New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Receives National Mental Health Award

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Receives National Mental Health Award

Friday, February 12, 2021
Springfield, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy was recently honored with Mental Health America’s national B4Stage4 Leadership Award for excellence in mental health. Highlighted at the organization’s February virtual Regional Policy Council Meeting, this prestigious award signifies his commitment to treating behavioral health conditions before they are in a crisis mode (Stage 4) and recognizes his ongoing support of the behavioral health community. Governor Murphy was nominated for the B4Stage4 Leadership Award by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ), the New Jersey state affiliate of Mental Health America.

“It is my absolute honor to receive this award from Mental Health America,” said Governor Murphy. “In New Jersey, we recognize that taking care of our mental health is an important part of taking care of our overall health, and we must continue to work at eliminating the stigma that persists for those seeking mental health care.”

“Since Governor Murphy took office in 2018, he has demonstrated his commitment to continuously improving access to care for people with mental illness and substance use disorder. His progressive agenda has built a stronger state. In addition to the mental health and substance use disorder laws he has signed into place, he has managed our state though this pandemic by being open, forthright, and inclusive with the residents of New Jersey,” said Carolyn Beauchamp, MHANJ’s President and CEO.

There are several examples of his efforts. In 2019, Governor Murphy strongly backed and held a public signing of the mental-health parity law requiring measurement, accountability, and transparency of existing Federal and state parity laws. Parity assures that restrictions in insurance for behavioral health treatments are no more stringent than for physical health treatments. In 2020, Governor Murphy supported and signed the law requiring inclusion of mental health education in the health curriculum for public school students in grades K-through-12.

“Throughout the pandemic, Governor Murphy has shown his leadership to the residents of New Jersey and the nation as well, exhibiting great sensitivity regarding the effects that pandemic has had on the mental health of our citizens,” stated Barbara Johnston, MHANJ’s Director of Policy and Advocacy.

The MHANJ congratulations Governor Murphy on this honor and recognizes the other awardees, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, and Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.

The MHANJ is a statewide non-profit organization that strives for children and adults to achieve victory over mental health and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, training, and services. Headquartered in Union County, the MHANJ also has offices in Atlantic, Hudson and Ocean Counties and affiliates across New Jersey including Essex-Morris, Monmouth and Passaic Counties. For more information, visit or call 973-571-4100.

Mental Health America is a national non-profit organization whose programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. For more information visit