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New Jersey Must Invest to Meet the State’s Increased Behavioral Health Care Needs

Published: Jan 31, 2024
January 31, 2024 "While advances in vaccines and treatment have reduced the death toll from COVID and people have gone back to offices, family gatherings and public events, one thing has not changed - the pandemic's impact on the mental health of New Jersey's youth and adults. As indi...

NJAMHAA VP Shares her Suicide Survival to Help Others, Reinforces Need for Increased Funding

Published: Jan 31, 2024
January 31, 2024 Shauna Moses, NJAMHAA's Vice President, Public Affairs and Member Services, shares her stories as a survivor of suicide with the goal of encouraging others to open up about their struggles, seek help and choose life. "There are so many success stories out there. How...

SAMHSA Releases Updated Overdose Prevention and Response Toolkit

Published: Jan 30, 2024
January 30, 2024 On January 29, 2024, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is observing its 20th Annual Prevention Day, for which a national gathering was held at th...

CMS Announces New Model to Advance Integration in Behavioral Health

Published: Jan 22, 2024
January 22, 2024 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently hosted a behavioral health stakeholder call during which a new behavioral health care model, Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH), was announced. As stated in CMS' IBH fact sheet, "IBH aims to impro...

Congress Prepares to Pass Continuing Resolution, Averting Partial Government Shutdown

Published: Jan 17, 2024
January 17, 2024 On Sunday, January 14, 2024, Congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached that would avert a partial government shutdown that was set to begin on January 19, 2024. Two months ago, on November 16, 2023, President Biden signed into law a two-tier...

NJAMHAA Highlights Need for Increased Funding of the Workforce and Services

Updated: Jan 16, 2024
January 16, 2024 Everyone in New Jersey's Diverse Community Is Worthy of Full Investment in the Behavioral Healthcare System According to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration November 2023 report, 48.7 million Americans (17.3%) aged 12 or older had a substan...

HHS Launches New Medicaid/CHIP Resource Hub with Renewal and Transition Resources

Published: Jan 16, 2024
January 16, 2024 The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of a new, online and user-friendly hub for partners to access critical Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) renewal and transition resources. This hub pulls toget...

New State Law Authorizes Network Pharmacies to Offer Lower-Cost Prescription Drug Options

Published: Jan 12, 2024
January 12, 2024 Governor Phil Murphy signed S3604 into law as P.L.2023, c.221., which authorizes the use of healthcare platforms providing discounted prices for payment of prescription and non-prescription drugs, devices, and telehealth and telemedicine services. This law prohib...

DHS Announces Enhancements to Adult I/DD Emergency Services Programs

Published: Jan 9, 2024
January 9, 2024 Last week, January 5, 2024, Sarah Adelman, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), announced significant enhancements to the statewide emergency services programs aiding adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As s...

Congress Works toward Preventing a Government Shutdown

Published: Jan 8, 2024
January 8, 2024 The United States Senate and House of Representatives are scheduled to return in full on January 9, 2024, after their holiday recess, leaving just 10 days from that point to pass legislation and prevent a government shutdown. On November 16, 2023, President Joe Biden...

HHS Secretary Renews Determination of Opioid Public Health Emergency

Published: Jan 4, 2024
January 4, 2024 On December 21, 2023, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the determination that an opioid public health emergency exists nationwide. The determination was reached "as a result of the continued consequences o...

Mental Health Tips Especially Valuable as Employee Wellbeing Reaches 12-Year Low

Published: Jan 3, 2024
January 3, 2024 Associated Press published an article on Dec. 28th with statistics on declining levels of wellness, both physical and mental, among employees and recommendations for employers. Some of the striking research findings presented in this article are: "50% of workers repo...

Bill Calling for Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Exemption to Be Voted on January 4, 2024

Published: Jan 2, 2024
January 2, 2024 A bill that exempts certain nonprofits that offer social services from motor vehicle registration fees is scheduled for a vote at both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting on January 4, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. in the State House Annex, Committee Room 4, 1st...

Open Enrollment through Get Covered New Jersey Ends December 31st

Published: Dec 28, 2023
December 28, 2023 The annual Open Enrollment Period for Get Covered New Jersey (GetCovered.nj.gov), the state's Official Health Insurance Marketplace, will end on December 31, 2023. New Jersey residents who do not have health coverage through employers or other programs, such as Med...

Holiday Blues Could Be Exacerbated by International Conflicts, Underscore Importance of Self-Care

Published: Dec 27, 2023
December 27, 2023 While the holiday season is a joyful time for many people, this is unfortunately not the case for other individuals, especially those who have friends and relatives in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza and, therefore, are worried about their safety or have lost loved ones dur...
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