March 27, 2019

2019 Mental Health Stakeholder Forum
On March 27, 2019, COLA Chair, Dr. Barry Katz,  COLA Member, Dr. Jeff Axelbank, and NJPA Executive Director, Keira Boertzel-Smith,  attended the 2019 Mental Health Stakeholder Forum hosted by the New Jersey Psychiatric Association. The venue was sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter. The forum was an informal networking session where each organization shared information about their association, including advocacy efforts. Click here to read the NJPA story and efforts shared with these groups. We all walked away with good interactions with the other groups and talks of alliance building related to advocacy issues and more forums to come.

Invited Organizations
Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Medical Society of New Jersey (attended)
Mental Health Association in New Jersey (attended)
National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (attended)
National Association of Social Workers – New Jersey Chapter (attended/sponsored venue)
New Jersey Association of Health Plans
New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (attended)
New Jersey Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics (attended)
New Jersey Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (attended)
New Jersey Hospital Association
New Jersey Society of Addiction Medicine
New Jersey Psychiatric Association (hosted)
American Psychiatric Association (attended)
Advocacy and Management Group (attended)