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House Passes Third Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Funded through March 11th

Published: Feb 10, 2022
February 10, 2022 On Monday, February 7, House Democrats introduced and the House of Representatives voted to pass a third consecutive continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through March 11, and to give Congress more time to complete a fiscal year 2022 omnibus spend...

Telemedicine Is Helping to Eliminate Racial Health Gaps

Published: Feb 8, 2022
February 8, 2022 A new study from the University of Pennsylvania, Association of Telemedicine with Primary Care Appointment Ac...

Bills Requiring Mental Health Programs at Colleges/Universities Moves through

Published: Feb 7, 2022
A1176/S503, which requires institutions of higher education to implement suicide prevention programs and raise awareness of mental health services, was introduced in the State Legislature on January 31, 2022. It has moved through the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and has been ref...

Experts Cautiously Optimistic about the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Path

Published: Feb 1, 2022
February 1, 2022 Dr. Aaron Glatt, a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Chair of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau on Long Island, is among those who believe, at least for the New Jersey and New York metro region, that there will be a return to a relative s...

DHS Rule Modifications Extend COVID Waivers

Published: Jan 31, 2022
January 31, 2022 ...

Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Treasury Release 2022 MHPAEA Report to Congress

Published: Jan 27, 2022
January 27, 2022 The United States Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of the Treasury have released the 2022 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) report, Rea...

NIH-Supported Study Finds Links to Better Mental Health among Youth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Jan 25, 2022
January 25, 2022 A study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that supportive relationships ...

Funding Cut from Excluded New Jerseyans Fund

Updated: Jan 24, 2022
January 24, 2022 The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF), as described on, "provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal ...

Executive Order Requires Stricter Vaccine Requirements, Raises Concerns about Healthcare Workforce

Published: Jan 19, 2022
Jan. 19, 2022 Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy issued a new Executive Order (#283) that requires all staff in health care and high-risk congregate settings (e.g., prisons, nursing homes, other long-term care centers) to be fully...

Final Day of New Jersey Legislative Session Sees Emergency Powers, Tax Breaks, and Others on Agenda

Updated: Jan 11, 2022
January 10, 2022, was the final day of the current state Legislative Session, which means that any bill that fails to make it through both chambers by the end of the day will need to be reintroduced in the next legislative ...

Absent Legislation, Old Rules for Virtual Addiction Treatment May Return, Making Access Harder

Published: Jan 3, 2022
In the midst of the pandemic, there was much easing of regulations around telehealth services. In the case of virtual addiction treatment, the temporary telehealth expansions not only helped patients work around the pandemic lockdown, but also eliminated some common barriers to care that ...

Congress’ Priorities Include Build Back Better Act, Expanding Mental Health Access

Updated: Dec 28, 2021
December 28, 2021 "Democrats are hoping to pass President Joe Biden's $1.7 trillion social spending agenda after setbacks in December pushed negotiations into 2022. Lawmakers are also expected to turn their focus to issues such as telehealth and mental health, which have broad support...
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