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October 6th is Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day

Published: Oct 5, 2023
October 5, 2023 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day (KOOAD), which has been observed on October 6th in New Jersey since 2016, is this Friday. KOOAD is the ...

President Biden Signs Continuing Resolution Averting Government Shutdown Until at least Nov. 17th

Published: Oct 3, 2023
October 3, 2023 On Saturday, September 30, 2023, after weeks of seemingly unproductive efforts, and with just hours to spare, both houses of Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed into law a Continuing Resolution (CR). This temporary funding measure will fund the federal gover...

Mental Illness Awareness Week Is Oct 1st-7th

Updated: Oct 2, 2023
Mental Illness Awareness Week is observed each year during the first week of October, and will begin this year on Sunday, October 1, 2023, running through Saturday, October 7, 2023. On September 27, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy signed a proclamation officially declaring Oct. 1st - 7th as ...

Free COVID Tests Available at Covidtests.gov Beginning Sept. 25th

Published: Sep 26, 2023
Beginning today, September 25, 2023, any household in the U.S. can again order four free COVID-19 tests from Covidtests.gov. The reopening of Covidtests.gov was announced last week by the Biden Administration, in addition to a $600 million investment across 12 domestic COVID-19 test manuf...

Government Shutdown Looms as Congress Fails to Pass Defense and Government Funding Bills

Published: Sep 25, 2023
Yesterday, September 21, 2023, the United States House of Representatives failed to pass a procedural vote that would have begun debate on a defense funding bill by a measure of 212 in favor and 216 opposed. The defense funding bill would have limited access to abortion services for servi...

Governor Murphy Signs Proclamation Declaring Today, Sept. 20th, Addiction Professionals Day

Published: Sep 25, 2023
Addiction Professionals Day, part of National Recovery Month, was established in 1992 by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, to show appreciation for the important work of addiction professionals who provide clinical counseling and support to those affected by substance u...

CMS to Establish MFTs and MH Counselors as Medicare Provider Types, Jan. 1st

Published: Sep 19, 2023
September 19, 2023 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that, as directed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, a new Medicare benefit category will be established for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Mental Health Counselors (MHCs) for s...

Governor Murphy Signs Proclamation Declaring Sept. 10th – 16th as Suicide Prevention Week

Published: Sep 18, 2023
This week, September 10 through 16, 2023, is observed as Suicide Prevention Week, taking place within National Recovery Month. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a proclamation officially declaring Sept. 10 - 16, 2023, as Suicide Prevention Week. In the Governor's proclamatio...

Tahesha Way Sworn in as New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor

Published: Sep 12, 2023
September 12, 2023 On Friday, September 8, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy swore in New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha L. Way, JD, as Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, just over a month after the passing of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver. Way's appointment became effective immediate...

New Poll Finds in NJ, Young People’s Mental Health Most Negatively Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

Published: Sep 11, 2023
September 11, 2023 On September 7, 2023, Stockton University's William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy published research analyzing the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Jersey residents' mental health, treatment, and outcomes, involving numerous mental health is...

COVID Cases Rise across the Country with New Highly Mutated “Pirola” Variant Identified

Published: Sep 7, 2023
September 7, 2023 In the week of August 20 to August 26, 2023, COVID-19 hospitalizations across the U.S. have increased by 15.7% compared to the prior week , with a 17.6% increase in COVID-19 deaths across the same time, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Pr...

Biden-Harris Administration Announces First Ten Drugs Selected for Medicare Price Negotiation

Published: Aug 31, 2023
August 31, 2023 As signed into law under the Inflation Reduction Act, over the next four years, Medicaid will negotiate prices for up to 60 drugs covered under Medicare Part D and Part B, and up to an additional 20 drugs every year...
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