Grading the States 2009 Report Card: New Jersey
In 2006, NAMI credited former Acting Governor Richard Codey for leadership in improving services for people with serious mental illnesses. Improvements have continued under Governor Jon Corzine; however, all is not rosy in the Garden State. Its mental health care system is still inadequate, and its C grade has not changed from three years ago. Full narrative (PDF).
Health Promotion and Measurement: C 25% of Total Grade
Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices,
emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: C 45% of Total Grade
A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
Consumer & Family Empowerment: B 15% of Total Grade
Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the
state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
Community Integration and Social Inclusion: D 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Strong executive and legislative commitment
- Evidence-based practices such as ACT and supportive housing
- Peer-run services and peer supports
- Resolve civil rights and safety issues in state hospitals
- Invest in services for people with co-occurring disorders
- Statewide implementation of jail diversion and community reentry programs