Helpful Resources

2-1-1 is a universally respected and growing national model. Today there are 190 million Americans in all or part of 41 states who have access to community resources by dialing 2-1-1. While resources that are offered through NJ 2-1-1 vary from community to community, call specialists will provide comprehensive information and referral services to callers about a variety of issues, including: Basic Human Needs Resources, Support for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, Support for Children, Youth and Families, Physical and Mental Health Resources and Employment Supports.

You can reach NJ 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone. You can also communicate with a resource specialist through Instant Messaging technology on our Web site.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-New Jersey Chapter

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey
As a mission-based, consumer/survivor driven organization, CSP-NJ exists to provide consumer driven mental health services that support recovery and promote community living. CSP-NJ has created a consumer driven alternative to the traditional mental health system.

Community Health Law Project
To provide legal and advocacy services, training, education, and related activities to persons with disabilities and to organizations representing their interests, with an emphasis on those most vulnerable and needy.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA was founded in 1985.

Freedom From Fear
The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depression, and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.

Mental Health Association in New jersey
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for children and adults to achieve mental health through advocacy, education, training, and services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation's voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

National Alliance on Mental Illness New Jersey
NAMI NEW JERSEY provides education, support and systems advocacy to empower families and persons with mental illness. Affiliate self-help and grassroots advocacy groups located in each county offer emotional support, information and advice about treatment and community resources.

National Institute of Mental Health
The NIMH is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Our mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.

New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies
Established in 1951, NJAMHA 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 who often have no voice of their own. Making sure individuals with mental illness are no longer invisible, ignored and misunderstood, NJAMHA is in the national forefront fighting stigma and discrimination against persons with mental illness and 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 and behavioral and emotional problems.

Department of Children and Families
The new department is staffed by over 6,600 state child welfare employees who were already working in divisions within the Department of Human Services (DHS) focused on child protection, welfare, education and permanency, child behavioral health and abuse prevention.

Department of Health and Senior Services

NJ Department of Human Services

DHS serves individuals and families with low incomes; people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, or late-onset disabilities; people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; parents needing child care services, child support and/or healthcare for their children; and families facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.

Division of Addiction Services
The mission of DAS is to provide Statewide leadership for alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services for New Jersey residents; to decrease misuse or abuse of alcohol and other drugs by supporting the development of a comprehensive, high quality network of prevention and treatment; and to recognize addiction as a treatable illness where people at risk for/or with addiction problems are managed with dignity and respect, in a safe environment that is recovery oriented and accountable to the public.

Division of Child Behavioral Health Services
Division of Child Behavoiral Health Services DCF's Division of Child Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS) serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families. DCBHS is committed to providing these services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.

Division of Mental Health Services
The Division of Mental Health Services (DMHS) serves adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Central to the Division's mission is the fact that these individuals are entitled to dignified and meaningful lives. With an operating budget of over $648,000,000 for FY 2007 and 5,700 employees, services are available to anyone in the state who feels they need help with a mental health problem.

Division of Youth and Family Services
The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) is New Jersey's child protection and child welfare agency within the Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families.

NJ Helps
The NJ Helps DHS Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a one-stop shopping resource for the wide range of programs and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in New Jersey.

New Jersey Hospital Association
The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) is a not-for-profit trade organization committed to helping New Jersey hospitals and health systems provide quality, accessible and affordable care to their communities. It offers an array of services and resources, including advocacy, data, education and many others, to support hospitals in their caring mission.

NJ Mental Health Cares
NJMentalHealthCares is New Jersey's mental health information and referral service. Our staff of mental health professionals uses their experience, and understanding of mental health system to connect you to the information and services you need!

New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, a department of Saint Clare's Health System, provides information, telephone support, guidelines and training services for persons interested in finding or forming self-help groups throughout New Jersey.

N.J. State Department of Education: Special Education

PTA is an organization whose members care about ALL children and youth - the school that they attend, the communities that they live in, and their opportunities for growth into happy, healthy, responsible citizens. PTA is democracy at work - making a place for all citizens regardless of color, race, religious belief, political preference, or economic and social status.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
The mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is to empower and support families and inform and involve professionals and others interested in the healthy development and education of children and youth.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome.

Parents Support Group
Parent Support Group of New Jersey Inc. helps mothers and fathers to understand and cope with the disease of addiction. As a non-profit foundation we sponsor self-help groups based on Twelve Steps, however we are not affiliated with any other twelve-step program.