Mental Health First Aid Training for Senior Care Providers

Attention Senior Care Providers


Share this information with colleagues and friends:

Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Training

will be held at the

Morristown Medical Geriatric Assessment Center

435 South Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Morristown, NJ  07960

Two Consecutive Tuesdays:

October 18 and 25 (two-day training)

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

(lunch will be provided)

Course comes with a 3-year certification for all care providers


See flyer below for more information





Mental Health Faith Liaison Program
Mental Health Association of Morris County
A Program for Clergy & Their Congregants

To Morris County Clergy: Members of your congregation may come to you with mental health or addiction challenges. Providing help may be difficult. The Mental Health Faith Liaison Program of the Mental Health Association of Morris County is here to help you by helping to connect your congregants to community services, directly at your house of worship.

The Mental Health Faith Liaison Program
Here’s what our program offers:

•    Direct Support: We offer adult congregants free short-term professional mental health assistance directly at your house of worship (if requested) for up to 3 sessions.  This allows your congregants to begin the process of obtaining assistance in addressing life challenges that may be holding them back or causing distress (it is not meant to replace long term treatment). This program is meant to assist congregants with issues in their congregations, so all referrals must come directly from clergy. This service is available to congregations that participate in our Faith Resource Network. Slots for houses of worship may be limited.

Education about mental health issues through Mental Health First Aid, an 8 hour training that teaches people to recognize symptoms of a mental health issue and appropriate strategies to intervene, offered several times a year.

•    The Faith Resource Network:  an opportunity for congregations to provide material support to people in recovery from mental illness.  When a mental health consumer is in need of concrete assistance, MHAMC staff reach out to members of the Faith Resource Network for assistance. There is no obligation to respond to a request. If the congregation cannot help, another house of worship will be contacted. Houses of worship need to join the Faith Resource Network in order for congregants to be eligible for free clinical assistance.

•    Information and Referral Services, Offering information and referrals to individuals and families, including help in accessing mental health programs and a variety of community resources.

Contact us:  Mental Health Association of Morris County
100 Route 46 East, Building C, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
(973) 334-3496 -

For general information, call Cindy Sullivan, Mental Health Faith Liaison Program Coordinator at x106  – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For referrals, call Madine Despeine, Director of Self-Help, Advocacy, & Education at x111 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This program is funded by grants from Atlantic Health System and The Pink House Foundation.
As the program is funded by private grants, MHAMC reserves the right to end the free sessions if grants are no longer available.


Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT)


What is AOT?

AOT/Involuntary Outpatient Commitment (IOC) refers to mental health laws that allow for mandated, community-based, mental health treatment for individuals with mental illness who, as a result of their mental illness, meet a legal standard for commitment.

AOT is an alternative to involuntary inpatient hospitalization for eligible consumers in Morris and Sussex County.  Individuals are assessed by a mental health screener and psychiatrist and if commitment to involuntary treatment is necessary, the screening staff and psychiatrist shall determine what type of treatment is the least restrictive to meet the needs of the individual pursuant to N.J.S.A. 30:4-27.2(m).  If an individual meets the criteria for AOT, the individual will be mandated to participate in mental health treatment in the community.  

The goal of AOT is to enable individuals to live safely within their communities, to avoid repeated hospitalizations and/or incarcerations, and to ensure that they have access to outpatient mental health services.  

The Morris and Sussex AOT Program, each will consist of:

- a Coordinator
- 2 Case Managers
- a part-time Co-Occurring Counselor
- a part-time Psychiatrist

Eligibility Criteria:

An adult who is 18 years of age or older and not at risk of a medical crisis.

A Morris County resident.

A serious mental illness, that if untreated, will cause the individual to be a danger to self, others, and/or property in the reasonably foreseeable future.

Assessed as able to safely be served in an outpatient setting within the community.

The capacity to participate in their treatment plan, even if unwilling to do so.

A history of responding to treatment.

How to Make a Referral:
Referrals can be made by contacting:
AOT Program Coordinator - Laurie Licastro at 862-309-3047 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Contact:  Jennifer Malec, LCSW, Director - ICMS/FCM/AOT
Phone: 973-334-3496
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



You Are Invited to The Morris County Practitioners Network

Date & Time: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:30pm

Place: Mental Health Association of Morris County 100 Route 46 East, Building C, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

Read more: You Are Invited to The Morris County Practitioners Network

Edna's Haven

Edna's Haven

There are a few tangible things in life that most people take for granted. A mailbox or a telephone. Warm shelter from the cold. A caring friend to turn to. We hope that you never have to go without these things. However, there are some who do. Because of factors such as: mental illness, lack of steady employment, medical problems, domestic violence, and substance abuse, there are individuals who find themselves seeking solace, but instead encounter stress. Rather than gaining the support they desire, they face rejection and are left feeling indignant. In response to these truths, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, the Trinity Lutheran Church of Dover, and the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oldwick have agreed to collaborate and establish Edna’s Haven; a place that will offer a sense of community, belonging, and temporary relief from the pressures of poverty.

Read more: Edna's Haven