The Mental Health Association in New Jersey --
Celebrating 75 Years of Making a World of Difference in the State of New Jersey
The MHANJ's Government Affairs Team works in the public and private sectors to improve treatment access and safeguard rights of New Jerseyans who are coping with mental illness and substance use disorders. We bring our strong advocacy voice to policy and the budget each year, playing a major role in identifying statewide behavioral health needs and encourage positive government response in New Jersey and the U.S.
We decrease prejudice against those who have mental health and substance use disorders and break down barriers to treatment by providing education to enhance awareness and understanding. The MHANJ's community education efforts bring mental health, addiction and crisis training to a broad venue of audiences. The New Jersey Mental Health Players interactive theater and discussion program presents to diverse groups such as police trainees, health care workers, senior citizens, students, medical conference attendees and family caregivers. The MHANJ has expanded Mental Health First Aid training across the healthcare delivery system, veterans, school nurses and caregivers throughout New Jersey. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds an understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.
We are a leading organization in training and credentialing mental health peers and successfully engaging them in employment as peer specialists.
Peer Outreach Support Teams in Atlantic, Hudson, Ocean and Union Counties and the Recovery Peer Outreach Support Team in Ocean County provide one-to-one support.
Our community wellness centers in Atlantic and Ocean Counties and our Spanish-speaking wellness center in Union County offer a wide array of peer-delivered wellness and recovery services.
The MHANJ in Ocean County's Tools for Success Program combines job readiness and job training skills to prepare in individuals in recovery for employment, with services provided by peers who model through their own recovery.
Our Consumer Connections Program offers training to aspiring behavioral health peer support service providers, helping to prepare them for the workforce. Our Career Connection Employment Resource Institute (CCERI) promotes best practices and works to expand workforce opportunities.
The MHANJ's Intensive Family Support Services Programs in Atlantic and Union Counties provide services to people who have an adult family member with mental illness. The Acute Family Care Programs assist families who have a loved on in crisis.
NJ Connect for Recovery — counseling specifically for individuals and families coping with addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers; expanded services made possible through a State grant in 2017 include offering guidance to families regarding use of private insurance and increased family workshops.
New Jersey MentalHealthCares — behavioral health counseling, information, and referral service providing ongoing emotional support, case management, intervention, and mental health screenings
Peer Recovery WarmLine — peer counseling service, providing ongoing telephone support to behavioral health consumers as they work toward their recovery
Self-Help Group Clearinghouse — connecting people to self-help groups for a vast variety of behavioral health and other physical and psychosocial issues
Operator of the Disaster Mental Health Helpline for the State of New Jersey
Participating center with the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine
Mental Health Association in New Jersey is a 501C3 Non-profit Organization. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org