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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...

SAMHSA’s HHRC Shares Fact Sheet on Xylazine Basics, Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction, Wound Care

Published: Aug 29, 2023
August 29, 2023 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Homeless & Housing Resource Center (HHRC) has shared a fact sheet on Xylazine basics, providing information on overdose prevention, harm reduction, wound care, and more Xylazine, also know...

CVS Health Foundation Calls for Applications for Centering Youth Mental Health Initiative

Published: Aug 24, 2023
August 24, 2023 The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) has shared a notice of the CVS Health Foundation issuing a call for applications for its 2023 Centering Youth Mental Health grant program. The Centering Youth Mental Health grant program is a multi-year phila...

NJHMFA and Monarch Housing Associates Publish 2023 Point-in-Time Homelessness Count for NJ

Published: Aug 18, 2023
NJCounts is the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in New Jersey, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), directed by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA), and managed by Monarch Hou...

NJ DHS Launches StopOverdoses.nj.gov

Published: Aug 10, 2023
August 10, 2023 On Wednesday, August 7, 2023, New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced the launch of StopOverdoses.nj.gov, a resource for New Jersey residents to locate pharmacies providing naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal agent, free...
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