Mental Health Board is a seven to twelve member public County advisory body responsible for the development of mental health services. County Mental Health Boards were mandated through legislation in 1957 via the New Jersey Community Mental Health Services Act. Section 10:37-3.7 of the Act establishes the design and functions of the Board and its subcommittees.
The Board makes recommendations regarding mental health on funding and program development. Recommendations are made to County and State leaders . The Bergen County Mental Health Board monitors the service delivery and administration of all programs under the Board’s jurisdiction.
The Mental Health Board’s mission is to protect, assist, and empower people with mental illness and to promote Wellness and Recovery. Bergen County’s Mental Health Board emphasizes “people first” in the provision of services. The Board strives to ensure a seamless service system through partnerships and collaboration, involving consumer input whenever possible.