Leadership Academy Presents Opportunities for Career Advancement and Strengthening the Behavioral Healthcare System

As demand for mental healthcare, substance use disorder (SUD) and support services (e.g., housing, supported education and employment) continues to increase while the behavioral healthcare system continues to struggle with recruiting and retaining qualified staff, the New Jersey Mental Health Institute launched the Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals. This cost-effective program addresses the workforce crisis by encouraging behavioral healthcare providers to continue working in their organizations as they develop skills for future leadership positions.

“Working with my mentor to brainstorm and develop strategies for my team and me to improve how we care for patients and each other has been so beneficial. My coach has given me insightful suggestions for navigating challenges and opportunities. I am especially grateful to network with other Leadership Academy participants as we learn from and support each other. It’s so beneficial to collaborate with others who have similar roles, responsibilities and experiences. I definitely recommend the Leadership Academy.”

Adiba Saleem, LCSW
2022-23 Leadership Academy Mentee
Team Leader, Adult Intervention Services, AtlantiCare


The Leadership Academy is open to mentees and mentors who are working (and, in the case of some mentors, have worked) in any aspects of the behavioral healthcare field, including clinical, administrative, legal, human resources, and information technology. It is also open to coaches in other industries whose different expertise and experience add to the value of this program.

NJMHI is seeking mentees, mentors, and coaches for the second cohort that will begin in September 203. Applications are due May 15, 2023. Click here to access NJMHI’s Leadership Academy page to access mentee, mentor, and coach applications and fact sheets for more information. Please share these opportunities with your staff and colleagues!