National Council for Behavioral Health Recognizes NJAMHAA for Advocacy Excellence

MERCERVILLE, NJ (June 22, 2020) - The National Council for Behavioral Health will recognize the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) for its extraordinary advocacy work during the June 23rd Hill Day at Home, the National Council's annual advocacy event to promote bipartisan solutions for behavioral health providers and the individuals they serve.

The 2020Advocacy Leadership Awards, supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recognizes individuals and organizations that have supported public policy initiatives to improve behavioral healthcare treatment and services through statewide advocacy.

"National Council members understand the value of advocacy to promote the important work of providers in their states. This year's Advocacy Leadership Award winners have worked tirelessly under difficult circumstances as community behavioral health organizations cope with a pandemic to relentlessly pursue bipartisan solutions to help those providers and the clients who depend on them for life-saving services," National Council for Behavioral Health President and CEO Chuck Ingoglia said. "Because of their work, communities throughout their states are healthier and safer."

The National Council's website adds, "As the pandemic roared into New Jersey, NJAMHAA worked with state leaders to ensure that the necessary work was done to resolve MAT [medication assisted treatment] issues, as well as prevent recent increases to long-term residential SUD [substance use disorder] treatment rates from being cut. Their advocacy during the pandemic has also led to several big wins, including legislation for expanded telehealth."

"Being selected for this award is humbling and a tremendous honor for the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. The award affirms that advocacy is effective, especially when everyone participates, as is the case throughout our association," said Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, who will accept the Organizational Achievement in Advocacy Award.

The National Council will honor its 2020 Advocacy Leadership Award winners at a reception during Hill Day at Home on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Learn more about the 2020 Advocacy Leadership Award program.

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