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FAQ’s Regarding the Mental Health Resource Network

FAQ’s Regarding the Mental Health Resource Network

What is the Mental Health Association of Morris County (MHAMC)?
The MHAMC is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving people with mental illness and their families. It is located on Rt. 46 in Mountain Lakes.  Incorporated in 1953, it is a local chapter of the New Jersey Division of the National Mental Health Association, today known as Mental Health America.  The MHAMC is a stand-alone organization; it is not an agency of, connected to, or supported by Morris County.

What is the Mental Health Resource Network?
The Mental Health Resource Network is a network of faith based organizations in the communities surrounding the MHAMC that are willing to help extend our reach as we address the difficult issues related to mental illness.  It is an outgrowth of a relationship between the MHAMC and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Lakes, with the expectation that including additional houses of worship will make the MHAMC even more successful than it already is.  Put simply, it is a case of “many hands make light work”.

Why is my house of worship a good candidate to join this Initiative?
You are located in or around Morris County and you are known to have a strong interest in community-centered programs.  There are no denominational, historical, or size criteria.  We welcome houses of worship that are a good fit for the Mental Health Resource Network.

What is expected of us if we decide to participate in the Initiative?
As part of the Mental Health Resource Initiative, your faith-based organization will be contacted (on a rotating basis) when needs arise, i.e., when a mental health related need presents itself to the MHAMC.  The specific details of the need will be communicated: if clothing is needed, the genders and sizes of those in need; if personal items are needed, some idea of what would be most helpful; if young children are involved, their genders and ages, and perhaps suggestions regarding school needs or toys.  Not every network member is expected to respond to every situation; a rotation scheme will be developed to spread the load.

What costs will we incur if we join the Network?
There will be no direct costs to network members.  The Mental Health Resource Network will not be building a bank account.  Rather, we are asking members to help by filling the need for specific donations as they arise.  Some needs that have been filled thus far: a bicycle to provide much needed transportation, a vacuum cleaner to help maintain a bed bug free apartment, furniture for a family moving out of homelessness, a new pair of sneakers, a wig for a woman having chemo treatment.

What are the next steps to getting things started?
When you are ready to join us, we will ask you to name a liaison or two.  The people identified will become part of a working group to develop operating procedures for the Mental Health Resource Network and will act as the contact point for requests.  The keys will be to 1) make it easy for the MHAMC to tap into the network without 2) overtaxing any one member organization.

 
Who can I contact to discuss the Network in more detail?
To learn more about the Mental Health Resource Network, or to let us know you’d like to join, contact:
Don MacGowan, Outreach Chair, St. Peter’s Church, 973-479-4020, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Madine Despeine, Director of Self Help, Advocacy, & Education, Mental Health Association of Morris County, 973-334-3496, ext. 111, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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June 12, 2013 - Phones at the Mental Health Association of Morris County are temporarily down due to technical problems. Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

 

Please know that we are working very hard at resolving this issue.

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