Board of Trustees

  • codey couple1Richard J. Codey is a former Governor and a 40 year veteran of the New Jersey legislature. Governor Codey has made the fight against mental illness a focus of his entire career. As Governor, Mr. Codey’s first official act was to establish a Task Force to reform the New Jersey’s mental health system. He also signed into law legislation allocating $200 million for housing units for individuals with mental illness. Additionally, he established a Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma. Earlier in his career, while serving a chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Mr. Codey went undercover to expose deplorable conditions at Marlboro Pychiatric Hospital. Among other reforms, his undercover operation led to stricter hiring practices and criminal background checks for psychiatric hospital employees.