Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022
(a) The goal is
to have a SP Program Element in each county, in order to offer SA services to
target population clients entering the mental health system. The specific role
of the SA program in a particular county shall be outlined in an approved
County Plan and/or in the State Mental Health Plan.
Each SA program shall be sponsored by an
organization, or a component thereof, independent of a direct mental health or
other human service provider. Such an entity might be, but is not limited to a
County Mental Health Association, advocacy group, etc. The Division may waive
this requirement if an agency presents an organizational structure which
demonstrates clear administrative autonomy between the advocacy activities and
the provision of direct services.
1. For the
purpose of this section, "Direct Services" shall mean the provision of any one
of the other Program Elements contained in this chapter or related social,
vocational, and housing services.
Counties designated by the Division in
the State Plan and determined by the Division to have complied with the funding
priorities noted in
10:37-5.1(a), (b) and
, shall work with the Division to develop
a SA Program in the Fiscal Year following that designation.
Each SA program shall be formally
affiliated with all mental health provider agencies (including State and county
hospitals), the County Mental Health Board, and related human service providers
(especially housing and county welfare).
Affiliation agreements with mental health providers must clearly define the
local role of the SA program and assure client access.
2. Affiliation agreements with human service
providers must assure that their services be accessible and available to mental
health target population clients within the county.
3. Each SA program shall be formally
affiliated with all external advocacy groups, particularly those that seek to
redress client grievances, and/or abridgement of clients' rights. At a minimum,
this must include the Division of Mental Health Advocacy and the County Mental
Community education/consultation activities aimed at non-mental health/human
service gatekeeper agencies, as appropriate, shall define the role of the SA
program if/when a SA client comes into contact with that gatekeeper
The SA program shall
participate in client complaint procedures as determined by the Division and
consistent with the regulations in
(g) The SA program may work with C & E
programs of mental health agencies, volunteer groups, etc. to facilitate the
integration of mental health clients into local communities through
companionship, community education, and other volunteer programs.
(h) The SA program may periodically site
visit mental health agencies and State and county hospitals that serve its area
and prepare reports to the County Mental Health Board and the Division, if such
a role is identified as appropriate by the county and/or the
(i) SA workers shall
provide outreach to boarding homes to assure availability of services to
residents, as needed.
(j) The SA
Program Element shall not engage in the provision of clinical mental health