News from 2016

News Stories from 2016

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Self-Care Is Critical in This Stressful Time of Year - L.A. Parker for The Trentonian, November 23, 2016

Shorter Days Leave You ‘SAD’? You Could Have Seasonal Affective Disorder - David Mathau for NJ 101.5, November 23, 2016

Lawmakers OK Scrutiny of Christie Administration's New Mental Health Payment System - Susan K. Livio for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, November 15, 2016

Advocates Fear Payment Reform Will Unravel Psychiatric Safety Net - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, November 15, 2016

Demarest Woman Joins Fight to Save Mental Health Funding - Lorraine Ash for the Paramus Daily Voice, October 20, 2016

Health Care Changes Could Impact Mental Health Services - Brianna Vannozzi for NJTV, October 19, 2016

Advocates Say New Mental Health Funding Plan Would Slash Services - Mary Jo Layton for The Record, October 19, 2016 

Health Care Providers Discuss Mental Illness, Addiction - Shanee Frazier for Essex News Daily, October 14, 2016

NJTV Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum, October 6, 2016 (video)

Concerns Continue to Grow Over State's Medicaid Payment Reform - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, September 22, 2016

Paramus Mental Health Agency Sounds Alarm On Funding - Lorraine Ash for Paramus Daily Voice, September 16, 2016

New Jersey Providers Bracing for Payment Model Change Fear Staff, Service Reductions (paywall) - Valerie A. Canady for Mental Health Weekly, September 15, 2016 

A Mental Health System in Transition - Greg Speed, CEO of NJAMHAA member agency Cape Counseling, for Cape Counseling Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter Cape Connections (cover story)

New Jersey Moves to Medicaid Fee-For-Service Payment Model - NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., discusses the fee-for-service transition with NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams (video and transcript), September 5, 2016

Why N.J. Mental Health Services Are at Risk, Even with the State Paying More - Susan K. Livio for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, August 16, 2016

Mental Health, Addiction Agencies Facing Problems with New Billing Reforms - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, August 4, 2016 

Tuition Plan Should Help Bring Psychiatrists to Underserved Areas - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, June 10, 2016

Medicaid Reimbursement Rates Still in Flux for Behavioral Health Services - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, June 6, 2016

State Delays Move to New Medicaid Payment Model for Mental Health Services - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, May 17, 2016

Advocates for Addicts, Mentally Ill Still Worried about New Medicaid Rates - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, May 4, 2016

Morris County Government and Social Services Leaders Concerned about State Funding Overhaul for Behavioral Health Care - Press release from the Morris County government, April 29, 2016

Medicaid Rate Changes Could Leave Addicts, Mentally Ill without Consistent Care - Lilo H. Stanton for NJ Spotlight, April 29, 2016

Christie Expands Supportive Housing for N.J. Addicts - Claude Brodesser-Akner for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, April 8, 2016

Lance Comes to N.J. to Promote Mental Health Care Bill - Craig Turpin for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, April 5, 2016

Christie Wants to Expand N.J. Housing Assistance Program - Matt Arco for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, March 30, 2016

Non-Profits Ask for Better Pay for Employees at Public Hearing for Proposed N.J. Budget - John C. Ensslin for The Record, March 15, 2016

N.J. Lawmaker Seeks $500M to Treat Heroin and Opiod Addicts - Jonathan D. Salant for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, January 22, 2016

Christie Drug Treatment Ideas Called 'Work in Progress' - Maddie Hanna for the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 15, 2016

Governor Lays Out Plan for Combating Drug Addiction and Reducing Overdoses - Andrew Kitchenman for NJ Spotlight, January 13, 2016

 

Opinion Editorials

New Jersey's Mental Illness Public Funding Shift Will Neglect Most Vulnerable - Opinion editorial by Robert N. Davison, Executive Director of NJAMHAA member agency the Mental Health Association of Essex County, for the Star Ledger, December 12, 2016

Postpone Mental-Health Funding Reform - The editorial board of the Asbury Park Press, December 6, 2016

Is Funding System for Mental Health Services Broken? - The editorial board of the Asbury Park Press asked National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey associate director Phil Lubitz, and NJAMHAA member agency NewBridge Services, Inc. chief executive officer Robert L. Parker, about funding for New Jersey's mental health system, December 3, 2016

Surgeon General’s Report on Substance Use Offers Hope - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for the Asbury Park Press, November 21, 2016

Is There a Fix for Addiction Problem? - The editorial board of the Asbury Park Press asked NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., about the opioid addiction crisis, October 30, 2016

N.J.'s Fee-for-Service Funding Could Unravel State's Mental Health System - Opinion editorial by Robert L. Parker, CEO of NJAMHAA member agency NewBridge Services, Inc., for the Star Ledger, October 25, 2016

Safety Net Rips - Opinion editorial in The Record, October 21, 2016

Mental Health Providers Seek Safety Net - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for the Courier-Post, September 30, 2016

Give Mental-Health Agencies Time to Adapt to New Funding - Opinion editorial by Robert L. Parker, CEO of NJAMHAA member agency NewBridge Services, Inc., for the Daily Record, April 17, 2016

Changes Threaten Mental Health Programs - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for the Daily Record, April 13, 2016

Christie's Proposal Breaks Down the Barriers for Addicts Seeking Treatment - Opinion editorial by Robert Budsock, NJAMHAA Board Member and President and CEO of Integrity House, for the Star Ledger, January 13, 2016

Don’t Let Congress Alter Medicare Part D Benefit - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., published in the Asbury Park Press on January 6, 2016

 

Letters to the Editor

Be Wary of Changes in Mental-Health Funding - Letter to the editor by NJAMHAA member agency South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources Inc. Director of Billing Services Michele Rowe, published in Gannett Media publications, December 9, 2016 

State Needs Quick Mental-Health Funding Fix - Letter to the editor by NJAMHAA member agency NewBridge Services Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Parker, published on November 6-7, 2016 in the Record, Courier News, and Home News Tribune

More N.J. Aid Needed for Mental-Health Patients - Letter to the Editor by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, July 26, 2016

Quality Service Has a Cost  - Letter to the Editor by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for The Record, June 1, 2016

Community-Based Mental Health Programs at Risk - Letter to the Editor by NJAMHAA Board Member Greg Speed, CEO and President of Cape Counseling Services, for Cape May County Herald, May 25, 2016

 

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