Advocacy is at the heart of our Mission
Since inception, NCAAR (formerly the NJ chapter of the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) has led advocacy efforts to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and mental health concerns. By educating the public and policy makers about addiction as a public health issue, we are working to advance policy solutions to improve the quality and access to treatment and recovery services and to foster the implementation of a full recovery-oriented system of care in New Jersey.
In 2008, our advocacy efforts launched a new groundbreaking initiative, the Advocacy Leadership Program. Since then, the program has flourished with over 1,000 volunteers throughout the State of New Jersey, bringing together people in recovery, their families, friends, and allies. Our advocates have testified at countless hearings, organized events in their communities to raise awareness about recovery, participated in legislative visits and letter writing campaigns—all in a grassroots effort to save and change lives. Their stories have become the guiding force for positive policy change in vital areas such as early intervention, harm reduction, and criminal justice reform.
The passionate efforts of our advocates have led to some of these key legislative wins in New Jersey:
- Behavioral health parity
- Ending patient brokering
- Improving access to Naloxone and medication-assisted treatment services
- Decriminalization of Marijuana
NCAAR provides free trainings to advocacy leaders and other community organizations on multiple topics including Prevention and Early Intervention, Advocacy 101, Our Stories Have Power, Using Empowering Language for Change, and Understanding Harm Reduction. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming trainings and advocacy events in your area.
Need Space? Rent our conference room for your next training or event. *Room holds up to 70 people. Email Policy@ncaarbh.org for more information.
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