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NJAMHAA Applauds Continued Support to Fight Opioid Crisis in State Budget, Persists in Advocacy for More Funding for All Behavioral Health Services

Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO

 

The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) applauds the Administration and State Legislature for continuing the $100 million in funding to fight the opioid crisis. NJAMHAA also commends the state for continuing the rate increases for psychiatric diagnostic evaluations in outpatient mental health programs, which went into effect on April 1, 2019; continuing increased reimbursement for Care Management Organizations for the second consecutive year; and restoring the $59 million that had been diverted from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund last year.

As NJAMHAA celebrates these victories, we are steadfastly continuing our advocacy for additional funding that is needed for all substance use treatment and mental healthcare services, most notably, $25 million to support fee-for-service programs that have been struggling due to inadequate rates that have led to deficits; funding for bricks and mortar that is needed for our members to provide comprehensive, integrated care; and fiscal resources to support increased minimum wages for the direct care workers who provide mental health care and substance use treatment, as well as the salary increases that would become necessary for staff who earn more than the minimum wage.

 

    

 

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