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Executive Order Requires Stricter Vaccine Requirements, Raises Concerns about Healthcare Workforce

Published: Jan 19, 2022
Jan. 19, 2022 Earlier today, Governor Phil Murphy issued a new Executive Order (#283) that requires all staff in health care and high-risk congregate settings (e.g., prisons, nursing homes, other long-term care centers) to be fully...

Final Day of New Jersey Legislative Session Sees Emergency Powers, Tax Breaks, and Others on Agenda

Updated: Jan 11, 2022
January 10, 2022, was the final day of the current state Legislative Session, which means that any bill that fails to make it through both chambers by the end of the day will need to be reintroduced in the next legislative ...

Worker-Employer Relations to Face Continued Strain in 2022

Published: Jan 7, 2022
After nearly two years facing the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers continue to demand extra protections and pay from employers. Healthcare companies say rising costs and lower revenue due to patients delaying care are making it difficult to manage higher labor expenses. As the health...

2021 Highlights of NJAMHAA's Impact and a Look Ahead to 2022

Published: Jan 3, 2022
2021 was another whirlwind of a year and despite the pandemic and other challenges, both new and ongoing, our trade association is persevering in its efforts to continually strengthen the behavioral healthcare system and increase access to the vital services that all of you provide. T...

Absent Legislation, Old Rules for Virtual Addiction Treatment May Return, Making Access Harder

Published: Jan 3, 2022
In the midst of the pandemic, there was much easing of regulations around telehealth services. In the case of virtual addiction treatment, the temporary telehealth expansions not only helped patients work around the pandemic lockdown, but also eliminated some common barriers to care that ...

Holiday Blues Could Be Worsened by Ongoing Pandemic and Last into the New Year

Updated: Dec 28, 2021
December 21, 2021 While the holiday season is a joyful time for many people, especially for those who are able to reunite with friends and family after long separations due to the pandemic, this is unfortunately not the case for many other individuals. Traveling to see loved ones is s...

All of New Jersey’s Diverse Residents Need Behavioral Health Care to Thrive

Updated: Dec 28, 2021
Children and adults throughout New Jersey represent every ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender identity and religion, and many of them have mental health and/or substance use disorders (SUD). However, many do not have access to community-based services that have been proven to be hi...

Congress’ Priorities Include Build Back Better Act, Expanding Mental Health Access

Updated: Dec 28, 2021
December 28, 2021 "Democrats are hoping to pass President Joe Biden's $1.7 trillion social spending agenda after setbacks in December pushed negotiations into 2022. Lawmakers are also expected to turn their focus to issues such as telehealth and mental health, which have broad support...

The World Is Fortunate to Have Support from Social Workers

Updated: Dec 15, 2021
It is meaningful that World Social Work Day was on St. Patrick's Day this year as the entire world is extremely fortunate to have support from social workers. Social workers have always played a vital role in enabling individuals of all ages to cope with challenging situations, rangin...

Devastation from Haiti Earthquake, Torrential Rain, other Tragedies Raise Concerns for Citizens’

Updated: Aug 18, 2021
Just a few weeks after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, the citizens of Haiti are facing much more devastation from an earthquake that claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 individuals, seriously injured at least 5,700 people and left thousands more displaced due to total destru...

Amidst Growing Demand for Services & Hiring Crisis, Social Workers Face Backlog in Getting Licensed

Published: Jul 13, 2021
Across New Jersey, a mental health crisis is brewing with potentially dire consequences. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for mental health services has increased exponentially. While providers of mental health services are working tirelessly to support community members ...

Assassination of Haiti President Will Exacerbate Mental Health Challenges in Long-Struggling Country

Published: Jul 9, 2021
Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO On behalf of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, I extend deepest condolences to the family of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, who was assassinated early yesterday morning, and send warmest wishes to ...

Recent Shootings Underscore Need to Eliminate Stigma and Provide Services

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
March 24, 2021 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) is deeply saddened to hear about the loss of lives in the recent shootings in Boulder, CO, and the Atlanta, GA area, and sends heartfelt...

Education Is Needed to Shatter the Myths about Marijuana for Young People

Published: Mar 22, 2021
March 22, 2021 March 22nd through March 28th Is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® On February 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills that legalize cannabis for recreational use, decriminalize marijuana and establish civil penalties for individual...

Brain Power Is Mental Health Power

Updated: Mar 18, 2021
March 15 to 21 Is Brain Awareness Week March 15, 2021 While there are things that currently remain unknown about COVID-19, it is known that it impacts mental health and brain health. Research from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago ha...
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