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Review of the Wellness and Recovery Transformation Action Plan from 2008-2010 (Summer 2012)

SummerTransformation Action Plan (Updated October 2008)

Transformation Action Plan: January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2010 (posted October 2007)

Healthy Living: Tobacco and You (posted October 2007)

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
Hagedorn - November 16, 2009

Primary Care Task Force
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, DMHS 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 DMHS 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.
Co-Occurring Task Force
This Task Force is being convened and co-chaired by staff from both the Division of Addiction Services and Division of Mental Health Services and 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)
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 DMHS 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.
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 DMHS staff.  This Task Force is charged with making system recommendations to DMHS’ Executive Staff aligning acute care services with DMHS 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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