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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.


Relationship building

as the means for growth and connection

People's potential

and their ability to grow and change


through interdependence

Dignity and Diversity

of each individual


and the responsibility that comes with them

Inclusive communities

that promote a sense of belonging


as a challenge to the status quo

The principles that underpin our values

KOVA - Keeping Our Values Alive

Peer Support

Recovery Language


Relationship Focused

Trauma Informed



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.


Governing Board Officers

Jerome Glover
Peter Basto
Margaret Upchurch
Barbara Johnston
Isaac Brown
Ann Reilly
Caroline Meehan
Victor Luna



1st Vice President

2nd Vice President



Assistant Secretary

Immediate Past President

Ex-officio (Non-Voting)


Board Members

Dr. Carlos Pratt
Cory Storch
Walter Dudzinski
Danielle Chirico
Fae Cushing

Rutgers University

Executive Director, Bridgeway

Chief Financial Officer, NewBridge Services, Inc.

Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical
Center Foundation

Alternatives, Inc.