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DHS Extends Medicaid Coverage Termination Date for Some Enrollees

Published: Jun 28, 2023
June 28, 2023 The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) has shared an update on its efforts to initiate Medicaid renewals following the expiration of special Medicaid rules that were put in place during the COVID-19 p...

Gov. Murphy Announces $5M Investment in Union County Youth Mental Health Services

Published: Jun 19, 2023
June 19, 2023 On June 13, 2023, during an event at Kean University, Governor Phil Murphy and other state officials announced a $5 million investment to expand access to mental health services in Union County for children and teens....

Human Services Equity Commission Pushes for Yearly Inflationary Adjustment

Published: Jun 15, 2023
June 15, 2023 The Human Services Equity Coalition, led by Easterseals New Jersey and of which NJAMHAA is a member, was created this year to highlight problems faced by organizations paid by New Jersey's fee-for-service (FFS) model. The coalition's support for A508/S2668, legisl...

NIH, FDA Leaders Call for Greater Research, Development, and Implementation of Drug-Detecting Tools

Published: Jun 13, 2023
June 13, 2023 Leaders from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlighting the urgent need to address current gaps in the research, development, and i...

HHS Publishes Standards for Substance Use, Mental Health, and Peer Family Worker Certification

Published: Jun 8, 2023
June 8, 2023 On June 7, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), published the National Model Standards for Peer Support Certification, applicable for substance use, mental health, and...

President Biden Signs Debt Limit Legislation into Law

Published: Jun 6, 2023
June 6, 2023 On Saturday, June 3, 2023, President Biden signed H.R.3746, the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, into law, raising the debt ceiling until 2025, avoiding national default until at least after the next presidential election, and adjusting the federal budget. The legi...

Federal Ruling Lays a Path for Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlements

Published: Jun 5, 2023
June 5, 2023 On May 30, 2023, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York approved a plan through which Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, may settle thousands of claims linked to the opioid epidemic. ...

Federal Legislation Introduced to Expand Capacity for Children’s Behavioral Health Services

Published: Jun 1, 2023
June 1, 2023 On May 30, 2023, H.R.2412, the Helping Kids Cope Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is sponsored by United States Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The legislation would establish grant programs ...

NJ DHS Shares Resources to Support Medicaid Re-enrollment

Published: May 31, 2023
May 31, 2023 The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) has added more resources to its Stay Covered NJ toolkit, intended to help individuals and organizations assist NJ FamilyCare (Medicaid) beneficiaries in staying enrolled in the program through the Medicaid redetermination ...

FDA Approves Prescription Nasal Spray to Reverse Opioid Overdose

Published: May 30, 2023
May 30, 2023 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Opvee, a nalmefene hydrochloride nasal spray for the emergency treatment of known and suspected opioid overdose in adults and pediatric patents 12 years of age and older. The active ingredient, nalmefene hydr...

U.S. Surgeon General: Not Enough Evidence about Safety of Social Media for Youth Mental Health

Published: May 25, 2023
May 25, 2023 On May 23, 2023, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Surgeon General's Advisory on Social Media and Youth Mental Health, detailing the current analysis of the impacts of social media on children and adolescents. The advisory notes that there ar...

Gaps in Youth Mental Health Treatment Call for Pediatricians’ Increased Role

Published: May 23, 2023
May 23, 2023 Rose Beyer, a "pediatrician in an underserved, poverty-stricken community in Philadelphia," published an article in the May 21, 2023 publication of The Philadelphia Inquirer, titled "Will your teenager die waiting for a psychiatrist?" In this article, Beyer describes ex...
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