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ACCSES NJ Mission & Purpose
ACCSES New Jersey, formerly the New Jersey Association of Rehabilitation Facilities is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and support to members who advocate for and serve persons with disabilities through community based programs located throughout New Jersey.
The Association provides a series of activities designed to address the needs and concerns of statewide community rehabilitation program members who directly provide employment and other services to more than 40,000 adults with significant disabilities. These activities include:
Continuing Education focuses on professional development for all levels of program staff within the membership. Training and educational programs are designed to improve and expand direct services. Educational programs are provided in cooperation with others in the field.
Liaison with State and Federal Agencies is an intensive education and advocacy effort directed at appropriate governmental agencies. These include Education, Labor and Human Services. The primary goals of these activities are to improve services and public policy affecting people with disabilities.
Governmental Affairs provides testimony, conducts ongoing reviews of State and Federal legislation, analyzes government regulatory activities, and keeps ACCSES members apprized of the impact of specific policies, procedures and legislation affecting people with disabilities.
Resource and Information gathers and disseminates information of an educational and professional nature which is relevant to all aspects of rehabilitation, habilitation, employment services and community support programs for people with disabilities.
Sales and Marketing facilitates the marketing and sale of products and services manufactured or provided by people with disabilities. ACCSES has been appointed the Central Non-Profit Agency (CNA) to implement the State Use Law. This legislation enables participating programs to sell their products and services to State agencies and local units of government.
Technical Assistance & Consultation provides special one-on-one and group sessions with program administrators and staff, covering topics from direct programming to business administration. ACCSES NJ, Inc. formerly NJARF is an affiliated State Chapter of the American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services.
Today, the vast majority of individuals with serious addictions and/or mental health disorders, as well as thousands of other persons with more common behavioral problems, live and receive their services in the community. The hospital-based and freestanding non-profit behavioral healthcare providers that comprise the membership of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) are the roots of this community-based system. Providing mental health and addiction treatment services to children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay, NJAMHAA’s members are key to the well being of the citizens of New Jersey. For more than six decades, NJAMHAA has fostered the growth and vitality of this system. Through advocacy, education, training, mutual support, development of key partnerships and a variety of services, NJAMHAA assists agencies committed to improving the availability and quality of behavioral health services throughout the state.
NJAMHAA is comprised of the leading mental healthcare and addiction treatment providers who treat New Jersey residents with mental illness, addictions or co-occurring disorders, as well as the families of these individuals. Our membership represents organizations in every county and almost every community statewide - nearly 98 percent of the behavioral healthcare market in New Jersey. In aggregate, our members help 500,000 children and adults with mental illness and addiction issues and employ 98,000 members of the state's workforce.
Established in 1951, NJAMHAA has become recognized as a leader in providing effective advocacy and legislative support to our members and the community at large. Our association creates a face for the population of individuals with mental illness and/or addictions who often have no voice of their own. Making sure individuals with behavioral health disorders are no longer invisible, ignored and misunderstood, NJAMHAA is in the national forefront fighting stigma and discrimination against persons with mental illness and/or addictions, helping them to improve their lives. We educate the public, as well as leaders and legislators. By leaning on our comprehensive support structure, our members stay focused on providing a high-quality continuum of care to ensure the recovery of adults and children dealing with mental illness, behavioral and emotional problems, and addictions.
Although we continue to evolve, one thing always remains constant: Our commitment to providers, consumers and their families and our efforts help to improve the lives of individuals with mental illness and/or addictions.
Our presence is highly visible to policy makers and state and federal legislators on a consistent basis. NJAMHAA has access to key contacts in Trenton and in the nation's capital and our influence is extensive. Because of the large and comprehensive constituency of provider organizations we represent, NJAMHAA is a highly respected voice for the industry. Known for our persistence and perseverance, we are relentless and successful in our advocacy efforts on behalf of our members and the behavioral health consumers and families they serve.
NJAMHAA’s mission is to champion opportunities that advance its members’ ability to deliver accessible, quality, efficient and effective integrated behavioral healthcare services to consumers who have mental illnesses and/or addictions, and their families. NJAMHAA is committed to recovery and wellness for all consumers.
