NJAMHAA Advocacy Campaign
In the fall of 2021, NJAMHAA launched a new campaign, Diverse Faces…Many Lives: New Jerseyans Rely on Mental Health and Substance Use Services to Thrive, to underscore that thousands of children, youth, adults and seniors, representing every racial, ethnic and cultural group, need to be able to access the services they need to recover from mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Additional funding for these services is required to make this access possible.
NJAMHAA’s recent advocacy piece, Building a Bridge to a Better Future, reinforces the need for the community behavioral system to be sufficiently funded in order to continue to serve as the safety net for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents of all ages throughout the many systemic changes taking place and beyond. It highlights the messages we have been communicating about the transition to fee-for-service, as well as advocacy points that specifically relate to adult mental health, substance use and children’s service providers.
One Page "Leave Behind": NJAMHAA FY2023 Budget and Policy Priorities
New Jersey Legislators
List of State Legislators – This list is alphabetical by Senate then Assembly, but you may sort by Party or District number.
– You can also search for your legislators by municipality at the top of this list.
New Jersey Congressional Delegation – House of Representatives
New Jersey Legislation
- Increase to New Jersey's Minimum Wage Requires Investment in Contracts and Medicaid Rates
- COLA Chart 12 Years
- Workforce Issues
- Independent Fee for Service Transition Oversight Board initial report (October, 2019)
- NJAMHAA Membership Survey Results: Deficits in Fee-for-Service Programs
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)
National Council for Mental Wellbeing Reports:
MAR. 2021 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and County Governments, A National Model Tailored for Local Mental Health and Substance Use Care, (with the National Association of Counties)
SEPT. 2021 Medicaid Behavioral Health: CMS Guidance Needed to Better Align Demonstration Payment Rates with Costs and Prevent Duplication, U.S. Government Accountability Office
SEPT. 2020 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Demonstration Program: Report to Congress, 2019, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Business Case for Investment in Behavioral Health
- Flyer - Achieving the Greatest Benefits
- 2016 Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy study: The Economic Contribution of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Industry to the New Jersey Economy
For additional resources on specific bills and policy issues, see: Current Advocacy Issues