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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...

Biden Administration Releases New Housing Supply Action Plan

Published: May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022 Today, the Biden Administration released a new Housing Supply Action Plan with the aim of closing the housing supply gap in five years. This plan, part of the Administration's efforts to combat inflation, looks to ...

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission Faces Harsh Questioning during Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Updated: May 16, 2022
May 16, 2022 On Thursday, May 12, 2022, the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing that primarily scrutinized and raised concerns about the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission's (CRC's) rollout of legal marijuana in the state. The hearing, which lasted five hours, ...

FDA Approves Olumiant for COVID-19 Treatment

Published: May 12, 2022
May 12, 2022 On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced approval of a new indication, or justification for prescription, of the drug Olumiant (baricitinib) for treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized adults requiring supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive...

Lack of Inpatient Psychiatric Services Forces Hundreds of Suicidal Teens to Spend Nights in ERs

Published: May 10, 2022
May 10, 2022 As the mental health crisis continues to wear on in the U.S., an increasing number of youth are vying for a limited number of treatment openings. The situation can become even worse when those individuals are mandated such treatment by emergency room doctors. At Bosto...

FDA Restricts Use of J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine over Blood Clot Risk

Published: May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022 On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had limited the authorized use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J; also referred to as Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine due to the risk of developing thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), a d...
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