Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

NEW JERSEY PARENTS CAUCUS INC

  • SUCCASUNNA, NJ
  • www.newjerseyparentscaucus.org

Mission Statement

The New Jersey Parents' Caucus, Inc. is a coalition of parents, caregivers and system-involved youth whose mission is to ensure that every family who has children with special emotional and behavioral needs is given an opportunity to play a strong and active role in the conceptualization, development and delivery of effective and timely services in the mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare and special education systems. The New Jersey Parents Caucus serves all 21 counties in the state of New Jersey.

Main Programs

  1. NJPC Professional Parent Advocacy Training
  2. NJPC Youth Caucus
  3. NJPC Youth Justice Initiative

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Service Areas

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New Jersey

The New Jersey Parents' Caucus serves parents, caregivers, and family members raising children with emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as system-involved youth in the state of New Jersey.

ruling year

2000

Executive Director since 2002

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Ms katherine wright

NJPC Youth Caucus Advocate Leader since 2015

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Mr Jose Rosario

Keywords

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children mental health, mental illness, disability, youth, parents, parent education, training, advocacy, special needs, juvenile justice, caregivers, public policy, new jersey, children and families

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EIN

22-3735754

 Number

6639322925

Physical Address

c/o Trinitas regional medical center 655 East jersey street, 1st floor

Elizabeth, NJ 07206

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

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Program 1

NJPC Professional Parent Advocacy Training

NJPC Professional Parent Advocacy Training©, a 5 week comprehensive, parent and youth-driven training and education program which (1) enables parents and caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral challenges to appropriately and collaboratively negotiate with government agencies and other system partners (2) provides the opportunity for parents to strengthen their knowledge of the systems that serve their families and their rights and responsibilities within those systems (3) assists professionals in understanding the reality of raising a child with an emotional disorder and prepares them to seek out and partner with families in order to develop and implement treatment plans that will achieve optimal outcomes (4) offers opportunities for parents to become certified to train and (5) provides volunteer and paid opportunities for parents to provide training in their local communities. To date, NJPC has been able to provide over 40,000 hours of training to parents and caregivers representing over 6,700 children struggling with an emotional or behavioral challenge in the state of New Jersey.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

21022.00

Program 2

NJPC Youth Caucus

The New Jersey Youth Caucus is comprised of youth with emotional and/or behavioral health needs who have prior or current involvement in the mental health and juvenile justice system. The purpose of the Caucus is to improve outcomes for system-involved youth through meaningful and authentic youth involvement on all levels of decision making and strengthen the juvenile justice and mental health systems in New Jersey. The Coalition provides a venue for youth to learn and grow, to better understand their unique challenges, inform the juvenile justice and mental health systems, government policy, reduce stigma, increase awareness and improve the overall lives of their families and communities. The Caucus is comprised of youth advocates and leaders and meets monthly.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

