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NJ Senate Advances Legislation to Support Upcoming 988 Rollout

Published: Jun 20, 2022
June 20, 2022 As laid out in the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020, a new number will be available for people experiencing mental health crises to call or text, scheduled to be rolled out nationwide by July 16th. The new number, 988, is expected to be easier to remem...

Expansion of ANCHOR Property Tax Program would Provide $2 Billion in Property Tax Relief

Published: Jun 16, 2022
June 16, 2022 On June 15, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced the expansion of the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) program. This expansion includes increased investment from ...

Federal Bill Aims to Address Gun Violence, Includes Funding for Mental Health Care & School Security

Published: Jun 14, 2022
June 14, 2022 "A bipartisan group of senators announced Sunday that it had reached a tentative agreement on legislation that would pair modest new gun restrictions with significant new mental health and school security investments - a deal that could put Congress on a path to enacting...

House Passes ‘Red Flag’ Gun Bill with Presidential Support; Bill Now Moves to the Senate

Published: Jun 13, 2022
June 13, 2022 Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.2377, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order of 2022, that would allow families, police, and others to ask federal courts to order the removal of firearms from people at extreme risk of harming themselves or othe...

DDD Shares Update on Enhanced Funding for Day Services Reconciliation

Updated: Jun 9, 2022
June 9, 2022 On October 1, 2021, rates for Day Services (i.e., Career Planning, Community Inclusion Services, Day Habilitation, Prevocational Training - Group and Individual, and Supported Employment - Group and Individual) were increased due to one-time funding appropriated to the Di...

Experts Warn against Conflating Mental Illness and Violence

Published: Jun 7, 2022
June 7, 2022 In response to recent mass shootings, including that which took place in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers and wounded 17 other people, communities in New ...

HHS Extends Deadline to Use ARP Funds for Expanding and Enhancing HCBS for Medicaid

Published: Jun 6, 2022
June 6, 2022 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a one-year extension to the time that states will have to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to enhance, expand, and strengthen home-...

White House Releases Fact Sheet on Strategy to Address National Mental Health Crisis

Published: Jun 2, 2022
June 2, 2022 Yesterday, on the final day of Mental Health Awareness Month, the White House released a fact sheet highlighting the Biden-Harris Administration's strategy to address the national mental health crisis. The statement noted that the U.S. is facing an unprecedented mental...

SAMHSA Shares Resources Including on School Shootings and Gun Violence

Updated: Jun 1, 2022
June 1, 2022 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has shared a variety of resources for SAMHSA Region II in the wake of the tragedies of Buffalo, NY; Uvalde TX; and the 211 prior mass shootings so far this year. Support resources following recent sc...

Bipartisan Group of Senate Finance Committee Leaders Propose Plan to Expand Mental Telehealthcare

Published: May 31, 2022
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of Senate Finance Committee Leaders prosed a plan for expanding telehealth access for mental health services. The committee's plan would eliminate Medicare's in-person visit requirement prior to patients seeking online mental health services. This requi...

New Jersey Recorded More than 4,300 Drug, Alcohol, and Suicide Deaths in 2020

Updated: May 26, 2022
Yesterday, Trust for America's Health released a report that found that alcohol, drugs, and suicide accounted for 186,763 deaths across the U.S. in 2020. In New Jersey, there were 826 alcohol-induced deaths and 2,921 drug-related deaths in 2020. These numbers represent increases of 2...

Shootings, Tragic Deaths and Lasting Trauma Underscore Need for Strong Laws and Increased Access

Published: May 26, 2022
Shootings, Tragic Deaths and Lasting Trauma Underscore Need for Strong Laws and Increased Access to Services - Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is devastated to hear about the hor...

Tragic Deaths and Lasting Trauma Underscore Need for Strong Laws and Increased Access to Services

Published: May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is devastated to hear about the horrific loss of 19 students and two teachers, and serious injuries to several more children and ad...

Lack of Federal COVID-19 Funds May Soon Lead to Supply Rationing

Published: May 24, 2022
May 24, 2022 Nearly all of the money in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that was dedicated directly to the COVID-19 response has been spent, and the White House is planning for a number of contingencies if more COVID-19 funding is not approved by Congress. Among these contingen...

Sharing Personal Stories of Mental Health Struggles Helps Eliminate Stigma

Published: May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022 Open conversations about mental health that have occurred as a result of the pandemic are helping to eliminate stigma, which is the greatest factor that prevents individuals from seeking help. An extremely powerful tool is sharing experiences with mental health challenges...
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