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 and substance use.
Organizational Values

Relationship building

as the means for growth and connection

People's potential

and their ability to grow and change

Self-sufficiency

through interdependence

Dignity and Diversity

of each individual

Choices

and the responsibility that comes with them

Inclusive communities

that promote a sense of belonging

Innovation

as a challenge to the status quo

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 mission, vision, and values.

Throughout our history we created services in response to the needs of 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 were able to design 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.

2019 Board

Governing Board Officers

Jerome Glover – Co-President
Peter Basto – Co-President
Margaret Upchurch – 1st Vice President
Barbara Johnston – 2nd Vice President
Isaac Brown – Treasurer
Ann Reilly – Secretary
Vacant – Assistant Secretary
Caroline Meehan – Immediate Past President
Victor Luna – Ex-officio (Non-Voting)

Board Members

Dr. Carlos Pratt
Rutgers University

Cory Storch
Executive Director, Bridgeway

Walter Dudzinski
Chief Financial Officer, NewBridge Services, Inc.

Danielle Chirico
Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical
Center Foundation

Fae Cushing, AS, CPRP
Alternatives, Inc.

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