Posted Thursday, May 10th, 2012

A free public forum for individuals and their families who have been involved with or who want to learn more about Morris County’s publicly-funded human services will be held June 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Saint Francis Conference Center in the Saint Francis health Resort, 122 Diamond Spring Road in Denville.

The forum, “The Many Faces of Recovery, Standing Up to Stigma,” 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 services, according to Laurie Becker, Morris County Mental Health Administrator.

Agency and government officials will be on hand to address the public’s questions and comments, Becker said.

Information gathered at the forum will help the advisory board focus its planning efforts on the areas of greatest need, said Becker.

According to Becker, the advisory board is particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has experienced stigma explain how they handled the situation.

The advisory board is also looking for information from anyone recovering from mental illness, substance abuse or both regarding the services that were most helpful or least helpful in the person’s recovery.

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 networking at 5:30 p.m.

More information may be obtained by calling the Morris County Mental Health Administrator Laurie Becker at 973-285-6852.

The Morris County Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board reviews, monitors and recommends areas of improvement for many of the county’s mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.

The board also makes funding recommendations for publicly-funded programs that serve these populations.