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Proposed Census Survey Changes would Reduce Number of Individuals Classified as Having Disabilities

Published: Dec 12, 2023
December 12, 2023 The United States Census Bureau has proposed changes to the American Community Survey, which would align the U.S. with international standards, but would also increase the threshold required for individuals to be classified as having disabilities, in a move advocates...

SAMHSA Issues Advisory on Low-Barrier Care for Substance Use Disorders

Published: Dec 11, 2023
December 11, 2023 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released an advisory that outlines recommendations for implementation of low-barrier models of care to significantly expand access to lifesaving treatment for individuals with substance use di...

NIH, ASPR, and CDC Expand Home Test to Treat Program Nationwide

Published: Dec 7, 2023
December 7, 2023 The federal government has expanded the Home Test to Treat program, an entirely virtual community health program that offers free COVID-19 health services - at-home rapid tests, telehealth sessions and at-home ...

Study Identifies Link between Chronic High Blood Pressure and Dementia/Dementia-Like Symptoms

Published: Dec 5, 2023
December 5, 2023 A study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that the response of immune system cells inside the protective covering surrounding the brain may contribute to dementia/dementia-like symptoms and cognitive decline in those with chronic high blood...

SAMHSA Shares New 988 Warning Signs Videos and Print Materials

Published: Dec 4, 2023
December 4, 2023 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has shared new videos about suicide warning signs and safety plans, now available for download from the 988 Partner Toolkit. Two new videos about warning signs focus on teaching people about s...

NJDOL Hosts Sessions for Input on a Comprehensive Workforce Development Plan

Published: Nov 30, 2023
November 30, 2023 Every four years, the State of New Jersey is required to develop a Comprehensive State Plan for Workforce Development. The document includes strategic, operational and compliance components related to federally and state-funded efforts. A significant part of the disc...

DCF Shares Update on Efforts to Support NJ’s Social Services Workforce

Published: Nov 28, 2023
November 28, 2023 As workforce challenges continue to impact the New Jersey Department of Children and Families' (DCF's) provider network, DCF has share an update on its related work to address the issue. Since June 2023: The state's Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget allocated $5 mil...

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Progress to Counter the Flow of Fentanyl into the U.S.

Published: Nov 27, 2023
November 27, 2023 On November 21, 2023, President Joe Biden held a meeting on the progress made to counter the flow of fentanyl into the United States. As shared by the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, "President Biden has made beating the overdose epidemic a key...

Senate Finance Committee Advances the Better Mental Health Care, Lower-Cost Drugs, and Extenders Act

Published: Nov 21, 2023
November 21, 2023 On November 8, 2023, the United States Senate Finance Committee convened to deliberate on the Better Mental Health Care, Lower-Cost Drugs, and Extenders Act. The bipartisan legislation package, as reported in a Hearing Summary by Thorn Run Partners, aims to expa...

House Passes Stopgap Bill to Avert Government Shutdown; Senate Hopes to Pass Measure Quickly

Published: Nov 17, 2023
November 17, 2023 On November 14, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives, led by recently elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA), overwhelmingly passed a two-tiered Continuing Resolution (CR) that would extend temporary funding at current levels for some agencies until Janu...

Spending Plans Needed to Prevent Government Shutdown Beginning Nov. 18th

Published: Nov 14, 2023
November 14, 2023 The United States Congress has until this Friday, November 17, 2023, to pass funding resolutions that would prevent a partial government shutdown, which would go into effect beginning Saturday, November 18, 2023. As reported on Reuters.com, recently elected Speaker...

NJ DOH and DHS Host Budget Listening Sessions, Nov. 13th, 14th and 29th

Published: Nov 9, 2023
November 9, 2023 The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) and the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) will host public budget listening sessions on November 13 and 14, and 29, 2023, respectively. ...
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