NJ-CARS is excited to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Recovery Support Services Conference this year during Recovery Month! The conference will be hosted in partnership with The College of New Jersey and will feature keynote speakers, breakout sessions, resource tables, networking, and more.

Registration is limited—sign up today!

Sponsorships available! Learn more here.

A “Recovery Ecosystem” is the entire continuum of recovery support services that exist and work collaboratively within a community. These include peer services, recovery community centers, recovery residences, collegiate recovery communities, family support, recovery high schools, recovery advocacy, as well as treatment and allied service providers.

Who should attend?

This conference is open to all, but has been designed by our NJ-CARS members, for our NJ-CARS members.

We are thrilled to announce that The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is sponsoring scholarships for the first 100 qualifying Peer Workers supporting Peer services throughout NJ.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the application at the following link:


Scholarships are limited, so please apply as soon as possible! Do not hesitate to contact Cindymarie Dix with any questions regarding the conference or scholarships:

732-381-4100 ext. 150

Featured Speakers

Tom Hill

Tom HillTom Hill began at the National Council for Behavioral Health in March 2017 and currently serving as Vice President of Practice Improvement. Tom previously served as a Presidential Appointee in the position of Senior Advisor on Addiction and Recovery to the SAMHSA Administrator. As part of this post, Tom initially served as Acting Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Prior to his appointment, he was a Senior Associate at Altarum Institute, serving as Technical Assistance Director for a number of SAMHSA treatment and recovery support grant initiatives. He also served for four years as Director of Programs at Faces & Voices of Recovery.

Reflecting his commitment to the goal of long-term recovery for individuals, families, and communities, Tom has also served on numerous Boards of Directors, advisory boards, committees, and task force/working groups. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Johnson Institute America Honors Recovery Award, the NALGAP Advocacy Award, the Phoenix Advocacy Award, the On Our Own Visionary Award, the ARHE Champion Award, and a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in the Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse initiative.

Robert Ashford, MSW

Robert AshfordRobert Ashford is a recovery scientist focused on substance use, recovery communities, recovery support services and institutions, integrated behavioral health systems, linguistic patterns, and technological interventions for behavioral health disorders. Mr. Ashford holds a Bachelor of Social Work with minors in Addiction Studies and Psychology from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). Currently, Robert is pursuing his PhD in Health Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Robert has also completed fellowships with the Treatment Research Institute and is currently a graduate research assistant at the Center on the Continuum of Care in Addictions at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Substance Use Disorders Institute at the University of the Sciences. Robert has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably NADAAC’s Young Emerging Leader Award (2014), and the University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Citation for Excellence in Service (2017). He is also the founding editor for the Journal of Recovery Science, a national recovery planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and serves as an appointee to the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

Workshop Topics Include

  • Ethical Peer Employment Practices
  • Co-Occurring Peer Support
  • Myths and Biases About Medication Assisted Recovery
  • Next Level Recovery Messaging
  • Peer Professional Development and Career Trajectories
  • Recovery Allyship
  • Social Justice and the Recovery Movement

Registration Fee

$15 for NJ-CARS members
$25 for non-members
Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and SWAG bag

Click here to register!

For more information, contact Cindymarie Dix by email at cdix@preventionlinks.org or by phone at 732-381-4100.


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