Strengthening Our Mental Health System

Increasing Access to Support
Across the Continuum of Care

Jay Everett and Congressman PalloneOn February 8, 2016, Monarch Housing’s Jay Everett joined Congressman Frank Pallone and housing and mental health advocates and policy makers in Middlesex County for a roundtable discussion “Strengthening our Mental Health System across the Full Continuum of Care.”

Barbara Johnston, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Mental Health Association in New Jersey, co-hosted the event with the Congressman.

The purpose roundtable, held at Rutgers University, brought together experts, advocates, and mental health professionals to hear a wide range of perspectives on the challenges facing the New Jersey’s mental health system and what reforms are needed. A variety of stakeholders who represent the full continuum of mental health care were invited to contribute to the conversation.

“Despite the advances we’ve made in recent years, far too many individuals with mental illness still go without the treatment they need to live long, healthy and productive lives. There is more we can do to ensure that those suffering in New Jersey and across the nation have access to the treatment and support services they need. Today’s discussion was helpful in determining what is working within the system and what must be improved so that we can reach all those still struggling.”

Said Congressman Pallone.

NJCounts 2015, the statewide point-in-time count of the homeless found:

604 persons experiencing homelessness in Middlesex County on January 27, 2015.

  • 52% of homeless adults 18 or older reported a disability
  • 48% of disabled adults reported a mental health issue
  • 44% of disabled adults

and 456 persons experiencing homeless in Monmouth County

  • 52% of homeless adults 18 or older reported a disability
  • 55% of disabled adults reported a mental health issue
  • 53% of disabled adults reported a substance abuse disorder

Congressman Pallone’s Press Release