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The U.S. Surgeon General Publishes Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Wellbeing

Published: Oct 24, 2022
October 24, 2022 On October 20, 2022, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released The U.S. Surgeon General's Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Well-Being, which offers a foundation that workplaces can build upon to show workers that they matter, that their work matters...

NJ DHS Announces Budget Listening Session, Nov. 3, 2022

Published: Oct 20, 2022
October 20, 2022 Session at 1:00 p.m. on November 3rd to hear from advocates on budget priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2024 (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024). This is an opportunity to shape DHS' own input for the budget that Governor Phil Murphy will propose next March for FY20...

Study Finds Racial Gaps in Mental Health Care Developing in NJ Schools

Published: Oct 18, 2022
October 18, 2022 A report from New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) has found that while access to mental health staff for White and Asian Students has increased since 2008, it has actually decreased for Black and Hispanic students in New Jersey over the same time. The report looked...

HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency through at least January 2023

Published: Oct 17, 2022
October 17, 2022 Yesterday, on October 13, 2022, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Xavier Becerra, renewed the determination of a Public Health Emergency (PHE) as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PHE, under this curre...

DOD Calls Mental Health and Suicide Prevention a “Key Priority” amid Rising Suicide Rates

Published: Oct 13, 2022
October 13, 2022 In March of 2022, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III established the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee (SPRIRC), intended to review the military's mental health and suicide preventi...

Americans Leaving Jobs in Favor of New Opportunities Reaches 30-Year High

Published: Oct 11, 2022
October 11, 2022 According to the Employment Situation Summary published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on October 7, 2022, the number of Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs and immediately seeking new employment has reached its highest level since 1990. According to...

Federal Court Rules against DACA, Retains Protection for Current Enrollees

Published: Oct 10, 2022
October 10, 2022 On Wednesday, a Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans ruled against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy enacted under President Obama that protected undocumented people brought to the U.S. at a ...

House Passes Mental Health Matters Act

Published: Oct 6, 2022
October 6, 2022 Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.7780, the Mental Health Matters Act. The legislation would require certain federal actions to increase mental and behavioral health care. Among other provisions, the bill would create various grants to increase th...

October 2nd – 8th Proclaimed as Mental Illness Awareness Week in New Jersey

Published: Oct 4, 2022
October 4, 2022 Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation declaring this week, October 2 through October 8, 2022, as Mental Illness Awareness Week in New Jersey. The proclamation highlighted a number of challenges relating to mental illness that New Jersey is facing, as we...

House Passes Bill to Strengthen Mental Health Parity Protections for Workers

Published: Oct 3, 2022
October 3, 2022 The House pass the Mental Health Matters Act (H.R.7780), which would hold employer-based health plans more accountable for improper denials of mental health and substance use benefits. The legislation also "would give the Department of Labor to enforce plan requirement...

Biden Administration Awards More than $1.6B for Communities Addressing Addiction, Overdose Crisis

Published: Sep 29, 2022
September 29, 2022 The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced last week that more than $1.6 ...

CMS Makes Public Additional Medicare-Certified Nursing Home Ownership Data

Published: Sep 27, 2022
September 27, 2022 On September 26, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced it is making additional data publicly available that will provide more information about the ownership of all Medic...
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