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23rd Annual Public Forum – “Celebrating You” – on June 12

23rd Annual Public Forum for Consumers and Families
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Haggerty Center
353 East Hanover Ave.
Morristown, N.J. 07960

Join us for an interactive evening that includes:

  • A Forum for public comment from you on the local human service system – What is working and what could be done better?
  • Personal stories of wellness and recovery
  • Presentation of the Terri Belske Mental Health Advocate of the Year Award
  • Music and entertainment
  • Community resources, local connections and information on wellness activities
  • Light supper

This forum is for consumers and family members, public officials, providers and advocates. For more information, please call Laurie Becker at 973-285-6852.

Governor Christie: Addiction Knows No Bounds, It Does Not Carefully Choose Its Victims

Governor Chris Christie addressed more than 1,200 state and national leaders in addiction prevention and recovery at the recent New Jersey Prevention Network’s 17th Annual Addiction Conference. The conference educates prevention & treatment professionals about critical issues surrounding substance use. Governor Christie stressed the need to destigmatize, prevent and treat the disease of addiction with a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach.

Taking HOPE on the Road

The HOPE ONE van, parked on a street in MorristownThe Morris County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Unit, in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, Morris County Prevention is Key and their Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES), launched “HOPE ONE” on April 3, 2017.

“HOPE ONE” is a mobile recovery access center vehicle that travels twice a week to different locations throughout Morris County to meet with and provide critical support for individuals struggling with addiction, with the goal of preventing drug overdoses and deaths.  “HOPE ONE” is staffed with a Morris County Sheriff’s Officer, licensed clinician and a certified peer recovery specialist who understand the needs of those suffering from addiction are able to provide clients immediate access to services and treatment facilities, leading them on the road to recovery and wellness.  In addition, Narcan training and kits are provided to family members and friends of those suffering with Opiate addiction.

3 members of the HOPE ONE staff, set up in a tent outside of the vanHOPE One is a vehicle that was previously utilized during tactical operations.  All law enforcement logos and lights have been removed from the vehicle.  The exterior now has a purple ribbon to signify recovery and “HOPE ONE” is inscribed within the purple ribbon.  A 24 hour contact number for Morris County CARES is on the vehicle along with the “Stigma Free” logo.

This brand new approach delivers services in a unique way, blending law enforcement and social services to bring HOPE into communities.  To allow for more interaction and the ability to connect with individuals suffering from addiction, the HOPE ONE mobile recovery access center travels to different communities within Morris County, the vehicle parks and sets up refreshments in an effort to encourage those in need of services to approach the vehicle.  Providing a comfortable, stigma free setting has allowed this program to effectively make contact with and provide services to individuals who have had difficulty navigating the journey of accessing appropriate services in the past.

Some locations that HOPE ONE will be travelling to in the near future are:

5/1/17, 9a-2p
Our Lady Star of the Sea
204 Espinong Rd
Lake Hopatcong (Jefferson)

5/4/17, 9a-2p
Madison Train Station
Lincoln Place

5/8/2017, 9a-2p
Trinity Church
Mercer and Blackwell Streets

Cast Your Vote in the NJ Mental Health Poetry Contest!

News from NAMI NJ:

NAMI Poetry contest logo. Vote for your favorites by May 31!

We thank all the poets, NAMI NJ friends and families for getting those amazing poems to us for the 2017 NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “the process or processes you use to help you make it through the tough times.”

We received many worthy entries. After multiple rounds of careful reading, we finally selected the Top Ten Poems. The judging criteria consisted of:

  • Using the theme of mental health
  • The way the subject matter was handled
  • Originality
  • Style

NAMI NJ members and friends are now called on to VOTE ONLINE and help us pick the Top Three Poems. Support our poets and cast your vote by Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

All poems entered into the contest will be showcased on NAMI NJ’s Poetry Corner webpage in the coming months.

Thank you for your participation. Enjoy the poems!

13 Reasons Why or Why Not?

The new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has given the mental health community a lot to think about. Mental Health Advocate Wendy Sefcik’s blog post dives in:

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a book by Jay Asher. As a mom who lost her 16-year-old son T.J. to suicide I find myself reading and watching everything I can about suicide in the hopes of learning something new that I can pass on to help raise awareness and prevent others from dying by their own hand.

Emotions are running high concerning this series as people on one side condemn it while others advocate it should be required viewing. As with most issues I believe the reality lies somewhere in between. First and foremost, the series is out and kids are watching it, so what should you know about it?

Read the rest of 13 Reasons Why or Why Not.


Governor Chris Christie visited Whippany recently to announce an expansion of the ReachNJ campaign that will promote life-saving treatment and services for people battling addiction, those vulnerable to this disease and their families. The reason for his visit was to highlight subjects of new advertisements focused on access to Stigma Free drug abuse prevention, recovery and re-entry programs and services. State resources a call or click away at 1-844-REACH-NJ and

Vanessa, a recovering addict who met Governor Christie at the Candlelight Vigil for Addiction and Recovery in Trenton last year, is featured in the following new television ad:

Morris County Addiction Recovery Response Team Seeks Members

The Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success (CARES) is seeking individuals to become part of the Morris County Addiction Recovery Response Team (ARRT). Members of the ARRT will provide peer recovery support, in the hospital Emergency Departments, to individuals reversed from an opiate overdose as well as follow-up for a minimum of 60 days. Team members will have a passion for helping others and be in recovery from addiction themselves. Additional requirements include a valid driver’s license, transportation, and the ability to be on call for 12 hour shifts at least once a week. Members of the ARRT will participate in a 46-hour training for Peer Recovery Specialists.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the team please contact Nicola Inniss by e-mail or call 973-625-1143.

Here’s the Story: A Family Disease

When she was 19, Alicia Cook lost her cousin Jessica, of Morris County, to a heroin overdose. Before she died, Jessica, fearing she wouldn’t make it out alive, asked Alicia to write about the disease of addiction and the epidemic of heroin abuse. Jessica’s story and the accounts of those who share her journey will be told on Here’s The Story: A Family Disease. Produced by Driving Jersey. It includes the remembrances of Jessica’s dad, Bob Cook (who has long worked for Morris County) and who has made an annual trip to Jessica’s high school, Morris Knolls, to tell them about his daughter, her life, and her death.

Watch Here’s the Story: A Family Disease.