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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Peer Recovery Warm Line

New Jersey continues to expand its commitment to partner with consumers and family members to ensure that programming and services are inclusive, cutting-edge, recovery-based, and respectful of consumer rights.  The state seeks to include the voice of consumers and family members in the development of policies and programs, planning and evaluation, and the monitoring of systems of care at both the state and local levels.

State Consumer Advisory Committee (SCAC) meetings give consumers the opportunity to meet regularly with Division staff, to discuss how to improve services that will lead to better outcomes and a richer quality of life for service recipients.  Some examples of new services that consumers advocated for are: a statewide Peer Recovery Warm-line, Hospital based Self-help Centers, Peers Working in Designated Crisis Screening Centers and Peer-operated Respite Centers. These ideas are brought back to management meetings at the Division in order to operationalize want and need from the system.

The DMHAS has a Citizen's Advisory Council (CAC) that meets with addictions consumers and family members which provides its members a liaison, creating a bridge between DMHAS and the community.

DMHAS provides opportunities like peer support recovery programs, family involvement and intensive family support services programs.  A significant number of consumers/clients and family members hold membership on the Planning Council (PC), the Statewide Consumer Advisory Committee (SCAC), on state steering committees, service and policy development surveys and forums, as well as participate in on-site monitoring reviews of hospitals and community providers, are involved in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and participate with advocacy groups throughout the state.

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