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NJ Connect for Recovery is offering valuable “train the trainer” workshops to teach family members and peers how to facilitate the Family Education Workshop. This six-hour training reviews the workshop sessions, handouts, exercises/group activities, and group facilitation. For dates, locations and more info, please see the flyer. To register contact ... See MoreSee Less

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MHANJ team from across our Community Education, Mental Health Players, NJ Connect for Recovery and Journey to Wellness Center come together as part of program to train probation supervisors. MHANJ provides significant training to NJ's law enforcement community on behavioral health issuex to increase knowledge of officers, teach crisis intervention, and understand how together we all can support long term recovery. Learn more at ... See MoreSee Less

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The Mental Health Association applauds Governor Murphy's plan to provide each school in NJ a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor to train it's teachers, staff and community members in Mental Health First Aid. For the past 8 year MHANJ has advocated for this commitment by the state as our organization has trained over 12,000 citizens in MHFA! We can't wait to be part of this exciting expansion in the coming year!Become a Mental Health First Aider and be the difference for someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. ... See MoreSee Less

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MHANJ is the leader in providing Wellness Recovery Action Planning training in New Jersey. Learn how to bring this evidence based practice of recovery into your life, and your behavioral health organization's toolkit. A proven life long recovery support! Contact us at to join our WRAP community.Jeana Simko, Peer Employment Specialist, Pathways Program (MHANJ-Ocean) and Mike Leodis, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and Peer Support Coordinator (MHANJ-Ocean) enjoy a fun activity during WRAP SEMINAR 2 Facilitator Training in Brick, NJ today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our own Rachel O’Dea, Director of Mental Health Association in New Jersey- Ocean County, was pleased to represent MHANJ at Governor Phil Murphy's recent Opioid Roundtable. MHANJ in Ocean County is one of the New Jersey Department of Labor's (NJDOL's) Pathways to Recovery grantees, actively working with people in recovery and assisting them with employment readiness and job searching. NJDOL began partnering with 6 counties in June 2019, working on creating innovative partnerships and new strategies that would have otherwise been difficult without assistance from the Governor’s funding, resulting in 500 participants receiving coordinated case management, and nearly 150 people placed into employment. In the pic with Rachel (who is on the right) are Andie Lesko, a NJDOL’s Pathways to Recovery participant, and Sherie Jenkins and Mariana Beshai-Ascander from NJDOL. ... See MoreSee Less

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Insurance Navigation and Information with Claudia Beljean, Connect for Recovery, Insurance Specialist Insurance can be a barrier to treatment for those who do not understand their rights and are unclear on where to start when seeking help. NJ Connect for Recovery helps those who may have questions concerning insurance, including private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare […]

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 […]

Self-Help 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.

NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line – for People Concerned About a Family Member or Friend’s Substance Use

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line offers guidance to people who are concerned about a a family member or friend who is living with a substance use disorder. NJ Connect for Recovery collaborates with important agencies in New Jersey. For more information call NJ Connect for Recovery […]

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