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CHOICES is an exciting consumer-driven program for smokers with mental illness in New Jersey. Our goal is to increase awareness of the importance of addressing tobacco use and to create a strong peer support network that encourages mental health consumers to make a positive healthy lifestyle change by addressing smoking and tobacco use.

CHOICES is innovative because it employs mental health consumers, called Consumer Tobacco Advocates, to deliver the vital message to smokers with mental illness that addressing tobacco is important and to motivate them to seek treatment. The Consumer Tobacco Advocates provide their peers with information about the consequences of smoking, issues regarding smoking and mental illness, and options available to make quitting easier. They visit mental health centers, self-help centers and health fairs to communicate with and educate consumers about their smoking. They also provide resources about places in New Jersey where smokers with mental illness can receive tobacco dependence treatment.

As the Consumer Tobacco Advocates increase awareness among consumers about the relationship between smoking and their overall wellness, many consumers have come to terms with their desire to quit. Their clear message about the need for tobacco-cessation services and treatments will drive public policy on this issue more than any other force.

Do you want to start feeling better? Now's the time to BECOME MOTIVATED! Learn as much as you can about tobacco misuse, take control and feel better. Are you a mental health consumer interested in learning more about quitting smoking?

You have CHOICES! We can help!


Join Us As We Celebrate 10 Years of the CHOICES Program

The CHOICES Program stands for

Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking, and began in 2005.

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 12pm, The CHOICES program will be having its Ten Year Anniversary Luncheon at

Pierre’s of South Brunswick,

located at

582 Georges Rd. in Monmouth Junction, NJ.

In the past ten years, the CHOICES program has achieved many milestones.  The CHOICES program, which employs mental health peer counselors, has met with more than 33,000 mental health consumers at 1,000 site visits throughout New Jersey.  By going to these treatment programs, residences, self-help centers and consumer conferences, the team has had the opportunity to talk to tobacco users directly and provide them with feedback about smoking and ways to access  treatment.

Please consider purchasing a ticket and joining us for this celebration.  If you are unable to attend, please consider donating one or more tickets.  Through donations like yours we can provide sponsorships for consumers and other special guests to attend.

Tickets are $36 each and include an extensive array of luncheon buffet choices. 

Please email Trish Dooley Budsock, Program Director, with your reply at
dooleypc@rutgers.edu or by phone at 732-235-3361.



We're on TWITTER As a way of staying in touch with people we meet at site visits and health fairs, CHOICES has created a twitter account.  We will use this account to post news, updates, and share valuable health information.  Please follow us on twitter at @NJCHOICES

Mental Health Agencies or Self-Help Centers in New Jersey. Our peer advocates are available to come to your site to talk to consumers. Call us today at 732-235-8232.



CHOICES - 317 George Street, Suite 105, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 - Phone: 732-235-8232

Last Updated 1/6/16