December 9, 2011: NJ Department of Human Services Fall Budget Hearing (in Hamilton)

The NJ Department of Human Services this year is offering only one public hearing about its budget, and permitting individual citizens oral testimonies of only three minutes each, which is supposed to address critical funding matters for critical services to disabled New Jerseyans with psychiatric disabilities, developmental disabilities, and addictions, and their families. This is an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to provide oral and written testimony for the FY2013 state budget. “Oral presentations will be strictly limited to three 3 minutes.” (!) To see  the announcement, click here.

December 13, 2011: Medicaid Mental Health Coalition Presentation (in Freehold)

The Medicaid Mental Health Coalition, in sponsorship with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS), is hosting free sessions to help consumers of mental health services learn about Medicaid medication changes. Speakers will include Lynn Kovich, M.Ed., Assistant Commissioner of the DMHAS, and Eugene Azoia, RPh, Pharmacist, Medicaid. Robert Eilers, MD, Medical Director of DMHAS, will be available for questions. Topics will include:
•    How and when the changes will effect you
•    How to identify potential problems
•    How and where to get advice and support

To see the event announcement, click here..

April 3-4, 2012: NJAMHAA Annual Conference

“The Road to Success: Driving Transformation”. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-4, 2012. Pines Manor in Edison, NJ

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is comprised of the leading non-profit behavioral health care providers that serve more than 500,000 New Jersey adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders and children with emotional and behavioral disorders. NJAMHAA’s 170 members represent organizations in every county and employ 95,000 workers, including counselors, case managers, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric screeners, emergency service workers and nurses.

Monday, April 18, 7:30 pm, Friend Center, Princeton University: Problems of Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System.

The Princeton Justice Project, an undergraduate interest group at Princeton University, is sponsoring a series of lectures in March and April called “An Unjust Sentence?” focusing on the U.S. criminal justice system. In the the third in this series,  Chris Kosseff, director of mental health for New Jersey state prisons, and Nancy Wolff, director of the Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research, and a panel of lawyers and psychologists will speak on problems of mental health in the criminal justice system at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in 6 Friend Center.

Monday, April 27, 4:30 pm, 1 Robertson Hall, Princeton University: Problems of Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System.

A panel discussion on alternatives to prison, mental health and drug courts will conclude the series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in 1 Robertson Hall. Panelists will include Drew Smith, founder of Restorative Solutions; Jean Ross, a mental health advocate and lawyer; and John Monahan, director of Greater Trenton Behavioral Health Services.




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