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Washington Township is Proud to Be Stigma Free.

The Morris County Stigma‐Free Communities Initiative is a county‐wide program which aims to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. We are dedicated to raising awareness of these illnesses by creating an environment where affected individuals are supported in their efforts to achieve wellness and recovery. 

The Stigma Free Communities Initiative. Stigma‐Free Communities aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about stigma. The County of Morris and several Morris County towns have already passed Stigma‐Free resolutions. Establishing Stigma‐Free Communities will raise awareness of the local mental health and recovery resources available so that no resident needs to feel hopeless or alone. Stigma‐Free Communities will encourage residents to break down barriers and be mindful of their mental health and ask for help when needed. Substance use disorders and mental illness have the potential to worsen if left untreated and complications arise when individuals do not seek help. It is essential that residents engage in care as soon as the need is identified so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided.  

What is stigma? Stigma is a mark of disgrace which results from the judgment by others. When an individual is labeled by their illness they experience judgment and prejudice. Stigma brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help. As a result, stigma is the primary reason individuals do not seek help when they experience symptoms of mental illness.

Visit the Morris County Stigma Free Website for more information. 


April 24, 2018 - Opioid & Addiction Community Education Forum.  Click here for event handouts.  Click here for Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids Resource Guide for Families Booklet. 


November 1, 2017 Conference: Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness and AddictionBuilding Healthy Communities

 "Overdose Prevention Act"  Governor Christie signed the Overdose Prevention Act in 2013.  The law allows individuals to report drug overdoses without fear of being arrested.  Instead of viewing a person as a criminal, one who overdoses is viewed as a person who needs immediate medical attention.

Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest for drug use and possession, paraphenalia use and posession and revoation of parole or probation based on these charges.  The protections do not extend to outstanding warrants, drug sales, and other non-drug crimes.  Visit the Drug Policy Alliance website for more information.  Flyer


For information on the disease of Mental Illness, visit the  National Alliance on Mental Health website. 

Morris County Division of Human Services Mental Health website and resources. 

Visit the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey website to learn more about New Jersey's efforts to "unsell" drugs to the people of New Jersey, especially young people. the website also includes resources for the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Programs throughout the state. 

Morris County Division of Human Services Addiction website and resources. 

Facing Addiction Task Force Website. 

Morris County NJ Human Services Website. 

Do you know the street names of common illegal drugs? 

Commonly abused drugs and their descriptions. 

Narcotics Anonymous Website and the NJ Narcotics Anonymous Website.

Alcoholics Anonymous Website

National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab

 For help and hope for families, visit:  Al-Anon Website and Al-Anon NJ Website 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Please view their app, which helps adults talk to kids about substance abuse.:"Talk. They Hear You" 


Facilities not endorsed by the Township, but provided for your information: 


Safe Medicine Drop


Project Medicine Drop is a program designed to allow Township residents to properly and safely dispose of their unwanted or expired household medications.

Residents can bring their unwanted or expired household medications removed from the original packaging and placed in a zip lock or similar type plastic bag to the Washington Township Police Department  24 hours a day. Residents will then place their medication into the Project Medicine Drop box which is located inside Police Headquarters at the police station anonymously and free of charge.  The medications will then safely and properly be destroyed.  

No liquids or sharps/needles can be taken at this location.

The Washington Township Police Department is located at 1 East Springtown Road.

Municipal Alliance

It is the mission of the Washington Township Municipal Alliance to prevent and reduce abusive behaviors inclusive of alcoholism, substance abuse, and bullying, along with violence, vandalism and victimization while attempting to remediate long-term harm and devastation that abusive behaviors of all kinds cause to our youth and families. We will act in partnership with our community and our allied agencies in a pro-active manner to promote a realistic and responsive approach utilizing education, prevention, public awareness and intervention while promoting positive alternatives to at-risk behaviors. 


The Washington Township Municipal Alliance meets 8 times each year on the second Tuesday of each month. Most meetings occur at the Washington Township Police Department.  Visit the Township calendar to verify locations. Upcoming meetings:

January 9

February 13 (meeting at the Muncipal Building)

March 13

April 10

May 15

September 18

October 9

November 13


Visit the Morris County Division of Human Services Municipal Alliance website page for more information. 

Upcoming Events/Programs in our community. Sponsored by a variety of organizations and resources:  


October 11,2018.  DIRT - One man show about substance abuse and choices.  West Morris Central High School.  6:30 PM.   FLYER

March 29, 2018 Parents Forum.  MacKinnon Middle School.

February 2018.  NJ Shout Down Drugs Competition.  Enter your song, highlighting a positive message about staying away from drugs.  

January 11, 2018Nurtured Heart.  Butler Borough Public Library. 

January 10, 2018.  Chris Herren.  Watchung Hills Regional High School. 

December 28, 2017Hope One Van at the Washington Township Library.  10 am - 2pm.  Narcan training/information and Narcan kit to anyone who qualifies. 

November 29, 2017John Morello on Drugs Bullying and Choices.  Morris Knolls High School.  7 pm. 

November 28, 2017.  Morris County Prevention Forum. "Defining the Problem & Exploring the Solution"  Registration required. 

November 28, 2017 Cyber Safety.  Wharton

November 28, 2017.  Cultivating a Culture of Kindness.  Morristown.  6:30 pm

November 8, 2017Narcan Training.  Pine Brook.  Registration required. 

November 6, 2017'Chasing the Dragon - The Life of an Opiate Addict'.  Montville

November 2, 2017Hidden in Plain Sight.  Jefferson Twp. High School.

October 17, 2017 - "If I Could Have a Do-Over".  John Halligan will discuss the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. 7 PM.  West Morris Central Auditorium

October 12, 2017.  Screenagers - Growing Up In the Digital Age . 7 PM.  West Morris Central HS

October 1, 8, 22Opiate/oid Awareness Discussion.  3:30 - 5pm.  Community Prestyterian Church of Chester.

 April 26, 2017. Prescription for Change.  7:30 PM.  Centenary University.

 April 12, 2017. Fight the Heroin & Opiate Epidemic Through Awareness Education.  7 PM.  Roxbury High School


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