Treatment Laws and Legislation For Inpatient Care:
N.J. STAT. ANN. § 30:4-27.2(m). "In need of involuntary commitment": means that an adult who is mentally ill, whose mental illness causes the person to be dangerous to self or dangerous to others or property and who is unwilling to be admitted to a facility voluntarily for care, and who needs care at a short-term care, psychiatric facility or special psychiatric hospital because other services are not appropriate or available to meet the person's mental health care needs.

N.J. STAT. ANN. § 30:4-27.2(r). "Mental illness" means a current, substantial disturbance of thought, mood, perception or orientation which significantly impairs judgment, capacity to control behavior or capacity to recognize reality, but does not include simple alcohol intoxication, transitory reaction to drug ingestion, organic brain syndrome or developmental disability unless it results in the severity of impairment described herein. The term mental illness is not limited to "psychosis" or "active psychosis," but shall include all conditions that result in the severity of impairment described herein.

N.J. STAT. ANN. § 30:4-27.2(h). "Dangerous to self" means that by reason of mental illness the person has threatened or attempted suicide or serious bodily harm, or has behaved in such a manner as to indicate that the person is unable to satisfy his need for nourishment, essential medical care or shelter, so that it is probable that substantial bodily injury, serious physical debilitation or death will result within the reasonably foreseeable future; however, no person shall be deemed to be unable to satisfy his need for nourishment, essential medical care or shelter if he is able to satisfy such needs with the supervision and assistance of others who are willing and available.

N.J. STAT. ANN. § 30:4-27.2(i) "Dangerous to others or property" means that by reason of mental illness there is a substantial likelihood that the person will inflict serious bodily harm upon another person or cause serious property damage within the reasonably foreseeable future. This determination shall take into account a person's history, recent behavior and any recent act or threat.

* New Jersey does not have an assisted outpatient treatment law.

In the past, people with a mental illness could be hospitalized against their will for virtually no legitimate reason and for indefinite periods of time. Presently, the vast majority of people in psychiatric hospitals are their voluntarily and if not, are usually hospitalized due to a threat or attempt of violence upon themselves or others.

Article about parity laws

Contact Information for legislators
Governor: Chris Christie -

Mailing Address:

PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 292-6000
Fax: (609) 292-3454

Washington Office:
444 N. Capitol St., NW, Ste. 201
Washington 20001
Phone: (202) 638-0631
Fax: (202) 638-2296

Frank Lautenberg -

Washington Office:
324 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3003
Phone: (202) 224-3224
Fax: (202) 228-4054

Main District Office:
1 Gateway Ctr., 23rd Fl.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 639-8700
Fax: (973) 639-8723

Robert Menendez -

Washington Office:
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3004
Phone: (202) 224-4744
Fax: (202) 228-2197
Main District Office:
1 Gateway Ctr., 11th Fl.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 645-3030
Fax: (973) 645-0502

House of Representatives

Robert Andrews
Frank LoBiondo
Jon Runyan
Christopher Smith
Scott Garrett
Frank Pallone
Leonard Lance
Bill Pascrell
Steven Rothman
Donald Payne
Rodney Frelinghuysen
Rush Holt
Albio Sires

Fantastic web site with a variety of information about mental health laws, legislation, and resources

Parity information
The parity law for New Jersey requires that every individual and group hospital service corporation contract that provides hospital or medical expense benefits and is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed shall provide coverage for biologically based mental illness under the same terms and conditions as provided for any other sickness

Information about state mental health laws, specifically party laws

Summary of the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007

Written report of the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007

Other mental health related laws and legislation