MHANJ Announces 10th Annual Walk/Run for Wellness and Recovery – Register today!
To Benefit
In Partnership with
 
5K Walk and 5K Certified Run
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Nomahegan Park, Cranford, NJ

Please Join Us!

 Click here today to Register for the Walk! 

 Email here to Pre-register for the Run.

We Have Dreams Too.
The vision of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey is a statewide community in which people coping with mental health and substance use issues can achieve full potential, free from stigma and other barriers to recovery.
Proceeds will help to ensure that we can continue to provide advocacy, training and services to those who need us.
Details
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Nomahegan Park,
Cranford, NJ
Registration 8:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony 9:30 a.m.
5K Run Starts 9:45 a.m.
Walk Starts 10:00 a.m.
$25 Registration for Walk* and
$30 Registration to Run*
– Includes Event T-Shirt –

*Online Registration Closes October 12

Registration Day-Of: 
Run is $35
Walk is $30
(Severe Weather Date October 22, 2017)
Featuring: Focus on wellness and recovery with anti-stigma, fun activities for the whole family.
Dogs also welcome.

Click here for more information.

 Questions? Call 973-571-4100, ext. 123 or click here to email Rosemary Scoppetuolo, Events Planner.
Self-Help Group Clearinghouse Offers Support, Guidance and Referrals

Are you or is someone you know struggling to cope with an ongoing medical or emotional health problem? A self-help support group dedicated to a particular issue may provide the assistance and information that is needed. The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse database has contact information for over 8,600 support group meetings throughout  the 21 counties of New Jersey. They cover a broad spectrum of physical and behavioral health challenges, providing valuable emotional, social, and community support through peer assistance and education.

“The Mental Health Association in New Jersey is an established, go-to resource for information and referral for behavioral healthcare services in the state. We consider the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse a great complement and extension to our services and a helpful support in the important big-picture effort to integrate physical and behavioral health education,” stated Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.

How it Works
The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a free and confidential service which is accessed through a new website and or by speaking with our call center staff.

For People Seeking Help — The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse staff provides information and referral to its vast network of support groups.

For Self-Help Groups in New Jersey AND for Those Wishing to Start a Self-Help Group — Our staff provides technical assistance, training and continuing education to established groups and to those who wish to start a new group.

The new website, njgroups.org, features 24/7 access to a searchable database of self-help support groups. It also includes:  links and contact forms to easily submit questions, a process to request to have a group listed, topical psychosocial information, tips and advice about running a support group, and a downloadable brochure.

For the confidential, toll-free call line dial 800-367-6274, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This line is especially for New Jerseyans who would like to discuss their needs with a trained specialist who can recommend an appropriate group, AND for people who would like to arrange a support group training session or obtain assistance and advice about running a support group.

“With the new website we hope to significantly increase and expand the use of self-help, recovery and support services by people impacted by chronic physical illnesses to promote long term recovery. The project offers free training and technical assistance to support the creation of these groups. We seek to partner with other healthcare organizations to create new groups in communities across New Jersey,”   said Robert Kley, MHANJ’s Vice President and COO.

Through a contract with the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has recently been appointed to provide the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse.

For more information about the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearing House, please call 800-367-6274 or email Barbara White, Outreach Coordinator, at bwhite@mhanj.org.

Collaboration Established to Help Improve Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment and Family Support in NJ

 

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line is a key member of a new collaboration of call line services formed to help those affected by the heroin and prescription painkiller addiction crisis in New Jersey. The recent creation of ReachNJ by Governor Chris Christie presented the opportunity to coordinate key statewide gatekeepers to maximize access, information and services for those directly impacted by this crisis. This new alliance fosters a collaborative approach to ensure that the person coping with an addiction issue as well as his/her family members gets the specific type of help needed.
Under the leadership of the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, NJ Connect for Recovery has forged a strong alliance with ReachNJ, Rutgers’ Interim Management Entity addiction treatment initiative and the Children’s System of Care to create a broad based seamless system providing emotional support, education, guidance, access to treatment, and ongoing family and peer support — all so critical to addressing our heroin and prescription painkiller addiction epidemic.

