Posted Thursday, May 16th, 2013

A free public forum on the human services that are available to help in the recovery process for those suffering from mental health issues, addictions or both will be held June 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Avenue in Morris Township.

The forum, “The Many Faces of Recovery: Importance of Connections,” is for individuals and their families who have been involved with or who want to learn more about Morris County’s publicly-funded human services.

The forum is sponsored by the Morris County Mental Health Substance Abuse
Advisory Board and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The freeholder-appointed advisory 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.

The advisory board is looking forward to hearing from individuals recovering from mental illness, substance abuse or both regarding the services that were most helpful or least helpful in the person’s recovery, Becker said. Attendees also will have the opportunity to learn more about connecting with community services.

The forum 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.