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 now accepting inquiries for its spring 2015 CORE training in Middlesex County!

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 and submit an application.  They then may be invited to attend the 18 hour WRAP/Peer training.  If selected to participate in the CORE training, students will be required to attend 18 specified days of training in the spring.

Please click here to access the Consumer Connections contact form.  Only completed forms will be accepted. Mail to Chrissy Schayer, Director, Consumer Connections Program, MHANJ, 88 Pompton Ave, Verona, NJ, 07044. You may also email completed contact forms to

Applicants will be contacted by a Consumer Connections representative within five (5) business days to complete or arrange to complete a phone interview and application submission.

For those without computer access, information can also be obtained by contacting either Chrissy Schayer, Director,  908-810-1001 extension 316, or emailing

All inquiries must be received by February 13, 2015.



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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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