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 about Consumer Connections please email; or contact Chrissy Schayer, CPRP, Director, at 908-810-1001, ext. 316.

If you have questions about the process or requirements for Certification as a Recovery Support Practitioner? Please visit The Certification Board’s website at or email them at

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Consumer Connections 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.

About CORE Training

CORE Training is offered at various times throughout the year. 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 the Consumer Connections contact form, found on our website.  Applicants will participate in a phone interview regarding their goals and interest in working as a peer.  Many applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory three day WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) / Peer training. Applicants will be notified of the dates and location. Participants will submit a self-assessment and writing sample upon completion of the three day course.  All participants will receive a certificate upon completion. Not all participants will move on into CORE Training.

If selected, students will be required to attend classes for 10 weeks. Classes will be held two days per week during those months. The CORE Training will be held at the Mental Health Association in NJ Training Facility in Union NJ.

The Fall CORE applicant period is closed due to an overwhelming number of contact inquiries, effective June 30, 2015.  Please watch for information about the Winter session.


Announcing An Upcoming Specialty Training: Working with Individuals who have Co-Occurring Disorders and their Families – August 25, 26, 27, 2015 in Union


Please Note: This training is a series of three. Participants must register for each training individually. Registration is required. All sessions will be held at the Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s training facility: 2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suite 206/208, Union, NJ 07083.

In recent years, there has been a shift in the significance of engaging families/significant others in the treatment of individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).  This 3-day course will offer participants a broad knowledge base and skill set designed to enhance their ability to address the special needs of such individuals as well as their families.  A summary and list of objectives for each day is provided.  Each course has been approved for 6 renewal (recertification) credits by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of NJ, Inc. Developed and presented by Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS   Click here for more details and links to register.


Attention CORE Graduates

-Please see the Mental Health Association in New Jersey is accepting applicaitons for the position of  Esperanza Self-Help Center Manager, dated August 2015. To see the job description and information about how to apply, click: Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Esperanza Self-Help Center Manager Job Description

– Please see the Peer Advocate job posting from Oaks Integrated Care dated July 2, 2015, by clicking: Peer Advocate Job Posting

– Please see the Community Support Specialist/Peer Support job posting from Triple C Housing from July 2015 by clicking: Community Support Specialist – Peer Support Specialist

 For a list of important dates, please click here.



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