Traversing the Rapids in Mental Health Care

Surviving and Thriving Amidst Current Changes in the Evolving Mental Health System

On Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18, 2016, the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (NJPRA) will host its 36th annual conference with a focus on how to thrive in the evolving mental health system.

The conference will take place at the Pines Manor in Edison.

The keynote speakers for each day will be:

The conference provides a comprehensive program focused on the conviction that people in recovery from serious mental illnesses can live healthy and satisfying lives in the community by engaging in employment and education, and by developing social and spiritual connections.

Conference attendees are hopeful and enthusiastic about working in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. They seek new knowledge and practical strategies that support improved rehabilitation outcomes.

This year’s theme is “Traversing the Rapids: Surviving and Thriving Amidst Current Changes”. This theme Captures the vast challenges facing practitioners, people in recovery and other stakeholders as we work together to meet the challenges of our evolving health care system, the economic and political landscape and new ways to think about psychiatric rehabilitation.

Practitioners and people in recovery are facing new rules, regulations and disruptive innovation in our evolving health care system. Practitioners are concerned about how best to properly serve diverse populations using evidence-based and promising practices that improve wellness and are trauma-informed.

In a rapidly transforming economic and political landscape continuing changes in program financing and insurance continue to pose new challenges. New knowledge, skills, and resources are needed for us to meet these challenges.

The schedule for the 2016 conference will be release later this summer.

Each year, NJPRA offers 1-day scholarships for individuals in recovery living with a mental illness. NJPRA expects to have limited scholarships available again this year.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available again in 2016.

Established in 1980, NJPRA is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization and a chapter of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA).

NJPRA is also a member of NJ Mental Health Coalition and supports the coalition’s agenda for strengthening rehabilitation and treatment options in New Jersey. Its members are professionals who work in more than 50 mental health agencies and organizations throughout New Jersey.

The Association represents professionals and consumers from a broad spectrum of community based services including partial care, acute partial hospital, supported employment, supported housing, supported education, PACT, ICMS and peer services, as well as academic programs that prepare psychiatric rehabilitation professionals

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