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News Stories from 2017

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Controversial DMHAS Move Now Well Underway - Lilo H. Stainton for NJ Spotlight, October 20, 2017

Cumberland Health Providers, State Officials Talk Reorganization Plans - Nicole Leonard for the Press of Atlantic City, September 13, 2017

Sinead O'Connor Video Highlights Struggles of the Mentally Ill - Megan Burrow for the Daily Record, August 11, 2017

New Jersey Governor Announces Major Drug Department Overhaul - Michael Thrasher press release for TheNation.today, published on DigitalJournal.com, August 4, 2017

More NJ Residents Seeking Psychiatric Help, but Booking Appointments Not Easy - David Matthau for NJ 101.5, August 2, 2017

Why Senate Republicans Handed Trump a Huge Defeat on Obamacare Repeal, and What Happens Now - Johnathan D. Salant for NJ Advance Media, July 29, 2017

Mental Health Experts Say Not Right Now to Christie's Plan - Nicole Leonard for Press of Atlantic City, July 26, 2017

Legislature Hears Concerns over Christie’s Plan to Reorganize Mental Health Services - Briana Vannozzi for NJTV News, July 25, 2017

New Jersey Launches Fee-For-Service Mental Health For Remaining Programs - OPEN MINDS News Report, July 23, 2017 (paywall)

Helping Local Providers Better Integrate Physical, Behavioral Care - Lilo Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, July 20, 2017

Governor Proposes Reorganization of Mental Health Services for Better Integration of Care - Michael Hill for NJTV News, July 13, 2017

Advocates Concerned About Proposed Transfer of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Phil Gregory for WBGO, July 11, 2017

Christie Moves on Major Overhaul of Mental Health, Addiction Services - Susan Livio for the Star Ledger, July 11, 2017

Christie’s Summer Surprise: Move Mental Health Services to Different Division - Lilo H. Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, July 11, 2017

State Shifts to Fee for Service Reimbursements for Mental Health Providers - Michael Hill for NJTV, July 5, 2017

Christie Stays on Sideline as Health Care Overhaul Threatens Anti-Addiction Crusade - Chales Stile for The Record, June 28, 2017

N.J. Health Care Industry Reacts to Senate Bill - Anjalee Khemlani for NJBIZ.com, June 23, 2017

Local Mental, Behavioral Health Providers Last to Switch to Fee-for-Service Model - Nicole Leonard for the Press of Atlantic City, June 11, 2017

Two Years after Parents' Death, Son of A Beautiful Mind's John Nash Has One Regret - Susan Livio for the Star Ledger, June 11, 2017

Support Groups May Play Bigger Role in Mental Health - Jake Nisse for MyCentralJersey.com, June 3, 2017

N.J. Psych Hospital Board Has 'Grave' Concerns New Billing System Could Hurt Patients - Susan Livio for the Star Ledger, May 28, 2017

Crisis Looms with Mental Health Budget Cuts, Expert Says - David Benson for The Gazette, May 24, 2017

Fearing Massive Loss of Services, Coalition Calls on Christie to Halt Changes in Mental Health Funding - Mount Olive Chronicle, May 21, 2017

Mental Health Care Providers to Get Less; Cape Counseling Projects $1.1-Million Deficit - Al Campbell for the Cape May County Herald, May 15, 2017

Governor Signs Law Calling for Oversight of Mental Health Payment Reform - Lilo Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, May 11, 2017

WURD: Radio Interview on American Health Care Act - Mary Abrams, NJAMHAA Senior Health Policy Analyst, talks to Wake Up with WURD about the American Health Care Act

Mental Health in New Jersey: More Funding, Awareness Needed, Advocates Say - Jen Ursillo for nj1015.com, May 5, 2017

State Officials Report Fee-for-Service Transition Is Going Well - Lilo Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, May 3, 2017

Stitching up Temporary Safety-Net Funding for Behavioral-Health Providers - Lilo Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, May 1, 2017

Mental Health Patients Could Be Shut out of Services, Agencies Warn - Michael Symons for nj1015.com, May 1, 2017

Leaders Raise Concerns about Mental Health Funding Plan - Margaret McHugh for MyCentralJersey.com, April 24, 2017

Easing Interactions with Mentally Ill Individuals to Avoid Tragedies - Lilo Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, April 20, 2017

With New Jersey on the Verge of a Mental Health Crisis Non-Profit Community Mental Health Providers Form Coalition to Tackle State-Led Funding Cuts - Forked River Gazette, April 8, 2017

NewBridge ‘Race to Sustain Hope’ Gala to Raise Awareness About the Impact of NJ’s Change to Mental Health Funding - Margaret McHugh for TapInto East Hanover/Florham Park, April 4, 2017

