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Temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness Available for Government, Nonprofit Employees

Published: Aug 23, 2022
August 23, 2022 As reported in the National Council of Nonprofits' newsletter, nonprofit employees have a little over two months to take advantage of the temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver. The PSLF program forgives the balance of most federal student loans af...

Important Updates on CCBHC Demonstration Program, Including Expansion in Current Demo States

Published: Aug 22, 2022
August 22, 2022 The National Council for Wellbeing passed along the following important updates shared yesterday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Certified Community Behavioral Health ...

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Easing COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Some

Published: Aug 18, 2022
August 18, 2022 On Monday, August 15, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 302, which lifts the requirements that school districts, childcare settings, and state contractors maintain a policy of requiring unvaccinated workers to undergo routine testing. It was disti...

CDC Issues New COVID-19 Guidance

Published: Aug 16, 2022
August 16, 2022 On August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated and streamlined COVID-19 guidance. As stated on cdc.gov, new guidance includes that individuals exposed to COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status need not quarantine, but i...

President Biden Signs PACT Act into Law, Expanding Benefits and Services for Toxin-Exposed Veterans

Published: Aug 15, 2022
August 15, 2022 On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 into law, amending various Veteran's Affairs (VA) authorities related to health care and benefits t...

Increases in Youth Behavioral Health Hospital Visits Continue to Cause Concerns

Published: Aug 11, 2022
August 11, 2022 A New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) analysis reviewed hospital claims data for both emergency department visits and inpatient admissions for individuals ages 12 to 17 from 2017 to 2021. This analysis found that the proportion of depression-related hospitalizati...

Inflation Reduction Act Passes Senate and Moves to the House

Published: Aug 9, 2022
August 9, 2022 On Sunday, August 7, 2022, the United States Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (H.R.5376), sweeping legislation that addresses many Democratic priorities, such as health care, taxes, and climate action. The legislation was passed by a vote of 51 in favor...

U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency as Demand for Vaccines Exceeds Supply in NJ

Published: Aug 8, 2022
August 8, 2022 On August 4th, the Biden Administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency as the number of confirmed cases in the country rises above 7,000. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, as of August 4th, there were a total of 7,102 c...

New Law Requires NJ School Districts to Have Threat Assessment Teams

Published: Aug 4, 2022
August 4, 2022 On Monday, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A4047/3229, which requires each public school district in the state to develop threat assessment teams before the start of the new school year in September. The legislation aims to evaluate and intervene with students who...

“Degree Stigma” May Be Contributing to Workforce Recruitment Issues

Published: Aug 2, 2022
August 2, 2022 "Degree Stigma" consists of requiring degrees and not focusing on candidates' skills or experience. Many employers demonstrate reluctance to relax traditional degree requirements, potentially due to their uncertainty on how to measure the value of alternative credential...

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Two New Actions to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

Published: Aug 1, 2022
August 1, 2022 The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced two new actions to strengthen school-based mental health services and address the youth mental health crisis, in support of the strategies laid out in the President's comprehensive national mental health strategy. ...

House Passes Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021

Published: Aug 1, 2022
August 1, 2022 On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4040 - Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021 - by a vote of 416 in favor and 12 in opposition. This bill would make permanent several telehealth flexibilities under Medicare that were initially aut...
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