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Telemedicine Is Helping to Eliminate Racial Health Gaps

Published: Feb 8, 2022
February 8, 2022 A new study from the University of Pennsylvania, Association of Telemedicine with Primary Care Appointment Ac...

Bills Requiring Mental Health Programs at Colleges/Universities Moves through

Published: Feb 7, 2022
A1176/S503, which requires institutions of higher education to implement suicide prevention programs and raise awareness of mental health services, was introduced in the State Legislature on January 31, 2022. It has moved through the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and has been ref...

Experts Cautiously Optimistic about the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Path

Published: Feb 1, 2022
February 1, 2022 Dr. Aaron Glatt, a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Chair of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau on Long Island, is among those who believe, at least for the New Jersey and New York metro region, that there will be a return to a relative s...

DHS Rule Modifications Extend COVID Waivers

Published: Jan 31, 2022
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Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Treasury Release 2022 MHPAEA Report to Congress

Published: Jan 27, 2022
January 27, 2022 The United States Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of the Treasury have released the 2022 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) report, Rea...

NIH-Supported Study Finds Links to Better Mental Health among Youth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Jan 25, 2022
January 25, 2022 A study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that supportive relationships ...

Funding Cut from Excluded New Jerseyans Fund

Updated: Jan 24, 2022
January 24, 2022 The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF), as described on nj.gov, "provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal ...

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 ...

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...
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