Posted Wednesday, June 8th, 2016


A free public forum on Morris County mental health, addictions, and human services that are available to residents countywide will be held on Tuesday evening, June 14, at the Haggerty Center of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.

StigmaThe forum, entitled “The Many Faces of Recovery: Stigma Revisited,”  is sponsored by the Morris County Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board and the Morris Board of Freeholders.

The program, to run from 5:30-8 p.m., is open to individuals and their families who have been involved with or who want to learn more about the county’s publicly-funded services. This year’s theme is stigma revisited and will include the kick-off of the Morris Stigma Free Communities initiative.

This year’s forum is dedicated posthumously to Terri Belske, who was a life-long consumer advocate.

The Freeholder-appointed Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board is seeking public comment on currently available services and unmet needs, with a goal of  strengthening the county’s human services future programming and offerings, 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.

Laurie Becker

Laurie Becker

Individuals recovering from mental illness, substance use or both, will be asked to discuss services that have been most helpful or least helpful in their recoveries.

The forum also will include sharing of community resources, vignettes by the Mental Health Players, networking and a light supper. Further information may be obtained by calling the Morris County Mental Health Administrator, Laurie Becker at 973-285-6852.

The Morris County Mental Health Addictions Services 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.

For GPS: The Haggerty Center is located at 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, N.J. 07960. It is located directly across the street from the Morris county Library.