Consumer Connections

Consumer Connections is a nationally recognized program which recruits, trains, and supports consumers of mental health services working to become providers of mental health services. The program works with mental health providers in New Jersey to expand employment opportunities for consumer providers. Consumer Connections offers courses which meet the educational requirements and lead to Certification as a Recovery Support Practitioner (CRSP).  For more information on the CRSP certification, please visit   For more information on Consumer Connections please email; or contact Chrissy Schayer, Director, at 908-810-1001, ext. 316.


Mission Statement

Consumer Connections, a program of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, is dedicated to strengthening and expanding peer workforce development. Through the creation of high quality training and educational opportunities, our goal is to empower individuals working as Peer Specialists to use their lived experience to support others in moving toward wellness and recovery.



Consumer Connections is offering a three-part series of specialty training titled Optimizing Recovery in Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders.  The individual workshops offered in this series are:

  • Addiction Recovery for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Individual and Family Education for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Barriers to Treatment and Recovery for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders

For full descriptions, and to register, please click here.


Peer Providers: Roles, Boundaries, and Threats to Tenure  is SOLD OUT! Thank you for the overwhelming interest in this workshop.


The inquiry period for the Spring 2016 CORE training in Ocean County is NOW CLOSED.  Thank you to all who expressed an interest in this round of training.  

Our next CORE training will be held in the summer in Atlantic County.  If you are interested in attending this training, the inquiry/application period will be open from February 29, 2016 through April 15, 2016.  


How to apply for CORE training


CORE Training Information

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Recovery Support Practitioner in the mental health or co-occurring disorders fields, and you are a consumer in recovery, you are eligible to apply for possible admission to the CORE training.  The 108 hours of CORE training and 18 hours of WRAP will satisfy the educational component for the Certified Recovery Support Practitioner (CRSP) credential.

The CORE Training selection process will begin with the submission of a contact form to the Consumer Connections program.  Interested applicants will participate in a phone interview with a member of our team. They then may be invited to participate in a group interview and submit a comprehensive training application. If selected to participate in the CORE training, students will be required to attend 22 specified days of training. Please see the event calendar below for details.

The CORE training program electronic contact form for the summer session will be available from February 29, 2016 through April 14, 2016.


For a list of important dates, please click here.



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Contact Us

Funding for Superstorm Sandy Recovery
Efforts through Generous Grants from:
American Red Cross Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

Address: 88 Pompton Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044

Telephone: 1.800.367.8850 Toll-Free

FAX: 973.857.1777

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