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HHS Finalizes New Provisions to Enhance Integrated Care, Confidentiality for Patients with SUD

Published: Feb 12, 2024
February 12, 2024 On February 8, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), finalized modifications to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder...

New Jersey to Receive Nearly $9.5 Million from an Opioid Settlement with Publicis Health, LLC

Published: Feb 8, 2024
February 8, 2024 On Friday, February 2, 2024 New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced that New Jersey will receive nearly $9.5 million from a national settlement with Publicis Health, LLC (Publicis) to resolve investigations into the global marketing and communications...

New Jersey’s Naloxone 365 Program Distributes More than 132,000 Doses of Naloxone in its First Year

Published: Feb 6, 2024
February 6, 2024 New Jersey's Naloxone 365 program, announced in 2022 and launched in January of 2023, aims to reduce fatal overdoses by offering naloxone, an opioid reversal drug, to individuals aged 14 and older. ...

For Black History Month, Columbia U. Highlights the Struggle for Mental Health Equity and Justice

Published: Feb 5, 2024
Feb. 5, 2024 For Black History Month, the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute are honoring Black History Month through the lens of this year's theme, "African Americans and the Arts," paying homage to the immense, creative influenc...

New Jersey Reentry Corp. Shares NJAMHAA-Supported Report: The Scourge of Addiction in New Jersey

Published: Feb 1, 2024
February 1, 2024 The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), with input and technical support from NJAMHAA, developed a detailed Annual Report: The Scourge of Addiction in New Jersey, which includes specific policy recommendations to improve access to addiction treatment, and ensure th...

SAMHSA Releases Updated Overdose Prevention and Response Toolkit

Published: Jan 30, 2024
January 30, 2024 On January 29, 2024, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is observing its 20th Annual Prevention Day, for which a national gathering was held at th...

CMS Announces New Model to Advance Integration in Behavioral Health

Published: Jan 22, 2024
January 22, 2024 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently hosted a behavioral health stakeholder call during which a new behavioral health care model, Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH), was announced. As stated in CMS' IBH fact sheet, "IBH aims to impro...

Congress Prepares to Pass Continuing Resolution, Averting Partial Government Shutdown

Published: Jan 17, 2024
January 17, 2024 On Sunday, January 14, 2024, Congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached that would avert a partial government shutdown that was set to begin on January 19, 2024. Two months ago, on November 16, 2023, President Biden signed into law a two-tier...

HHS Launches New Medicaid/CHIP Resource Hub with Renewal and Transition Resources

Published: Jan 16, 2024
January 16, 2024 The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of a new, online and user-friendly hub for partners to access critical Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) renewal and transition resources. This hub pulls toget...

New State Law Authorizes Network Pharmacies to Offer Lower-Cost Prescription Drug Options

Published: Jan 12, 2024
January 12, 2024 Governor Phil Murphy signed S3604 into law as P.L.2023, c.221., which authorizes the use of healthcare platforms providing discounted prices for payment of prescription and non-prescription drugs, devices, and telehealth and telemedicine services. This law prohib...

DHS Announces Enhancements to Adult I/DD Emergency Services Programs

Published: Jan 9, 2024
January 9, 2024 Last week, January 5, 2024, Sarah Adelman, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), announced significant enhancements to the statewide emergency services programs aiding adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As s...

Congress Works toward Preventing a Government Shutdown

Published: Jan 8, 2024
January 8, 2024 The United States Senate and House of Representatives are scheduled to return in full on January 9, 2024, after their holiday recess, leaving just 10 days from that point to pass legislation and prevent a government shutdown. On November 16, 2023, President Joe Biden...
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