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Wellness and Recovery Transformation  Action Plan Jan 2008 - Dec 2010

Review of the Wellness and Recovery Transformation Action Plan from 2008-2010 (Summer 2012)
Transformation Action Plan (Updated October 2008)
Summary of Stakeholder Input Process (March 2007)
Presentation to Stakeholders: Summary of Stakeholder Input Process (March 2007)
Governor's Task Force on Mental Health Final Report
Stakeholder Plan (June 2006)
Transformation Statement (February 2006)

**The following State psychiatric hospitals became smoke-free facilities:

Ancora & Greystone - July 8, 2009
Trenton - October 6, 2009

Your Wellness Counts

(Developed by New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (NJ DMHAS) and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care’s Technical Assistance Center (Rutgers UBHC TAC)

Research shows that mental health and substance use consumers die up to 25 years earlier when compared to the general population.  Your Wellness Counts (YWC) was developed to support and enhance the quality and length of life for persons in recovery for mental health and substance use. YWC is a wellness tool comprised of 7 modules that address behaviors that impact someone’s overall wellness and physical health.  These modules include: shared decision making, eating healthy, moving more, smoking less, and monitoring problematic health indicators, like diabetes and high blood pressure. YWC offers a variety of suggested steps, and activities as well as valuable resources for reaching wellness goals. Individuals can pick one of the priority life challenges in an area concerning their personal health and wellness. If you are motivated to make a positive life change this toolkit can provide you a path to success.

1) Welcome
2) Wellness Your Way
3) Shared Decision Making
4) Eating Better
5) Moving More
6) Deciding About Smoking
7) Wellness Every Day

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According to a widely quoted study that is cited in a National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Medical Director's Council Technical Report, mental health consumers die about 25 years sooner than the average American and have many more co-morbid medical conditions.  In order to address these disparities, DMHAS implemented a Task Force on the Integration of Mental Health and Primary Care, which is a component of its Wellness and Recovery Transformation Action Plan.  Chaired by the DMHAS Medical Director, the Task Force is examining the specific causative factors for early mortality, most of which is related to potentially preventable risk factors that shorten life expectancy (e.g., smoking, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, substance use, and exposure to communicable diseases).  The main goal of this Task Force is to increase access to primary care and to improve collaboration between mental health agencies and health care providers.
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Co-Occurring Task Force
This Task Force had its first meeting in February 2009, and is designed to be focused, time limited and task oriented. The goal of the Task Force is 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 and will make recommendations for its implementation.  Through subcommittee work focusing on the areas of Systems Integration, Services Integration and Workforce Development, the Task Force will examine best practices, financing, policy, and regulatory and legal issues.

Report of the New Jersey Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Task Force (September 2010)
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DD/MI Task Force
The Dual Diagnosis Task Force, convened in January 2008 by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez, is committed to examining and resolving the serious lack of services, unmet service needs and other significant obstacles to receiving mental health and developmental disability services, encountered by individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health and/or behavior disorders (i.e. people with dual diagnosis). Participants of this Task Force included DMHAS staff and Developmental Disabilities staff, community providers, family and advocacy agencies.  The purpose of this report is to highlight the urgency of the need for reform; to share recommendations developed by the Dual Diagnosis Task Force (DDTF); and to provide a framework for change that would enable the service system to effectively serve the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health and/or behavior disorders.  The DDTF released recommendations in January 2009 and is working on the implementation of these recommendations.  
Click here to review the recommendations.
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Acute Care Task Force
The Acute Care Task Force (ACTF) convened in February 2008 and is composed of thirty-five mental health stakeholders including consumers, families, advocacy organizations, trade organizations, community mental health providers and DMHAS staff.  This Task Force is charged with making system recommendations to DMHAS' Executive Staff aligning acute care services with DMHAS Wellness & Recovery Transformation Plan.  Acute care services need to emphasize early intervention, improved access to support services, cross-system collaboration for special populations and co-morbid conditions, and be consumer and family driven.  Five subcommittees have formed to identify policy, service delivery, data, fiscal, and legislative issues that impact mental health and need reform.  The subcommittees, which include a wider stakeholder membership, will make recommendations to the Task Force in March 2009.  The Task Force will integrate the recommendations into a final report in May 2009 that will guide transformative changes to policy, service delivery and data collection.

Report of the Acute Care Task Force (September 2010)
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