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DOJ Sends Guidance on ADA Protections for People with Opioid Use Disorder

Published: Apr 7, 2022
April 7, 2022 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday that it has published new guidance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with opioid use disorder (OUD) who are in treatment or recovery, including those who take medication to treat thei...

COVID-19 Hospitalizations in the U.S. Reach Record Lows

Published: Apr 5, 2022
April 5, 2022 COVID-19 hospitalizations across the U.S. are at their lowest numbers since the summer of 2020, when such national data first became available. As reported on modernhealthcare.com, the average number of people hospitalized in the U.S. with COVID-19 in the past week was ...

Pres. Biden Proposes Robust Investments for MH & SU Services for FY 2023 Budget

Published: Apr 4, 2022
April 4, 2022 In his proposed $1.6 trillion budget for FY2023, President Joe Biden requests substantial funding for mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services. Among the key provisions are: ...

DCA Awards 19 Community-Based Nonprofits $14M through Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program

Published: Mar 31, 2022
March 31, 2022 The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced that it will award a total of $14.25 million to 19 community-based nonprofits in the state through the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program. These awards represent the largest amount of ...

Pres. Biden’s Proposed FY2023 Budget Includes Significant Investment for Behavioral Health Care

Published: Mar 29, 2022
March 29, 2022 During his FY2023 budget address this afternoon, President Joe Biden focused on three values: "fiscal responsibility, safety and security at home and around the world, and the investments needed to continue our ...

HHS Announces Increase in Funding to Expand the Availability of CCBHCs Across the Country

Published: Mar 28, 2022
March 28, 2022 On March 24, as reported in a press announcement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through SAMHSA, announced two Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) funding ...

State Legislation Introduced to Ensure Ongoing Progress of Reformed Child Welfare System

Published: Mar 24, 2022
March 24, 2022 Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) and state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) introduced legislation (A3703) that would grant "independent authority to a newly configured Staffing and Oversight Review Committee, which is now overseen by the existin...

HHS Will Continue to Fight for Telehealth after Public Health Emergency Ends

Published: Mar 22, 2022
March 22, 2022 Many telehealth flexibilities are tied to the national public health emergency designation, which the U.S. is currently under and which is set to expire on April 16, unless renewed by President Joe Biden. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Be...

Stealth Omicron Subvariant to Become Dominant Strain; Experts Are Not Overly Concerned

Published: Mar 21, 2022
March 21, 2022 The COVID-19 Omicron strain subvariant, BA.2, known as stealth Omicron, is on track to overtake the original Omicron variant as the dominant strain in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BA.2 currently accounts for 39% of all...

SAMHSA Announces Funding for Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Programs

Updated: Mar 17, 2022
March 17, 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has announced new funding for substance use treatment and prevention programs. The funding will come through two grant programs, totaling $...

Assemblyman Greenwald and Others Introduce Legislative Package Investing in Behavioral Health

Published: Mar 15, 2022
March 15, 2022 A Legislative Package of six bills was introduced on Thursday, March 10, 2022 by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden, Burlington), along with a number of his fellow Assembly members, that aims to more comprehensively meet the mental healthcare needs of New Jersey resi...

$641M of Opioid Settlement Funds to Be Allocated for Treatment, Harm Reduction, Prevention Services

Published: Mar 14, 2022
March 14, 2022 Governor Phil Murphy announced today that New Jersey will receive $641 million in the massive $26 billion opioid manufacturer and distributer settlement that was recently finalized. He also announced that the funds will be allocated over the next 16 years to confront...
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