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.