6500.00

Program 3

NJPC Youth Justice Initiative

New Jersey Youth Justice Initiative (NJYJI), a family and youth-driven justice program which seeks to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth, end the practice of waiving youth to the adult system, end racial and ethnic disparities, end solitary confinement for youth, ensure family and youth involvement on all levels of decision-making and ultimately decrease recidivism rates through a myriad of supportive programs which include: • Providing education to parents, family members and youth on their rights and responsibilities and the advocacy skills needed to navigate child-serving systems • Providing free legal advice and representation to parents and youth by a qualified attorney • Supporting attorneys at trial • Providing leadership opportunities to system-involved youth through the NJ Youth Coalition • Providing peer support programs for parents, family members and youth • Increasing awareness through public testimonies and legislative advocacy • Training juvenile justice professionals and providers • Tracking and corresponding with youth who have current or prior involvement with the juvenile and adult system, and their parents, caregivers and family members and • Providing evaluation and data analysis. Family involvement is critical for youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Youth and parents need information, training, services and support to help them become knowledgeable about the juvenile justice system and effective advocates for themselves and their children. At the same time, juvenile justice systems need to ensure that their policies and procedures support family and youth involvement and that staff are trained to better understand the family perspective, the benefits of family and youth involvement, and specific strategies for engaging parents and youth. The services provided by NJYJI are particularly timely, coming in the wake of a new paradigm for sentencing youth in the adult system laid out by the United States Supreme Court in J.D.B. v. North Carolina (2011) in which the court recognized that children do not have the full capacity to exercise mature judgment.
NJYJI represents a new frontier in the family movement, as it establishes a formalized support network for families raising justice-involved youth. Currently, there is no organization in the state of New Jersey providing this type of support to parents, family members, incarcerated youth or criminal defense practitioners. NJPC founded the initiative to fill this void and provide unique family-driven solutions. By addressing youth and family needs with support from the time of sentencing through reentry to the community, we enhance the quality of juvenile representation, provide supportive services for families and improve outcomes for NJ’s justice-involved youth. In 2014, NJPC received a state spotlight and was highlighted by the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC), identifying our data analysis and evaluation studies representing more than ,000 parent training hours and 6,000 children, which showed improvements in the utilization of mental health, special education, and developmental disability services, and declines in the involvement of children and youth in the juvenile justice system. The analysis also demonstrated reductions of family involvement in the child welfare system. In addition, NJPC was highlighted in 2014 and 2015 by The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) for the publication of the Navigating the Juvenile Justice System in New Jersey: A Family Guide and The Incarceration of Children & Youth in New Jersey’s Adult Prison System: New Jersey Youth Justice Initiative which highlight the prevalence of children with mental health disabilities incarcerated in the adult system with nearly 70 percent of those placed in solitary confinement having a mental health diagnosis and nearly 37% having two or more diagnoses.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Budget

19,450.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New Jersey

The New Jersey Parents' Caucus serves parents, caregivers, and family members raising children with emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as system-involved youth in the state of New Jersey.

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Executive Director

Ms katherine wright

NJPC Youth Caucus Advocate Leader

Mr Jose Rosario

BIO

Kathy Wright's experience as a mental health executive, advocate and educator has spanned over a decade. She has presented numerous local, state and national workshops on children's mental health, family involvement & engagement, juvenile justice and child welfare. She has been instrumental in providing dedicated and passionate leadership as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Parents' Caucus, developing programs and supportive services that empower parents, caregivers and family members raising children with emotional and behavioral challenges in creating systemic change, as well as professionals and providers in the child-serving arenas in the areas of family engagement. She is the writer of NJPC's Parents' Empowerment Academy: NJPC's Professional Parent Advocacy Training and, Engaging Parents & Family Members curricula; Children Uplifted Mentoring Initiative, OJJDP Families Uplifted Prevention Initiative, NJ Youth Justice Initiative, NJ Youth Coalition and remains dedicated to working with families to improve outcomes for their children, become self-sufficient, overcome the stigma placed on them by society and work with dignity as collaborative partners with professionals. She has published two Data Briefs: "The Incarceration of Children & Youth in New Jersey's Adult Prison System and The Psychiatric Medication Use Among New Jersey Children She is a long standing member of the Institute for Social Justice – Juvenile Justice Reform Coalition of NJ representing families raising youth with mental health challenges who have contact with the juvenile justice system and the writer of NJPC Navigating the Juvenile Justice System in NJ: A Family Guide – the first statewide guide for families in New Jersey. As a cross-system advocate for children and families, Kathy has been very active in multiple systems, including juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare. In addition to the New Jersey Parents Caucus, her experience and accomplishments include a 2014 Youth Justice Leadership Fellowship -- a prestigious national fellowship program run by the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN); Steering Committee Member of the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Reform Coalition providing a family voice to the coalition; the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University providing technical assistance services in the Transformation Facilitation process to state level children's mental health directors and serving as a TF Management Team Member; Grant reviewer for the US Department of Justice, SAMHSA, Dept. Ed and NJ Division of Child Behavioral Health; National Family & Youth Council Member ensuring family and youth driven values and approaches are infused in the National Technical Assistance Center, SAMHSA Statewide Family Network Technical Assistance Center providing TA to SFNs throughout the US. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in the areof Psychology and English at Drew Univers

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Linda McConneyhead

New Jersey Parents Caucus, Inc.

Term: Sept 2015 - Sept 2016

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