Monday, May 17th, 2010

A free public forum for individuals and their families who have been involved with Morris County’s publicly-funded behavioral health system will be held June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, 60C North Jefferson Road in Whippany.

The forum, The Many Faces of Recovery, will be conducted by the Morris County Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board. The freeholder-appointed board is looking for input on services and unmet needs as it works to strengthen the county’s behavioral health system services.

“We’d like officials, providers and the public to come together to talk about what’s working and what needs improvement in our human service system,” said Laurie Becker, Morris County’s Mental Health Administrator. “This information will help Morris County prioritize planning, funding and advocacy activities.”

Becker said the advisory board would especially like those individuals and their families who have used the county’s human service system to explain what programs and support services have been most helpful or least helpful in their recovery from mental illness or substance use or both.

“If our consumers could create the ideal program, we’d like them to tell us what it would look like,” Becker said. “If they had a limited amount of funding for services, we’d like to hear how they would spend those dollars.”

The forum, sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Morris County Department of Human Services, will begin with a light supper and will also feature presentations and information on education and career readiness resources.

More information may be obtained by calling the Morris County Division of Behavioral Health and Youth Services at (973) 285-6852.