NJ Adds 1,500 Beds to Community Programs for Mentally Ill Residents - Lilo Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, March 28, 2017

Early Intervention Could Help Psychiatric Patients Steer Clear of the ER - Lilo Stainton for NJSpotlight.com, March 21, 2017

Groups Raise Alarms about Trump during First NJ Budget Hearing - David Levinsky for the Burlington County Times, March 15, 2017

After Surgeon General’s Report, A Move Toward Better Treatment Options - TheFix.com, February 27, 2017

South Jersey Mental Health Agencies Face Budget Cuts - Kim Mulford for the Courier Post, February 22, 2017

New Law Aims to Stem Opioid Addiction Crisis - Briana Vannozzi for NJTV, February 16, 2017

Governor Gets His Addiction Law Just Five Weeks after Outlined in State of State - Lilo Stainton for NJ Spotlight, February 16, 2017

New Jersey Doubles Reimbursement Rate for Medicaid Drug Monitoring Program - Paul Gaita for TheFix.com, February 13, 2017

State Doubles Rate It Will Pay for Medication Management, Key Drug Addiction Service - Lilo Stainton for NJ Spotlight, February 6, 2017

Christie Calls for Expansion to Addiction Recovery - Erin Delmore for NJTV, February 1, 2017

Christie to Add Nearly 900 Beds in N.J. to Treat Drug Addiction, Mental Illness - Susan Livio for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, February 1, 2017

Praise and Criticism for Christie's Addiction Treatment Plan - Michael Hill for NJTV, January 11, 2017

Christie Dedicates Last Year as Governor to Tackling "Crisis of Drug Addiction" - Matt Arco for NJ Advance Media, published on NJ.com, January 10, 2017

 

Opinion Editorials

 

In Praise of Gov. Christie’s Opioid Initiatives - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for Return on Information-New Jersey, September 25, 2017

Upcoming Movie about Suicide Should Be Canceled - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA Vice President for Public Affairs and Member Services Shauna Moses, published in the Asbury Park PressAugust 25, 2017

Reorganization of Mental Health and Addiction Services Needed - Opinion editorial by Robert Budsock, President and CEO of NJAMHAA member agency Integrity House, for the Daily Record, August 8, 2017

NJ's Congressmen Should Reject Medicare GOP Interference - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA Senior Health Policy Analyst Mary Abrams for the Star Ledger, July 12, 2017

Safety Net Funding for Mental Health Services Remains Imperative - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for the Star Ledger, June 23, 2017

Who Trusts Christie Not to Scrimp on the Mentally Ill? - Opinion editorial by the Star Ledger Editorial Board, June 11, 2017

NJ Must Add Financial Safeguards to New Mental Health Funding Model - Opinion editorial by Robert Parker, CEO of NJAMHAA member agency NewBridge Services, for NJSpotlight.com, May 25, 2017

I Survived a Suicide Attempt. Here's How You Can Help Someone Thinking about It - Opinion editorial by Shauna Moses, NJAMHAA Vice President for Public Affairs and Member Services, for the Star Ledger, May 19, 2017

Mental health funding changes put us at risk - Opinion editorial by Theresa Wilson, President and CEO of NJAMHAA member agency South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, Inc., for the Courier Post, May 19, 2017

New Funding Formula for Mental Health Care Would Bring Calamities - Opinion editorial by Greg Speed, CEO of NJAMHAA member agency Cape Counseling Services, for the Press of Atlantic City, April 28, 2017

GOP Health Care Plan Throws N.J.'s Vulnerable into the Streets -  Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for the Star Ledger, April 24, 2017

Fight Cuts to Obamacare Repeal Bill - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., for the Asbury Park Press, April 10, 2017

This Vital N.J. Group Needs More than a Lifeline - Opinion editorial by the Times of Trenton editorial board, April 6, 2017

New Jersey Leaders Need to Help Those with a Mental Illness - Opinion editorial by the Times of Trenton editorial board, March 27, 2017

Repealing Affordable Care, Medicaid Could Devastate Drug Treatment in N.J. - Opinion editorial by NJAMHAA Board Member Robert Budsock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrity House, for the Times of Trenton, March 5, 2017

 

Letters to the Editor

 

Fee-for-Service Could Cut Mental Health Services - Letter to the Editor by NJAMHAA Board Member Greg Speed, President and CEO of NJAMHAA member agency Cape Counseling Services, for the Press of Atlantic City, June 21, 2017

A Call to Action on Mental Health Funding - Letter to the Editor by Robert Parker, CEO of NJAMHAA member agency NewBridge Services, for the Courier News and Home Tribune, May 31, 2017

Funding for Morris's Mental Health System - Letter to the Editor by Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, 25th Legislative District, published in The Record on January 27, 2017

 

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