Public Advisory Boards, Commissions & Councils
DMHAS believes that committees provide insight and best practice information in the development of programming. As such, DMHAS sponsors, supports and participates in multiple advisory boards, task forces, and committees which meet throughout the year. Click on each heading for more information about the group.
Advisory Committee for Programs for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Disabled
The Committee assists DMHAS to guide the alcohol and drug abuse programs for the deaf, hard of hearing and disabled, assuring they continually meet the needs of the community which they serve and that the funds are utilized in a quality manner, assuring maximum potential for the programs.
Citizens Advisory Council (CAC)
The Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) is composed of consumer and citizen members representing the voices of New Jersey residents at risk for, struggling with, or otherwise affected by the chronic disease of addiction. The CAC supports education, prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery from alcohol, drug, gambling, and other addictive disorders and the elimination of associated stigma. The Council provides input and guidance to DMHAS in furthering its mission, linking the Division with consumers and advocating for the needs and interests of individuals, families, and communities. The Council functions as a resource to the Division through which to communicate and collaborate with “consumers” in fulfilling its mission of developing and sustaining a system of recovery oriented care. Members participate in meetings and/or teleconferences and on subcommittees as necessary, developing policies and procedures to move the system to a more client centered and recovery oriented system of care.
Co-Occurring Disorders Task Force
This Task Force was convened by staff from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The goal of the Task Force was to create a three to five year strategic plan that, when implemented, will articulate the vision of a co-occurring competent system of care for New Jersey.
New Jersey Statewide Coalition on Disabilities
The Statewide Coalition on Disabilities and Addictions is comprised of agencies and individuals that are interested in learning and sharing resources with other professionals about disabilities and addiction issues.
Professional Advisory Committee (PAC)
The PAC makes recommendations pertinent to substance use disorders and addictions to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services through the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.