IT Project Mission
For more than 30 years, the NJAMHAA Information Technology (IT) Project has been leading New Jersey's community mental healthcare and substance use treatment providers through the continuous evolution of the computer age. Formed in 1984 as the Management Information System Project, a joint public/private venture among NJAMHAA, the State of New Jersey's Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Project participants, the IT Project was the only venture of its kind at the time to be initiated by a state division to help non-profits implement the new technology of desktop computers. DMHAS recognized that its contract agencies were struggling to implement technology and turned to NJAMHAA, the state's voice for mental health and substance use agencies, to help them. To date, no other venture as expansive as the NJAMHAA IT Project has yet to be duplicated any place else in the country, despite the immense need for it.
NJAMHAA changed the name of the project in 2003 to the IT Project to reflect a wider array of services incorporating new and future technologies. As technology continues to adapt, the IT Project is adapting with it. Most mental healthcare and substance use treatment agencies in New Jersey do not have the resources to hire experienced IT staff or consultants to show them how technology can save them time and money. The IT Project offers a low-cost solution that includes consultation, implementation, and maintenance – the Total Managed Solution!
Like a beacon in stormy weather, the IT Project can guide your organization through the turbulent waters of strained budgets, increased demand, and government regulation. To schedule a free systems analysis, please call NJAMHAA's IT Project Director Ron Gordon, at (609) 838-5488, ext. 215; or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Transparency Policy of the IT Project at NJAMHAA
NJAMHAA contracts with the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for the benefit of all provider organizations that it funds through contracts and fee-for service programs. The contract, known as the NJAMHAA Information Technology (IT) Project, was established in 1984 and over the years, the DMHAS has reached out to NJAMHAA to assist division staff in efficiently implementing special projects. More routinely, they ask questions of the IT Project management in the areas of the effective use of technology and whether needs justify the costs.
The IT Project provides the DMHAS with expert technical consultations, research and reviews of technical funding requests, and performs other services as directed by the state. The DMHAS may engage the IT Project to review providers’ requests to use accrued contract dollars to invest in technology, or seek its expertise to assist with expanded fiscal initiatives, such as reviewing providers’ requests for reimbursement of technology expenses through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The IT Project neither approves nor denies funding requests submitted to the DMHAS. NJAMHAA’s role is purely technical and consultative in nature.
Membership status with NJAMHAA has no bearing on the work of the IT Project and membership status is never reviewed prior to any technical consultation in partnership with the state. Additionally, an organization does not need to be a member of NJAMHAA to receive services from the IT Project. Every provider funded by the DMHAS is eligible to receive the same services from the IT Project, including free webinars and trainings, brief systems analyses and technical purchasing consultations.