Hope & Courage
George H. Brice, Jr., MSW of Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc., (www.cspnj.org and www.comencorp.org) is a person living with mental illness, who was diagnosed during his freshman year at Rutgers New Brunswick (1980).
Education & Triumph
Through supports and resilience George earned two Associate degrees from Burlington County Community College (Criminal Justice degree in 1985 and Psychology degree in 1991). George earned a Bachelors in Social Work in 1997 and Masters in Social Work in 1999 both from Rutgers Camden. George's recovery journey has included overcoming many obstacles. George had repeated 20 academic courses between 1980 and 1997, 10 hospitalizations including 2 at Ancora State Hospital, under and unemployment, recipient of social security for 14 years, 2 time welfare recipient and stopped driving for 16 years.
George's accomplishments include working as a 9/11 Crisis Counselor; serving as Co-Chair of Governor Codey's Mental Health Task Force; a member of both the Treatment/Wellness & Recovery and Rehabilitation and Employment subcommittees; and former volunteer certified police instructor. George has been working full-time for 5 consecutive years and is currently employed with CSP-NJ as a Wellness and Recovery Life Coach for, where he coordinates a peer (persons living with mental illness) delivered wellness model at the 5 NJ State Psychiatric hospitals.
It is George's continued hope and passion that our workforce will soon be culturally competent and skilled in Evidence Based Practices (EBP) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation (PSR). Training and certification focused on psychiatric rehabilitation values, goals, and principles will increase the competency of our workforce so we can effectively empower individuals to become contributing members of society.