The Wellness Learning Community and
“Your Wellness Counts” projects

Since 2004, the “Bridging the Gap” project has promoted the integration of physical and behavioral health to increase the quality of life of persons in recovery. Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Technical Assistance Center (UBHC-TAC) actively collaborates with the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) on a number of Wellness-related initiatives.

The Wellness Learning Community, currently in development, will consist of four primary stakeholder groups (behavioral health consumers, consumers’ families, behavioral health service providers, physicians & other primary care service providers) who will join together to promote the overall wellness of persons in recovery. Goals may include enhancing each stakeholder group’s knowledge of Shared Decision Making approaches, the use of Decision Aids and the development of skills related to consumer advocacy. Through planned discussions and trainings (live and distance learning), the Wellness Learning Community will share evidence-based and best practices to integrate physical and behavioral health for persons in recovery.

“Your Wellness Counts” (YWC) is being developed as a self-directed resource that invites persons in recovery to consider how one’s own physical health impacts overall wellness and the ability to live a more meaningful life. YWC aims to assist the reader with discovering her/his own answers concerning if, how, when and why changes in behavior may happen.  Areas of focus will include health topics such as shared decision making, diet, exercise, and tobacco use. YWC .

We plan to unveil the YWC toolkit in the near future as a part of the Wellness Learning Community with a special focus on dissemination at self-help and recovery centers throughout New Jersey. For additional information, please feel free to contact us at (732) 235-9290 or at tac_training@ubhc.rutgers.edu. Please include “Complete Wellness Project” in the subject line of your email.

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship and support of the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services for this project.

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