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About

ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey is a peer-led not-for-profit organization.

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc. (CSPNJ), a peer-led not-for-profit organization, provides flexible, community-based services that promote responsibility, recovery, and wellness through the provision of community wellness centers, supportive and respite housing, human rights advocacy, educational and innovative programs for people with the lived experience of behavioral health conditions.

Organizational Values

The principles that underpin our values:

KOVA (Keeping Our Values Alive)

Peer Support

Recovery Language

Recovery

Relationship Focused

Trauma Informed

Resilience

HISTORY

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey

A statewide behavioral health agency incorporated in 1984, CSPNJ has established itself as a respected innovator of housing, Community Wellness Centers, employment, and economic development services that promote the wellness and recovery of people with the lived experience of behavioral health conditions. Starting with just three drop-in centers to what is now a statewide network of programs, CSPNJ is a nationally recognized leader in the design and delivery of wellness and recovery-oriented services, offering opportunities for people to live, learn, and work in the community of their choice. Our motto is: “Our greatest resource is the life experiences of persons working through their own recovery.” This continues to be a core component of the agency’s mission, vision, and values.

Throughout our history, we created services in response to the people we support who also have extremely low incomes. Initially, we attempted to address isolation and transcend the “patient role” by developing and operating peer-led drop-in centers as well as creating a statewide advocacy initiative. We organized statewide educational forums and participated in the national Alternatives Conference to network and learn about other innovative, recovery-fostering alternatives from peers throughout the country. Through active participation in these educational forums, we designed an innovative housing and support model that addresses the poverty and inadequate living conditions that impede recovery and well-being. By 1989 we opened the first peer-run house in Asbury Park. We now provide safe and decent affordable housing for more than 750 persons in New Jersey at over 30 locations. We also provide wellness centers, wellness respites, and other wellness-focused innovations.

BOARD

Governing Board Officers

Peter Basto
Fae Cushing
Barbara Johnston
Walter Dudzinski
Mark Duffy
Victor Luna

Co-President

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Health Professions

Co-President

Mental Health Counselor

2nd Vice President

Director of Policy and Adovocacy, Mental Health Association in New Jersey

Treasurer

Former Chief Financial Officer, Newbridge Services

Secretary

Retired Chief Operating Officer, CSPNJ

Ex-officio (Non-Voting)

CEO, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ

BOARD

Board Members

Dr. Carlos Pratt
Cory Storch
Gail Schafran
Ken Lambertson
Chrystine Reilly
John Bartichek

Retired Professor, Rutgers University School of Health Professions

Chief Executive Officer, Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services

Jobs Coach and Volunteer, NAMI New Jersey

Volunteer, Freehold Community Wellness Center

PD Grant Reviewer, NJ Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Executive Director, Hope & Serenity Recovery Community Center