Here is a brief overview of what each of these call line services do; please click the links for more information:

— ReachNJ — provides people coping with opiate addiction with information and referral to needed services
— Interim Managing Entity — provides screening for addiction and placement into needed services through the New Jersey public system of care

— Children’s System of Care within the Department of Children and Families — provides resources and treatment for children with behavioral health and/or developmental challenges through the New Jersey public system of care and PerformCare, its management entity that assesses and refers to services

— NJ Connect for Recovery — provides individuals coping with opiate addiction and their family members with counseling and referrals.

This formalized collaboration enables increased sharing of resources and expertise affording streamlined access for services needed to cope with opiate addiction.

“The success of the Governor’s ReachNJ and statewide media campaign has significantly increased calls to all of our organizations. This collaboration helps to ensure that addicted populations and their families are connected to the services and support they need,” said Carolyn Beauchamp, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s President and CEO.

Help and Hope for Families 
Family members can play an invaluable role in a person’s recovery from mental health and substance use issues. As much as they may desire to make a difference, there are many barriers to overcome; however there are resources available to help.

 

Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) is a program that encompasses a range of supportive activities designed to improve the overall functioning and quality of life for family members with a mentally ill relative, including psychoeducation groups, individual family consultations, family support groups, system advocacy and linkage and referral. The MHANJ provides IFSS programs in Atlantic and Union Counties. IFSS is made possible with funding from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services; there is no cost to participate. Click here to read more about the MHANJ’s IFSS programs and for contact information. For contact information for IFSS programs in other counties, please call the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline, toll-free, at 866-202-HELP (4357) (TTY 866-294-4356).

 

The MHANJ’s NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line was established to help family members as well as the person coping with opiate addiction issues. NJ Connect for Recovery also offers support and education groups for family members, providing a safe place for them to talk and share resources. For more information, please click here for the NJ Connect for Recovery Help Line website or dial the Call Line, toll-free, at 855-652-3737 (TTY 866-294-4356).

 

Expanded Hours for NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line – for People Coping with Opiate Addiction and their Family Members
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line has expanded weekday hours to increase access to guidance for people coping with opiate addiction and their family members.
New Hours for NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line, 855-652-3737:
Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Weekends, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Holidays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
The expanded hours further NJ Connect for Recovery’s collaboration with ReachNJ, Rutgers’ Interim Managing Entity addiction treatment initiative and the Children’s System of Care, all of which are dedicated to helping those affected by New Jersey’s heroin and prescription painkiller addiction crisis. This alliance was established to assure a strong, seamless system of providing emotional support, education, access to treatment, and ongoing family and peer guidance – all so critical to addressing this issue in our state.
Having Trouble Getting an Appointment  with a Mental Health Care Professional?

Call The MHANJ Access to Mental Health Care Initiative for Help and Support! We can:

  • Walk you through the maze of private and public insurance
  • Provide advocacy and support through the process
  • Follow up with the Authorities to address the laws and regulations for access to care

How?

Call the NJ MentalHealthCares line at 866-202-HELP (4357) and the friendly staff will help you identify resources available for you.  If needed, they will refer you to the MHANJ Community Advocate for more support through the Access to Mental Health Care Initiative.

Medicaid Transportation for Health Care Consumers Late or Unreliable in NJ, MHANJ Survey Finds (Link to Study Results Included)

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An alarming 57% of respondents said transportation has been late or unreliable in last 6 months; 53% missed important doctor’s appointments due to late or failed transportation In a survey conducted by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ), an alarming number of respondents (57%) indicated that their Medicaid transportation to mental health treatment and care has been unreliable or late in the past six months; while 53% indicated that the failed transportation service caused them to miss important doctor’s appointments. MHANJ conducted the survey in response to complaints and concerns about the inconsistency in quality and reliability of LogistiCare, the company contracted in New Jersey to provide transportation to individuals living with mental health conditions who have Medicaid.

Click here or on the image above to read the Cutting Edge newsletter article.

Click here to read the Medicaid Transportation Survey results and report.

 

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Efforts through Generous Grants from:
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Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

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