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has, for nearly a century, responded to the needs of our local community while simultaneously addressing the root causes of key issues. We do this by inspiring and uniting the power of individuals, the business community, and the public and nonprofit sectors around common goals. Together, we’re able to drive real community impact in our neighborhoods, our communities, and our region. Together, we’re working to ensure that every individual and family is able to achieve educational success, financial stability and good health.
As originally conceived, United Way still ensures resources are collectively used in the most powerful way to solve the region’s most pressing issues. We are committed to engaging entire communities and providing the tools, services, and expertise that can enable individuals and families to become stronger and more independent.
United Way's Mission
To harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers, to drive measurable results that improve the lives of people in our region.
The Office of Service-Learning
The Office of Service-Learning provides the Students, Faculty/Staff and Community Partners of The Richard Stockton University with opportunities to engage in "Service with a Purpose". Our reciprocal relationships allow Stockton Members the ability to WORK WITH, rather than work for, those who want our service.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever does." - Margaret Mead
The Office of Service-Learning is committed to building bridges, creating innovations through service and encouraging relationship growth across faculty, students and community partners of the Stockton University. Service-Learning is a pathway for social change through experimental learning, via curricular/co-curricular opportunities, sustaining service engagement, enhancing reciprocal community partnerships, fostering civic agency and exploring experiences through critical reflection.
Our vision is to ensure every Stockton student has the opportunity to complete a quality based service-learning project and/or participate in a service-learning course.
Goals and Objectives
Experiential learning through “out-of-classroom” experiences.
Work with community based organizations on and off campus.
Develop leadership skills, interpersonal abilities and networking strategies.
The John Brooks Recovery Center (JBRC) was founded in January of 1969 (as NARCO, Inc.) in Atlantic City, by a group of six Atlantic City residents with the assistance of the Episcopalian Diocese of New Jersey and the Division of Urban Concerns. John Brooks a recovering heroin addict and ex convict had been the driving force and subsequent Executive Director for many years. At that time JBRC was an outpatient, storefront, treatment center for drug abusers. The primary mission was to provide quality treatment for minority, indigent drug abusers within the area of Atlantic City. A secondary but very vital mission was to provide prevention and education in the area for concerned groups such as churches, schools, social clubs and civic organizations.
In August of 1970, NARCO received its first grant of $57,940 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. This grant, along with $35,000 provided by the Episcopalian United Thanks Fund, enabled NARCO to expand and relocate into a 24,000 square foot building which had been an ice skating rink. NARCO received immeasurable support from local labor unions, businesspeople and local municipalities in its efforts to convert thebuilding into a residential treatment center for drug addiction.
In 1971, NARCO applied to the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of Health, Education and Welfare, for an eight-year grant, which was approved and initiated on October 1, 1971. The agency received over eight million dollars over the life of this contract to provide treatment for drug abusers in Atlantic City and its environs. Subsequent agreements were also signed with federal, state and county agencies to provide these services. In September 1976, the agency purchased the building at 1315 Pacific Avenue, which presently houses the men's residential program, the outpatient methadone program and our admissions department.
In 1998 the building at 20 South Tennessee Avenue was purchased and renovated to house the women's residential services (29 beds) and administrative offices. In 2005 further renovations were completed on the first floor creating an Outpatient Center for our Women's Day program and our afternoon/evening coed adult outpatient programs. At that time the administrative offices were consolidated and moved across the street to leased space on the second floor of 19 South Tennessee Avenue.
We presently lease space at 15 South Tennessee Avenue for our HIV prevention program for IV drug users and our Ryan White Case Manager which are funded by the Department of Health, Division of Aids Prevention and Control.
In September of 2007 we were awarded a $1.2 million contract from the Division of Addiction Services to provide mobile outpatient methadone/suboxone services with counseling for adult IV opiate addicts. In January of 2008 we were awarded a contract for $871,000 to work in partnership with another Atlantic County agency, CODI, to provide supportive housing and case management services for 31 IV drug users.
To honor our founder, John Brooks, we changed our name from the Institute for Human Development to the John Brooks Recovery Center in December 2007.
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