NJAMHAA Testifies to DHS on FY2021 Budget 


December 6, 2019

Earlier this week, Mary Abrams, NJAMHAA Sr. Policy Analyst, testified before Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Carole Johnson and her leadership team at DHS' budget listening session, which provides the opportunity for advocates, providers, family members and any member of the public to share their funding priorities for the Department's fiscal year 2021 budget (begins 7/1/2020). In its oral testimony,  NJAMHAA highlighted the need for:
• Rates that cover the actual costs of providing services
• Increases to be able to better recruit and retain a qualified workforce and avoid wage compression in light of minimum wage increases
• Capital funding to support integrated care and electronic health record systems
• Fee-for-service supplemental funding to fill deficits while rates are studied
• Inflationary indexing of rates going forward.

NJAMHAA's written testimony provided more background as well as additional priorities, including finalizing work with the Department of Children and Families to increase the children's psychiatric assessment rate and establishing and funding a sustainability plan for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.




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