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House Passes ‘Red Flag’ Gun Bill with Presidential Support; Bill Now Moves to the Senate

Published: Jun 13, 2022
June 13, 2022 Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.2377, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order of 2022, that would allow families, police, and others to ask federal courts to order the removal of firearms from people at extreme risk of harming themselves or othe...

DDD Shares Update on Enhanced Funding for Day Services Reconciliation

Updated: Jun 9, 2022
June 9, 2022 On October 1, 2021, rates for Day Services (i.e., Career Planning, Community Inclusion Services, Day Habilitation, Prevocational Training - Group and Individual, and Supported Employment - Group and Individual) were increased due to one-time funding appropriated to the Di...

Experts Warn against Conflating Mental Illness and Violence

Published: Jun 7, 2022
June 7, 2022 In response to recent mass shootings, including that which took place in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers and wounded 17 other people, communities in New ...

HHS Extends Deadline to Use ARP Funds for Expanding and Enhancing HCBS for Medicaid

Published: Jun 6, 2022
June 6, 2022 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a one-year extension to the time that states will have to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to enhance, expand, and strengthen home-...

White House Releases Fact Sheet on Strategy to Address National Mental Health Crisis

Published: Jun 2, 2022
June 2, 2022 Yesterday, on the final day of Mental Health Awareness Month, the White House released a fact sheet highlighting the Biden-Harris Administration's strategy to address the national mental health crisis. The statement noted that the U.S. is facing an unprecedented mental...

SAMHSA Shares Resources Including on School Shootings and Gun Violence

Updated: Jun 1, 2022
June 1, 2022 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has shared a variety of resources for SAMHSA Region II in the wake of the tragedies of Buffalo, NY; Uvalde TX; and the 211 prior mass shootings so far this year. Support resources following recent sc...

Bipartisan Group of Senate Finance Committee Leaders Propose Plan to Expand Mental Telehealthcare

Published: May 31, 2022
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of Senate Finance Committee Leaders prosed a plan for expanding telehealth access for mental health services. The committee's plan would eliminate Medicare's in-person visit requirement prior to patients seeking online mental health services. This requi...

New Jersey Recorded More than 4,300 Drug, Alcohol, and Suicide Deaths in 2020

Updated: May 26, 2022
Yesterday, Trust for America's Health released a report that found that alcohol, drugs, and suicide accounted for 186,763 deaths across the U.S. in 2020. In New Jersey, there were 826 alcohol-induced deaths and 2,921 drug-related deaths in 2020. These numbers represent increases of 2...

Shootings, Tragic Deaths and Lasting Trauma Underscore Need for Strong Laws and Increased Access

Published: May 26, 2022
Shootings, Tragic Deaths and Lasting Trauma Underscore Need for Strong Laws and Increased Access to Services - Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is devastated to hear about the hor...

Lack of Federal COVID-19 Funds May Soon Lead to Supply Rationing

Published: May 24, 2022
May 24, 2022 Nearly all of the money in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that was dedicated directly to the COVID-19 response has been spent, and the White House is planning for a number of contingencies if more COVID-19 funding is not approved by Congress. Among these contingen...

Public Health Emergency Expected to Be Extended Past July

Published: May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implemented a COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) in January 2020. Since then, the PHE has been continually reviewed and renewed. The last official extension of the PHE took place on April 16, 2022, which extended the P...

House Energy & Commerce Committee Votes in Favor of MAT Act Amendments, Paving Way for House Vote

Published: May 19, 2022
May 19, 2022 On May 18th, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve an amendment to the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, to remove the buprenorphine X-Waiver, and to move the MAT Act out of committee. The Committee, Chaired by Representative Frank Pallo...
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