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Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Consumers and family members invited to public forum June 21

Morris County seeks feedback on mental health servicesThe Morris County Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board and Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold a free public forum on mental health, addictions, and human services that are locally available to citizens.

Titled “The Many Faces of Recovery,” the program is open to individuals and their families who have been involved with or who want to learn more about Morris County’s publicly-funded human services.

The program will take place on June 21 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, N.J.

Morris County seeks feedback on mental health servicesThe Freeholder-appointed Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board is seeking public comment on services and unmet needs in order to strengthen the county’s services. Agency and government officials will be on hand to address the public’s questions and comments. Information gathered at the forum will help the advisory board focus its planning efforts on the areas of greatest need, according to Laurie Becker, Morris County Mental Health Administrator.

The advisory board will also hear from individuals recovering from mental illness, substance use or both, regarding the services that were most helpful or least helpful in the person’s recovery.

The Terri Belske Mental Health Advocate award will be given to an individual for his/her leadership and advocacy that has benefited individuals struggling with mental illness and related disorders.

The forum will include sharing of community resources, music and entertainment, networking and a light supper. For further information call 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.