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NJAMHAA Honors State and Federal Leaders for Supporting Behavioral Health Care

Updated: Apr 4, 2022
March 31, 2022 The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) will honor Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who also serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal (D-11th District) and U.S. Cong...

NJAMHAA Honors State, Federal Leaders, Statehouse Reporter for Supporting Behavioral Health Care

Updated: Mar 23, 2022
March 23, 2022 Awards to Be Presented during the Spring Conference, Nurturing Diverse Communities, April 5th at Noon The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) will honor Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who also serves as Commissioner ...

NJAMHAA Testifies before New Jersey General Assembly Budget Committee

Published: Mar 22, 2022
March 22, 2022 On March 21, 2022, Debra Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA), testified before the New Jersey General Assembly Budget Committee. Dr. Wentz's oral testimony focused on the critical status of the ...

Diverse Individuals Share Positive Impact of Behavioral Healthcare Services

Published: Mar 14, 2022
March 14, 2022 NJAMHAA Calls for More Funding to Create New Opportunities for All New Jersey Residents "I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia…everything shut down for me. With [everyone at] Oaks Integrated Care, I was able to get back to living a normal life…[Now] I feel I...

Several NJAMHAA Priorities Addressed in Governor Murphy’s Budget Address

Published: Mar 8, 2022
March 8, 2022 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO While Governor Murphy only briefly touched on mental health and substance use treatment investments in statements during his budget address today, digging deeper into the State of New Jersey Budget in Brief Summar...

President Biden’s State of the Union Address Focuses on the National Mental Health Crisis

Published: Mar 3, 2022
March 2, 2022 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO, NJAMHAA On behalf of the members of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) and those they serve, I thank President Biden profusely for highlighting our nation's mental health c...

Behavioral Health Services Empower Diverse Individuals to Achieve Many Successes

Published: Feb 16, 2022
February 16, 2022 NJAMHAA Shares Inspiring Examples, Calls for More Funding to Create More Opportunities As Black History Month highlights the meaningful accomplishments of many individuals, often overcoming great adversity, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction ...

Holiday Blues Could Be Worsened by Ongoing Pandemic and Last into the New Year

Updated: Dec 28, 2021
December 21, 2021 While the holiday season is a joyful time for many people, especially for those who are able to reunite with friends and family after long separations due to the pandemic, this is unfortunately not the case for many other individuals. Traveling to see loved ones is s...

All of New Jersey’s Diverse Residents Need Behavioral Health Care to Thrive

Updated: Dec 28, 2021
Children and adults throughout New Jersey represent every ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender identity and religion, and many of them have mental health and/or substance use disorders (SUD). However, many do not have access to community-based services that have been proven to be hi...

Devastation from Haiti Earthquake, Torrential Rain, other Tragedies Raise Concerns for Citizens’

Updated: Aug 18, 2021
Just a few weeks after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, the citizens of Haiti are facing much more devastation from an earthquake that claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 individuals, seriously injured at least 5,700 people and left thousands more displaced due to total destru...

Amidst Growing Demand for Services & Hiring Crisis, Social Workers Face Backlog in Getting Licensed

Published: Jul 13, 2021
Across New Jersey, a mental health crisis is brewing with potentially dire consequences. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for mental health services has increased exponentially. While providers of mental health services are working tirelessly to support community members ...

Assassination of Haiti President Will Exacerbate Mental Health Challenges in Long-Struggling Country

Published: Jul 9, 2021
Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO On behalf of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, I extend deepest condolences to the family of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, who was assassinated early yesterday morning, and send warmest wishes to ...
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