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NJAMHAA Pres./CEO Hails FY23 Budget for Ability to Increase Quality of Life for Diverse Communities

Published: Jul 19, 2022
July 19, 2022 On June 30, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Act into law, amounting to a $50.6 billion budget for the state for Fiscal Year 2023. As quoted on insider...

National 988 Crisis Line Goes Live, NJ Works toward a Comprehensive 988 Crisis Response System

Published: Jul 18, 2022
July 18, 2022 Beginning Saturday, July 16th, everyone across the country, regardless of where they are located, will be able to simply dial three numbers, 988, to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline), previously ...

Study Suggests Expansion of Take-Home Methadone Did Not Contribute to Methadone-Involved Overdoses

Published: Jul 14, 2022
July 14, 2022 In March of 2020, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) allowed states to request blanket exceptions to be able to provide up to 28 and 14 days of take-home methadone for stable and less-stable patients, respectively. This move aimed to f...

State Budget and Introduced Legislation Aim to Expand and Strengthen Behavioral Healthcare Workforce

Published: Jul 12, 2022
July 12, 2022 "Legislators looking to add more mental health professionals statewide have allocated a combined $9.62 million in the new state budget to expand training programs to meet the demand," as reported in NJ Spotl...

Sen. Booker and colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Remove Cannabis’ Schedule I Classification

Published: Jul 11, 2022
July 11, 2022 On July 6th, six U.S. Senators issued a letter addressed to President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Xavier Becerra, urging them to remove cannabis' classifi...

Medicaid Beneficiary Resource Limits to Return Following End of PHE

Published: Jul 7, 2022
July 7, 2022 Currently, the federal public health emergency (PHE), which began in March of 2020, is still in effect. With the PHE comes additional flexibilities relating to Medicaid beneficiaries' monetary resources and their eligibility for Medicaid. During the PHE, no Medicaid benef...

New Jersey Prepares to Receive Opioid Settlement Funds this Month

Published: Jul 6, 2022
July 6, 2022 New Jersey is preparing to receive its share of the $26 billion federal opioid settlement that was announced in March of this year. Of the $26 billion settlement, New Jersey is set to receive $641 million in...

NJ DHS Announces Plans to Provide Free Naloxone for 2022

Published: Jul 5, 2022
July 5, 2022 The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced plans to provide organizations access to free naloxone for 2022 through the DHS Naloxone Distribution Program. This year, DHS, through a new partnership, will be able to deliver naloxone kits directly to Ne...

NJAMHAA's Advocacy Results in Many FY2023 Budget Bill and other Legislative Wins

Updated: Jun 30, 2022
June 30, 2022 New Jersey's Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and General Assembly Budget Committee voted yesterday on a $50.6 billion FY2023 budget bill, a record high and well above Governor Murphy's proposed $48.9 billion budget. Floor votes in both houses were to take plac...

Rutgers Announces Future of Work Initiative Piloting Flexible Work Arrangements

Published: Jun 28, 2022
June 28, 2022 Last week, Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway announced the Rutgers Future of Work initiative, allowing for employees to utilize flexible work arrangements for a year-long pilot program, beginning on September 1, 2022. The announcement comes a year after Ho...

Bipartisan Group of Senators Releases “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” Gun Bill Text

Published: Jun 23, 2022
June 23, 2022 A bipartisan group of Senators released on Tuesday the text of a bill to combat gun violence, the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act". The legislation would include state funding to implement "red flag" laws and enhanced background checks. The Senate voted in favor of...

Temporary CADC Certification and Emergency Licensure Graduate Programs Are in Force Indefinitely

Published: Jun 21, 2022
June 21, 2022 NJAMHAA received confirmation from the Governor's Counsel that Executive Order (EO) 292 issued in April 2022, which extended all Administrative Orders, Directives and Waivers listed in the Appendix to EO 281, supersedes the expiration dates specified in statute (P....
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