Gov. Murphy's Proposed Budget Is a Start; Much More Investment Is Needed in Behavioral Health Care

February 28, 2024

Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO, on the Proposed FY2025 State Budget

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) greatly appreciates the investments and continued support of substantial increases to rates and contracts to strengthen the behavioral health workforce in recent years in Governor Murphy’s proposed FY2025 State Budget. To ensure access to mental health and substance use treatment and services to all of New Jersey’s diverse population, especially communities of color, significant funding increases over and above the recurring amounts will be needed in the final FY2025 State Budget. These investments are critical to ensure that organizations have adequate dollars to attract and retain the staff needed to deliver services to all of the state’s children, youth and adults, as NJAMHAA illustrates in its Diverse Faces: All Are Worthy of Full Investment campaign.

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