Now in its 75th year, the Mental Heath Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) is a statewide non-profit organization that strives for children and adults to achieve victory over mental illness and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, training and services.
MHANJ organizes statewide advocacy to improve conditions for >10,000 patients warehoused in county and state hospitals
Community & Legislative Focus
MHANJ leads the movement to create community guidance centers for families and children.
Legislative advocacy and public education focus on improved treatment using new medications.
MHANJ volunteer "bell ringers" go door-to-door and raise over $500,000 to support mental health in New Jersey.
Growth & Leadership
With 19 county chapters, MHANJ leads the advocacy to support the passage of the Kennedy Community Mental Health Act, reduce the census for state psychiatric hospitals and increasing funding for community services.
The MHANJ's annual conferences draw national leaders to address stigma and human rights issues.
Human Rights Advocacy & Forging a Path for Peers
MHANJ co-authors the Mental Health Patient Bill of Rights, signed into law by Governor Brendan Byrne, to protect the human rights of patients in psychiatric facilities.
MHANJ promotes treatment in the least restrictive settings, based on the belief that people can recover and lead normal lives in their communities.
MHANJ begins working across the state to empower consumers to become strong self-advocates by starting the first peer-led self-help groups.
Protecting those with Serious Mental Illness
MHANJ participates in the creation of the first comprehensive legislation to protect rights and provide treatment for those with serious mental illness.
Expanding Our Reach
MHANJ creates Monarch Housing Associates to develop affordable housing for persons with mental illness and facilitates the closing of some large state institutions.
MHANJ leads the fight to create a unified system of care for children in New Jersey.
MHANJ launches "Consumer Connections" to train and support consumers to become employed as peers.
Advocacy & Leadership Following Tragedy
In response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Project Phoenix is established to connect survivors to mental health treatment.
MHANJ launches the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline and the Peer Recovery WarmLine to expand access to treatment and provide support to those in need, including peers and family members.
MHANJ leads the fight in having New Jersey's first Mental Health Parity Legislation signed into law; ensuring fair insurance coverage for behavioral health disorders.
Building on Past Accomplishments & Working Toward a Better Future for Those with Behavioral Health Conditions
MHANJ responds to Superstorm Sandy by leading the state's FEMA Crisis Counseling program, NJ Hope and Healing.
MHANJ launches the NJ Connect for Recovery line to offer support to families and individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic.
MHANJ advances law, implementation and training of Psychiatric Advance Directives, helping to improve informed treatment during a crisis.
MHANJ is still leading the way in the fight for expanded behavioral health parity legislation in New Jersey.
Continuing Our Legacy in the 21st Century
With your help and support, we can continue leading positive change and bringing hope to New Jerseyans living with mental and/or substance use issues.
As the Mental Health Association in New Jersey celebrates our 75th Anniversary, we invite you to take a look at our accomplishments since 1944.