Consumer Advocacy Program: This group, more commonly known as CAP, is a self-help and consumer advocacy group that works in the Resource Center at the Mental Health Association of Morris County office. When people with mental illness speak in one voice, the community is able to respond with support and assistance. In 2014, a total of 115 CAP consumers were active and vocal in helping to create a mental health system that is more responsive to their needs.
Members represented consumers on boards and committees and attended state and national conferences focusing on consumer empowerment. These include the State Consumer Advisory Committee, the Coalition of Mental Health Consumers Organization, the Morris County Youth Services Advisory Committee, the Morris County Acute Care Systems Review Committee, and the Morris County No Wrong Door Collaboration. Consumers also attended the Coalition of Mental Health Consumers Organization conference. Finally, consumers attended and participated at the Annual Morris County Public Forum for Consumer and Families.
In terms of consumer advocacy, we were also active in placing consumers in responsible mental health professional positions. In 2014, 37% of our professional staff are self-identified as in recovery. Also in 2014, a person in recovery was voted into our agency Board of Directors.