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Washington Township is Proud to Be Stigma Free.

The Morris County Stigma‐Free Communities Initiative is a county‐wide program which aims to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. We are dedicated to raising awareness of these illnesses by creating an environment where affected individuals are supported in their efforts to achieve wellness and recovery. 

The Stigma Free Communities Initiative. Stigma‐Free Communities aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about stigma. The County of Morris and several Morris County towns have already passed Stigma‐Free resolutions. Establishing Stigma‐Free Communities will raise awareness of the local mental health and recovery resources available so that no resident needs to feel hopeless or alone. Stigma‐Free Communities will encourage residents to break down barriers and be mindful of their mental health and ask for help when needed. Substance use disorders and mental illness have the potential to worsen if left untreated and complications arise when individuals do not seek help. It is essential that residents engage in care as soon as the need is identified so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided.  

What is stigma? Stigma is a mark of disgrace which results from the judgment by others. When an individual is labeled by their illness they experience judgment and prejudice. Stigma brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help. As a result, stigma is the primary reason individuals do not seek help when they experience symptoms of mental illness.

Visit the Morris County Stigma Free Website for more information. 

 

 "Overdose Prevention Act"  Governor Christie signed the Overdose Prevention Act in 2013.  The law allows individuals to report drug overdoses without fear of being arrested.  Instead of viewing a person as a criminal, one who overdoses is viewed as a person who needs immediate medical attention.

 

Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest for drug use and possession, paraphenalia use and posession and revoation of parole or probation based on these charges.  The protections do not extend to outstanding warrants, drug sales, and other non-drug crimes.  Visit the Drug Policy Alliance website for more information.  Flyer

RESOURCES

For information on the disease of Mental Illness, visit the  National Alliance on Mental Health website. 

Morris County Division of Human Services Mental Health website and resources. 

Visit the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey website to learn more about New Jersey's efforts to "unsell" drugs to the people of New Jersey, especially young people. the website also includes resources for the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Programs throughout the state. 

Morris County Division of Human Services Addiction website and resources. 

Facing Addiction Task Force Website. 

Morris County NJ Human Services Website. 

Narcotics Anonymous Website and the NJ Narcotics Anonymous Website.

Alcoholics Anonymous Website

 For help and hope for families, visit:  Al-Anon Website and Al-Anon NJ Website 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Please view their app, which helps adults talk to kids about substance abuse.:"Talk. They Hear You" 

 

Available Resources, not endorsed by the Township, but provided as informational: 

 

Safe Medicine Drop

The Washington Township Police Department provides a safe medicine drop box in their lobby at 1 E. Springtown Road.  Keep unused and old drugs out of your homes.  The drop box is available 24/7.  

 

  Visit the NJ Divison of Consumer Affairs Website to find other drop box locations in the state. 

Municipal Alliance

It is the mission of the Washington Township Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) to prevent and reduce alcoholism, tobacco, and substance abuse along with violence, vandalism, and victimization, while attempting to remediate the long-term harm and devastation substance abuse causes to our youth and families.

Visit the Morris County Division of Human Services Municipal Alliance website page for more information. 

Upcoming Events/Programs:

October 17, 2017 - "If I Could Have a Do-Over".  John Halligan will discuss the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. 7 PM.  West Morris Central Auditorium

October 12, 2017.  Screenagers - Growing Up In the Digital Age . 7 PM.  West Morris Central HS

 April 26, 2017. Prescription for Change.  7:30 PM.  Centenary University.

 April 12, 2017. Fight the Heroin & Opiate Epidemic Through Awareness Education.  7 PM.  Roxbury High School