The MHANJ Government Affairs (GA) Team works to ensure that New Jersey residents have access to quality behavioral health care (mental health and substance use). We advocate for integrated behavioral and physical health care. We are proactive in supporting parity for behavioral health with physical health care. The GA team manages MHANJ’s advocacy, legislative and public policy work on the state and national level. This is accomplished through working with legislators and key governmental leadership officials—assuring a strong peer/consumer voice while supporting choice and the rights of individuals. The GA team operates under the core belief that wellness and recovery is attainable.