NJPA is a member of the Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC)
Through the New Jersey Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC), NJABPsi, LMHANJ, and NJPA join together as equal partners to contribute their unique educational acumen, expertise, experience, and perspectives to obtain synergy as a resource to promote equality in mental health care and to zealously advocate for the mental health needs for the diverse population of the state of New Jersey. This will be accomplished by our respective organizations working together to develop initiatives to educate the public, as well as healthcare providers through training, professional presentations and mobilizing resources as needed to provide counseling and psychological services under emergent circumstances.

IMPAC Leaders -
LMHANJ President - Jesselly De La Cruz, DSW
LMHANJ Past-President - Ricardo Martinez, PhD
LMHA-NJ Past-President, Milton Fuentes, PsyD
NJABPsi President  - Monique Swift, PsyD
NJABPsi President-Elect - Barbara Prempeh PsyD
NJPA President-  Lucy Takagi, PsyD
NJPA President- Elect - Daniel Lee, PhD
NJPA Past-President - Morgan Murray, PhD
NJPA Executive Director- Keira Boertzel-Smith

December 2, 2020 IMPAC Program -Positive Black Identity Development: Threats and Strategies to Support Children and Parents
Presented by Valerie Harrison, JD, PhD and Kathryn Peach D’Angelo, EdD

Racism in the United States remains a persistent and urgent problem. Recent events have underscored the unfortunate reality that misunderstanding and confusion about race and racism continue to divide our country and thwart its forward progress. This workshop focused on the impact of racism on the health and welfare of Black children. Authors and educators, Drs. Valerie Harrison and Kathryn Peach D’Angelo, shared and discussed critical research about the complex factors that impact a Black child’s achievement and well-being. The participants learned about the role of positive racial identity as a critical tool in improving academic and social outcomes for Black children; threats to the development of positive racial identity; and strategies that support particular approaches to parenting and nurturing Black children in ways that equip them to navigate racism. Participants also learned how to go beyond a general awareness of racism to the next steps of understanding how racism still operates in the lives of Black people, and then to developing and implementing effective approaches to racial equity. 

On June 5, 2020, IMPAC hosted the One Scar, Too Many: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Undocumented Immigrants in the Face of Trauma presented by Luz M. Garcini, PhD, MPH. 
Dr. Garcini is an assistant professor at the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Dr. Garcini’s research focuses on identifying, understanding, and addressing the health needs of at-risk Latinx immigrants. Her line of research known as Projecto Voces (Project Voices) is a combination of community efforts and research studies which for the past 8 years have generated scientific evidence to document and address the complex health needs of undocumented Latinx families and deportees.

2020 Join Statement -The New Jersey Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC) Responds to the Murder of George Floyd  - IMPAC joins in unison to acknowledge the trauma caused by racism and violence. Read our statement here.

2019 Joint Statement - The New Jersey Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC) Recognizes the 400th Anniversary of the first Africans who arrived in 1619, ushering in the Era of American Slavery Click here to read the full statement.

On April 12, 2019 - The Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition presented Shine a Light on Multicultural Mental Health Awareness in New Jersey at Rutgers University (Thank you Rutgers for graciously sponsoring the venue for this important event)

This 1.5 hour session presented the work of the APA Task Force on re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century. The session presented the ten core multicultural guidelines that emerged from the process the Task Force engaged in. Each guideline was presented in the context of the overall model titled the Layered Ecological Model of the Multicultural Guidelines. The application of the multicultural guidelines for professional practice in the role of clinician, educator, consultant, and researcher was considered. At the heart of this framework, was a focus on the bi-directional relationship between psychologist/client; educator/student; consultant/consultee; and researcher/research participant. An ecological, intersectional approach was taken throughout the presentation. The session promoted a dialogue about the need for psychology to make multicultural practice central to the profession.