As NJAMHAA celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2016, a commemorative report was created that highlighted NJAMHAA's achievements, but also achievements in the field and advancement of behavioral health needs. To view a copy of this commemorative booklet and be able to see what NJAMHAA has accomplished in the past 65 years, please click here.
NJAMHAA's Mission Statement
NJAMHAA’s mission is to promote the value of its members as the highest quality behavioral healthcare providers for the residents of New Jersey through advocacy and professional development.
Today, the vast majority of individuals with serious substance use and/or mental health disorders, as well as thousands of other persons with common behavioral problems, live and receive their services in the community. The hospital-based and freestanding non-profit behavioral healthcare providers (providers of treatment and support services for individuals who have mental illnesses and\or substance use disorders) 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 substance use 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 substance use 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 61,000 members of the state's workforce.
In January 2016, the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released the study "The Economic Contribution of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Industry to the New Jersey Economy," which analyzes the direct economic impact of agencies that serve people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Please click here to read the study.
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, individual receiving services 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 individuals and families they serve.