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NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma Hosts Media Roundtable

Updated: Sep 29, 2022
September 26, 2022 Dr. Otto Wahl, Author of Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness, to Deliver Keynote and Anti-Stigma Guidelines at this Event October 3, 2022 After a hiatus of several years, the Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma* was reactivated in January 2022. U...

Behavioral Healthcare Continuum, Workforce Are Critical for to Achieve Recovery, Avoid Suicide Risk

Published: Sep 8, 2022
September 9, 2022 September Is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month Across the nation, drastic shortages of mental healthcare and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment professionals have resulted in only about 28% of the need for these services being met,...

Tragic Deaths and Lasting Trauma Underscore Need for Strong Laws and Increased Access to Services

Published: May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is devastated to hear about the horrific loss of 19 students and two teachers, and serious injuries to several more children and ad...

Sharing Personal Stories of Mental Health Struggles Helps Eliminate Stigma

Published: May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022 Open conversations about mental health that have occurred as a result of the pandemic are helping to eliminate stigma, which is the greatest factor that prevents individuals from seeking help. An extremely powerful tool is sharing experiences with mental health challenges...

Provider Shares Heartwarming Example of the Value of Behavioral Health Services

Updated: May 4, 2022
May 4, 2022 "The power of hope: That's where we come in as providers. That one interaction, that one engagement can really change the trajectory for an individual in need. You're really looking at a multigenerational solution because we have the opportunity to engage not just the mom,...

Behavioral Healthcare Services Save and Enhance Lives

Published: Apr 28, 2022
April 28, 2022 "[At Carrier Clinic,] I underwent such a major transformation…They really helped me through that darkest phase…It does me a world of good to know that I'm helping others, even if it's in just one small way." -- Shauna Moses, Vice President, Public Affairs and Member...

National Minority Health Month Is an Especially Meaningful Time to Hear Tamika W's Inspiring Story

Published: Apr 13, 2022
April 13, 2022 "When it came to therapy and my behavior, they [Youth Consultation Service] gave me guidance on how to live with my mental health disorders. The whole agency kept me on track." - Tamika Walton, Employee, Youth Consultation Service Please click here to watch a video ...

NJAMHAA Honors State and Federal Leaders for Supporting Behavioral Health Care

Updated: Apr 4, 2022
March 31, 2022 The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) will honor Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who also serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal (D-11th District) and U.S. Cong...

NJAMHAA Honors State, Federal Leaders, Statehouse Reporter for Supporting Behavioral Health Care

Updated: Mar 23, 2022
March 23, 2022 Awards to Be Presented during the Spring Conference, Nurturing Diverse Communities, April 5th at Noon The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) will honor Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who also serves as Commissioner ...

NJAMHAA Testifies before New Jersey General Assembly Budget Committee

Published: Mar 22, 2022
March 22, 2022 On March 21, 2022, Debra Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA), testified before the New Jersey General Assembly Budget Committee. Dr. Wentz's oral testimony focused on the critical status of the ...

Diverse Individuals Share Positive Impact of Behavioral Healthcare Services

Published: Mar 14, 2022
March 14, 2022 NJAMHAA Calls for More Funding to Create New Opportunities for All New Jersey Residents "I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia…everything shut down for me. With [everyone at] Oaks Integrated Care, I was able to get back to living a normal life…[Now] I feel I...

Several NJAMHAA Priorities Addressed in Governor Murphy’s Budget Address

Published: Mar 8, 2022
March 8, 2022 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO While Governor Murphy only briefly touched on mental health and substance use treatment investments in statements during his budget address today, digging deeper into the State of New Jersey Budget in Brief Summar...
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