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NJAMHAA Applauds Gov. Murphy’s Commitment to Fight the Opioid Crisis, Shares Recommendation regarding Minimum Wage Increase

 

 

January 16, 2019

 

Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy delivered his first State of the State address, highlighting his successful initiatives and ongoing commitment to address the opioid crisis, legalize adult-use marijuana and increase the minimum wage.

“We appreciate the Administration’s commitment to addressing the opioid crisis, which has reached an extremely traumatic level with more than 3,000 deaths in our state in 2018 alone. We look forward to working with the Governor’s office, the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to ensure that individuals with opioid use disorders, as well as other addictions, promptly receive the treatment they need,” said Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA).

Concerning the ongoing efforts to increase the minimum wage, Dr. Wentz said, “NJAMHAA supports the goal of ensuring livable wages for all residents. The Administration must match all increases to the minimum wage with increased funding for providers of services for individuals with mental illnesses, substance use disorders and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities to ensure they can afford to pay competitive wages to all of their employees. This is necessary to ensure that they can continue to provide their invaluable services to children and adults throughout New Jersey.”

“We are eager to work with Gov. Murphy and the entire Administration to combat the opioid crisis and achieve many other goals to improve quality of life for all New Jersey residents,” Dr. Wentz said.

 

 

    

 

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