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Governor Announces Plans to Return DMHAS to Department of Human Services

Governor Phil Murphy delivered to the Legislature his reorganization plan to transfer the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) from the Department of Health (DOH) to the Department of Human Services (DHS). Read the press release from the Governor's office or review the reorganization plan.

Reorganization Plan

Youth Suicide Prevention

Youth Suicide Prevention

New Jersey has an extensive range of services and supports available for children, adolescents, young adults and families that are coping with suicidal crisis situations.

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There Is Help

There Is Help


You are not alone. Need someone to talk to? The New Jersey Hopeline is only a phone call away. Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

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Finding Mental Health Treatment In A Crisis

A wide variety of mental health services are offered at many locations throughout New Jersey.

Mental Health Crisis Centers

Getting the Mental Health Services You Need

Getting the Mental Health Services You Need

New Jersey Mental Health Cares is the state's behavioral health information and referral service. The staff of behavioral care specialists can use their experience and understanding of the behavioral health system to connect you to the information and services you need. Call 866-202-HELP (4357) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Managing HIV and Hepatitis C Outbreaks Among People Who Inject Drugs

Managing HIV and Hepatitis C Outbreaks Among People Who Inject Drugs

The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has substantially increased the risk of transmission of bloodborne viruses, including HIV and hepatitis C, through use of shared equipment. The CDC has prepared a guide for state and local health departments.


Governor Murphy Advances $100 Million Commitment to Tackle New Jersey’s Opioid Crisis

Strategy Provides Multi-Pronged, Coordinated Approach


Psychiatric Advanced Directive

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services manages the registry of Psychiatric Advance Directives, which ensure your mental health care wishes are honored if you are unable to manage your own care.

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State Psychiatric Hospitals

The Division operates four psychiatric hospitals, one of which is a forensic center. Each admits patients from different regions of the state, depending upon each patient's individual circumstances. The goal of the Division is to ensure that the hospitals function in a similar manner. Some examples include organizational structure, provision of active treatment, community re-integration, implementation of evidence-based practices, and workforce development initiatives.


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DMHAS Reorganization Q&A

Q. Will licensure of facilities integrating mental health, addiction services and primary care remain with the Department of Health? What about licensure for mental health and addiction services facilities without primary care?

A. The Murphy Administration is committed to integrated licensing for physical and behavioral health care and therefore DOH will continue to advance the single license initiative. In addition, licensing of other community-based mental health and substance use programs and facilities will continue to be licensed by DOH even after DMHAS is returned to the Department of Human Services.

Q. When will DMHAS move back to the Department of Human Services?

A. The Legislature has 60 days to review the reorganization plan, which will take effect August 20, 2018. During that time, DHS and DOH will work together to create a timeline for implementation.

Q.  Will DMHAS, and its staff, be moving back to Trenton?  If not, will they remain where they are now?
A. The vast majority of DMHAS staff will remain in their current locations.

Q.  Why are the psychiatric hospitals staying at the Department of Health?

A. The Department of Health has begun rigorous efforts to enhance patient care at the psychiatric hospitals and this will continue to move forward at DOH without delay or disruption.

Q.  Will information technology be prioritized in the transition to avoid disruption in services?

A. Yes. The Department of Health and the Department of Human Services will work closely to ensure the smoothest possible transition. This includes information technology.

Last Reviewed: 7/12/2018