Governor Murphy's budget will eliminate the Student Center at Sussex County Technical School if it is passed
School Based Youth Services Programs across the state will have their funding completely eliminated if Governor Murphy’s budget is passed by the state legislature.  For Sussex County, this will mean the end of the highly effective student support and counseling services provided by “The Student Center” at Sussex County Technical School.  

Click here for a copy of the letter that the Advocacy Committee of NAMI Sussex sent to our legislators.
Why is this harmful?
This program has been providing free counseling and support to students at Sussex Tech since 1988.  Many of the students served have serious emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and require individualized monitoring and school-based therapy.  This is a lifeline which is especially critical now due to the increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues among youth. 

This local program has served approximately 20,000 students since its inception and each year all the statewide programs serve about 30,000 annually. 
Take action by Thursday Sep. 10
Please call or email our Sussex County (District 24) legislators to demand that the School Based Youth Services Program funding be reinstated so students can continue to thrive.

Phone number for all legislators - 973-300-0200

Senator Steven Oroho -

Assemblyman Parker Space -

Assemblyman Harold "Hal" Wirths -

Use social media to share this info! Use the hashtag #savesbysp or #saveschoolbased

Deadline: Comments must be submitted by Sep. 10, 2020.
NAMI Sussex
P.O. Box 652, Sparta, NJ 07871
Tel no. 973-214-0632
NAMI Sussex is an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, education, and advocacy throughout the Sussex County, New Jersey area on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness.