MHANJ in Hudson County

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) in Hudson County provides direct services to support and educate individuals with mental health challenges.

The MHANJ is a statewide non-profit organization that strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services. Since 1948, the MHANJ has fulfilled its mission by responding to issues raised by consumers of mental health services, working for changes and promoting policies that protect their rights and fighting the stigma that makes mental health recovery difficult. The MHANJ also provides a program that directly assists consumers in need, reducing the strain on limited government resources.

We continue to be a driving force through our advocacy efforts, working to ensure that mental health consumers have a voice.

About Peer Outreach Support Team (POST) Services in Hudson County
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s Peer Outreach Support Team (MHANJ’s POST) program consists of peers, people in recovery from mental health problems, who can share lived experience and serve as role models. POST staff members provide emotional support, information and assistance with referrals and links to community resources, such as mental health, medical, housing, employment and self-help programs. They also provide in-home peer counseling to consumers in crisis and assist them on the road to recovery.

The POST program is truly peers helping peers. The MHANJ has a long history of creating job opportunities for
consumers of mental health services, starting the POST program in the Atlantic County office in 1986. Through the years, peers who work on the POST teams have demonstrated that they are sometimes better able to engage consumers in services due to their first-hand knowledge of the mental health system from a consumer perspective. Working with peer staff members can be especially inspirational and empowering for consumers who have not worked or are not in the workforce.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey offers POST programs in Atlantic, Hudson, Ocean and Union Counties. Most POST clients live in the community and need treatment and support to help avoid relapse
and/or re-hospitalization. We often work closely with people who have recently been discharged from the hospital, or have been screened in an emergency room or screening center but were not hospitalized. We help people avoid crisis and stay healthy in the community.

How POST Works
POST encourages people to take responsibility for their own recovery. We usually work closely with a client for three-to-six months developing a partnership to create and support the client’s own recovery goals. In addition to the important one-to-one support. POST workers run a variety of groups such as twelve-step recovery meetings and
sessions that focus on wellness, employment, communication skills and social activities. These are held in various places including churches, self-help centers, boarding homes and other community settings.

How to Get POST Services
Ideally, individuals refer themselves to POST services but referrals can also come from family members, mental health or human services providers if the individual agrees to the referral. For more information please call 201-653-4700.

Additional Services Available in Hudson County and Statewide

The MHANJ’s Government Affairs department is the leader in advocacy for New Jersey mental health system initiatives. We work at the state and federal levels to improve policies and government responsiveness to consumer needs.

Community Education
The MHANJ’s Community Education Department uses an engaging approach to educate the public about mental health issues, fight stigma and promote mental wellness. A variety of topics and customized programs are available to meet the specific needs of an organization. (Statewide)

Educational presentations are available on-site at schools, health fairs, businesses and community organizations. Topics include Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), a personal roadmap for recovery; and Hearing Distressing Voices, a simulated experience that incites an understanding of challenges faced by those with psychiatric problems; and many others.

• Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds an understanding of their impact, and provides information about common
supports. This eight-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The
program covers specific types of illness including anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The MHANJ has certified staff available to provide training.

The MHANJ’s Mental Health Players program uses trained volunteers to present interactive role plays simulating mental health issues and facilitate guided discussion on the topics.

The MHANJ’s Promoting Emotional Wellness and Spirituality Program (PEWS)educates faith-based communities to better recognize mental illness and to increase awareness of resources.

Employment and Workforce Development
The MHANJ is the leading trainer of providers and peers working in New Jersey’s mental health system. We offer a comprehensive continuum of job readiness, job placement, and post-employment support as well as professional development opportunities for providers.

The MHANJ’s Career Connection Employment Resource Institute (CCERI) assists the mental health community in creating positive career paths for mental health consumers. Vocational preparation for mental health consumers includes a comprehensive Tools for Success program that covers job readiness and employment skills. We also provide partial care prevocational and specialized employment professional development for providers. (Statewide)

The MHANJ’s Consumer Connections is a nationally recognized program which recruits, trains and supports individuals in mental health recovery striving to become providers of mental health services. The program operates a job bank and meets the educational requirements that lead to Certification as a Recovery Support Practitioner (CRSP) and Certification as a Co-occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP). (Statewide)

The MHANJ’s services are funded through the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

MHANJ’s Call Center
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) Call Center recently achieved a mark of distinction by attaining national accreditation from Contact USA, one of the only programs in the country devoted to maintaining standards of service at calling programs.

NJ Connect for Recovery is the only call line dedicated to providing counseling specifically to individuals and families coping with addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers. (855-652-3737)

New Jersey MentalHealthCares is our mental health information and referral service which provides ongoing
emotional support, case management, and intervention as well as mental health screenings. (866-202-HELP) (4357)

Peer Recovery WarmLine (PRW) is a peer-run service providing ongoing telephone support to mental health consumers as they work on their recovery. (877-292-5588)

For more information about the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, visit, email or call 800-367-8850.

The MHANJ’s services are funded, in part, through the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.