benches, walkers, hearing aids, automobile modifications, air conditioners, as well as rental of wheelchairs. MAP and SNAP are funded by the Bergen County Department of Human Services For more information, contact Maria Perez (201) 996-9100 ext. 18

New Jersey Polio Network

Aids individuals throughout the state who have been affected by polio. Individuals can apply for grants for such needs as medical evaluations, home modifications, assistive devices and medical transportation costs. For more information, contact Maria Perez (201) 996-9100 ext. 18

State of NJ Health Resources 

NJ Flu Information 


NJ Zika Information

Board of Health News

Guidelines to Coyotes

Coyotes are members of the dog family and closely resemble a small German Shepherd with the exception of their long snout and bushy black- tipped tail.  A noticeable difference from a domestic dog is that they have the habit of holding its tail in horizontal position or lower.  They can range in colors from blonde, red and black.  

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Pet Waste Disposal

Board of Health reminds pet owners or anyone that walks a pet that it is unlawful to dispose of pet’s waste in municipal storm drains. For additional information visit

Board of Health - Upcoming Programs

The Montvale Board of Health is offering free health and wellness programs at the Montvale Senior & Community Center

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Safe disposal of Syringes and Medicine

Over the counter and prescription medications should not be disposed down the drain because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and they may end up in your local waterways, and may eventually be found in drinking water. Properly disposing of unwanted and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in the trash promotes a healthy aquatic environment and prevents accidental poisoning and intentional abuse Read more ...

What you should know about Rabies

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.

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