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HHS Will Continue to Fight for Telehealth after Public Health Emergency Ends

Published: Mar 22, 2022
March 22, 2022 Many telehealth flexibilities are tied to the national public health emergency designation, which the U.S. is currently under and which is set to expire on April 16, unless renewed by President Joe Biden. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Be...

Stealth Omicron Subvariant to Become Dominant Strain; Experts Are Not Overly Concerned

Published: Mar 21, 2022
March 21, 2022 The COVID-19 Omicron strain subvariant, BA.2, known as stealth Omicron, is on track to overtake the original Omicron variant as the dominant strain in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BA.2 currently accounts for 39% of all...

SAMHSA Announces Funding for Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Programs

Updated: Mar 17, 2022
March 17, 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has announced new funding for substance use treatment and prevention programs. The funding will come through two grant programs, totaling $...

Assemblyman Greenwald and Others Introduce Legislative Package Investing in Behavioral Health

Published: Mar 15, 2022
March 15, 2022 A Legislative Package of six bills was introduced on Thursday, March 10, 2022 by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden, Burlington), along with a number of his fellow Assembly members, that aims to more comprehensively meet the mental healthcare needs of New Jersey resi...

$641M of Opioid Settlement Funds to Be Allocated for Treatment, Harm Reduction, Prevention Services

Published: Mar 14, 2022
March 14, 2022 Governor Phil Murphy announced today that New Jersey will receive $641 million in the massive $26 billion opioid manufacturer and distributer settlement that was recently finalized. He also announced that the funds will be allocated over the next 16 years to confront...

HHS Announces Nearly $35 M in Funding Opportunities to Strengthen Youth Mental Health Supports

Published: Mar 10, 2022
March 10, 2022 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the ...

NJAMHAA Receives NAADAC Approval as an Education Provider

Updated: Mar 9, 2022
March 9, 2022 NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, has approved NJAMHAA as an education provider. This status identifies NJAMHAA's "program as meeting nationally approved standards of education developed for the ...

White House Seeks Congressional Approval for Further COVID-19 Funds

Published: Mar 8, 2022
March 8, 2022 Funding for federal COVID-19 programs has almost run out nearly a year after the passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Programs that bolster COVID-19 testing supplies, guarantee uninsured Americans COVID-19 treatment, purchase antibody treatments and prevent...

DMAHS Posts 1115 Waiver Renewal Application

Published: Mar 7, 2022
March 7, 2022 The New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) has posted the 1115 Waiver Demonstration renewal application that they recently submitted to the Centers for Medicare ...

Pres. Biden Presents Historic Plans to Address the National Mental Health and Addictions Crises

Published: Mar 3, 2022
March 3, 2022 President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union Address yesterday. In a statement released last night after the President's speech, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies' (NJAMHAA's) President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D, thank...

As Eviction Moratoriums End, Assistance Programs Are Still Available

Published: Mar 1, 2022
March 1, 2022 Moratoriums in New Jersey enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as those that prevented evictions and utility companies from shutting off electric, gas, and water services, have either already ended or will be ending soon. However, there is still a litany of assista...

Providers, Advocates Push for Higher Reimbursement Rates in Federal Legislation

Published: Feb 28, 2022
February 28, 2022 Lawmakers are considering legislation that would aim to address the gaps in the behavioral healthcare system. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, was quoted on modernhealthcare.com saying, "Our mental hea...
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