NJAMHAA Highlights Numerous Advocacy Successes and National Recognition in Annual Report

June 18, 2020

NJAMHAA's advocacy on behalf of mental healthcare and substance use treatment providers has been and continues to be extremely effective on the state and federal levels. For example, advocacy recently led to the state's increased reimbursement rate for long-term residential substance use disorder treatment services, which went into effect on June 1, 2020, despite budgetary challenges; the federal government's extension and expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics; and relaxation of the state and federal governments' telehealth regulations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many more examples of our impactful advocacy are highlighted in NJAMHAA's FY2020 Annual Report: A Year Like No Other, which details how NJAMHAA is continually reinforcing New Jersey's mental healthcare and substance use treatment system.

Further testament to the impact of NJAMHAA's advocacy is the association's being selected to receive the prestigious Advocacy Leadership Award for Organizational Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Click here for details on the National Council's website.

NJAMHAA celebrated its achievements and members' significant contributions during its Annual Membership Meeting on June 17, 2020.

The following Awards of Distinction were presented:
* Unparalleled Leadership in Times of Crisis Award, presented to Bob Budsock, MS, LCADC, FY2020 NJAMHAA Board Chair and President and CEO of Integrity House
* Lifetime Achievement Award in Hospital-based Services presented to Jim McCreath, PhD, LCSW, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Trinitas Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Health, and former NJAMHAA Board member
* Lifetime Achievement Award in Community-based Services presented to Mike Armstrong, MA, MBA, former Chief Executive Officer of Community Hope and former NJAMHAA Board President
* Employee of the Year, presented to June Noto, Vice President of Information Technology (IT), Human Resources and Administrative Services, NJAMHAA

In addition, numerous members were recognized for their contributions to NJAMHAA and its advocacy. Click here for details.

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