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Everyone’s Advocacy Is Needed Now and until the FY25 State Budget Is Signed!

Published: Apr 22, 2024
April 22, 2024 Reinforce the Fact that New Jerseyans Cannot Wait any Longer for Life Saving Care! Advocate for Significantly More Investment in the FY2025 State Budget! Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, and leaders of partner advocacy organizations recently held...

Advocates Illustrate Why New Jerseyans Cannot Wait any Longer for Life Saving Care

Updated: Apr 19, 2024
April 19, 2024 On April 18, 2024, leaders from several statewide advocacy organizations held a press conference, New Jerseyans Cannot Wait Any Longer for Life Saving Care, and highlighted compelling examples of the negative impact of long waits for services - many of which are due to ...

NJAMHAA Urges Everyone to Advocate for More Funding to Strengthen the Behavioral Health Workforce

Updated: Apr 11, 2024
April 11, 2024 "We are so fortunate here in New Jersey to have a behavioral health workforce of amazing heroes, a statewide heroic staff whose personal mission is to give so strongly to others …. to ensure that all our Diverse Faces have access to the behavioral health services we d...

More Research Needed on Caring for Residents with Mental Health Needs in Long Term Care Facilities

Published: Apr 8, 2024
April 8, 2024 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General has published a new report, Nursing Home Residents with Endangering Behaviors and Mental Health Disorders May be Vulnerable to Facility-Initiated Discharges, suggesting that more resea...

HHS Finalizes Policies to Make Marketplace Coverage More Accessible and Expand Health Benefits

Published: Apr 4, 2024
April 4, 2024 On April 2, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS') Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced policies for the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces that make it easier for individuals with low income levels to enroll in coverage; provi...

NJ Receives $25M for Construction of the Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center

Updated: Apr 2, 2024
April 2, 2024 New Jersey's Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center (MIHIC), to be located in Trenton, NJ, is part of First Lady Tammy Murphy's Nurture NJ Initiative. It is intended to serve as an anchor for equitable provision of maternal and infant healthcare services, social se...

Behavioral Health Care Enables Individuals to Achieve Good Health and Success in School and Careers

Updated: Mar 26, 2024
March 26, 2024 "My life has truly been shaped, and continues to be by Preferred Behavioral Health Group's School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) in Brick Schools and I am so grateful to be a part of it," said Nick Spanola, MS, LPC, Program Director and Former Program Participant,...

Pres. Biden Signs Final FY24 Appropriations Package, Preventing Partial Government Shutdown

Published: Mar 26, 2024
March 26, 2024 On Saturday, March 23, 2024, President Biden signed HR2882, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, into law, providing funding for the remaining six regular Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, until September 30,...

Debate on Border Security Threaten Federal Spending Bill, Risk of Partial Government Shutdown

Published: Mar 19, 2024
March 19, 2024 The United States Congress and The White House have until midnight this Friday, March 22, 2024, to pass a spending bill for approximately 70% of the federal government, or a partial government shutdown will be set to...

Adult Behavioral Health Services Need More Funding to Achieve Many More Inspiring Successes

Updated: Mar 14, 2024
March 14, 2024 Alice's metamorphosis happened with the help of NewBridge Services. After a three-month hospitalization in 2019, Alice began attending NewBridge Services' day treatment program. In addition to recovering from depression, which she has experienced since childhood, Alice ...

Join NJAMHAA in Honoring Impactful Providers and Leaders April 9, 2024

Published: Mar 14, 2024
March 14, 2024 NJAMHAA Is excited to present the following awards during the Annual Champions of Courage and Compassion Awards Reception. The ceremony will be held at the end of the first day of the Spring Conference, Advancing Opportunities, Improving Lives, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p....

New Jersey Issues First-of-its-Kind Report on COVID-19 Response

Published: Mar 14, 2024
March 14, 2024 On Monday, March 11, 2024, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released a more than 900-page independent report on the state's COVID-19 response, the first such report of its kind released by any state in the nation. As reported on governing.com, the report found that N...

NJAMHAA Delivers Testimony to Assembly Budget Committee

Published: Mar 13, 2024
On March 11, 2024, Mary Abrams, MPP, NJAMHAA's Sr. Health Policy Analyst, testified before the Assembly Budget Committee on the FY2025 Budget. Abrams spoke of the severe strain on the behavioral healthcare workforce as demand, acuity and waiting lists continue to grow. She spoke of the li...

President Biden Delivers His 2024 State of the Union Address

Published: Mar 11, 2024
March 11, 2024 President Joe Biden's recent State of the Union address lasted just over an hour and packed in highlights of both his Administration's achievements over the past three years and many proposals and requests to Congress to pass legislation. Importantly, after noting a han...

Evidence Abounds on the Effectiveness of Children and Youths' Behavioral Healthcare Services

Published: Mar 7, 2024
At 10 years old, Zhan was referred by an inpatient child psychiatric unit to CFG Health Network's A Step Ahead Elmer program. Although the treatment team was told that Zhan would most likely be residential bound when she finished the program, Zhan achieved a complete turnaround. ...
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