Annual Membership Meeting Highlights NJAMHAA’s FY2021 Achievements, Honors Leaders
During NJAMHAA’s Annual Membership Meeting on June 16, 2021, Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO, shared highlights of NJAMHAA’s advocacy successes from throughout the year and presented awards to behavioral health champions and leaders.
Highlights of NJAMHAA’s Advocacy Achievements
“Celebrating NJAMHAA’s 70th anniversary milestone and seven decades of major achievements and our effective advocacy on the state and federal levels – just as we began to emerge from the pandemic – defined NJAMHAA’s focus this past year and reflects the hallmark of our success,” Dr. Wentz said.
Dr. Wentz shared highlights of NJAMHAA’s effective advocacy from throughout the fiscal year, which included:
* An increase in the reimbursement rate for long-term residential substance use treatment services
* Restoration of funding for the School Based Youth Services Program
* Additional increased investments in the Revised FY2021 State Budget and proposed for FY2022
* Introduction of state and federal legislation addressing issues including telehealth and the need for increased funding and access, and passage of several of these bills
Click here to read details on these achievements and much more in NJAMHAA’s FY2021 Annual Report, From Pandemic to Possibilities.
Congratulations, Award Recipients!
* Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and National Association for Rural Mental Health, Lifetime Achievement for Driving Change in Behavioral Health Care Award
* The Honorable Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37th District), Outstanding Lifetime Leadership in the State Legislature Award
* The Honorable Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11th District), State Legislator of the Year Award
* Susan Loughery, MBA, NJAMHAA Board Chair, Outstanding NJAMHAA Leadership Award
* Steve Tunney, RN, MSN, Director, Behavioral Health, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, State Partner Award
* Phil Lubitz, MSW, Associate Director, NAMI-NJ, Outstanding Leadership in Family Advocacy Award
* The Honorable Christine Norbut Beyer, MSW, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families, Outstanding Leadership for Children’s Behavioral Health Award
* NJAMHAA Staff, Star Team Award
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