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HHS Extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency through at least January 2023

Published: Oct 17, 2022
October 17, 2022 Yesterday, on October 13, 2022, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Xavier Becerra, renewed the determination of a Public Health Emergency (PHE) as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PHE, under this curre...

DOD Calls Mental Health and Suicide Prevention a “Key Priority” amid Rising Suicide Rates

Published: Oct 13, 2022
October 13, 2022 In March of 2022, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III established the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee (SPRIRC), intended to review the military's mental health and suicide preventi...

Americans Leaving Jobs in Favor of New Opportunities Reaches 30-Year High

Published: Oct 11, 2022
October 11, 2022 According to the Employment Situation Summary published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on October 7, 2022, the number of Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs and immediately seeking new employment has reached its highest level since 1990. According to...

Federal Court Rules against DACA, Retains Protection for Current Enrollees

Published: Oct 10, 2022
October 10, 2022 On Wednesday, a Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans ruled against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy enacted under President Obama that protected undocumented people brought to the U.S. at a ...

House Passes Mental Health Matters Act

Published: Oct 6, 2022
October 6, 2022 Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.7780, the Mental Health Matters Act. The legislation would require certain federal actions to increase mental and behavioral health care. Among other provisions, the bill would create various grants to increase th...

October 2nd – 8th Proclaimed as Mental Illness Awareness Week in New Jersey

Published: Oct 4, 2022
October 4, 2022 Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation declaring this week, October 2 through October 8, 2022, as Mental Illness Awareness Week in New Jersey. The proclamation highlighted a number of challenges relating to mental illness that New Jersey is facing, as we...

House Passes Bill to Strengthen Mental Health Parity Protections for Workers

Published: Oct 3, 2022
October 3, 2022 The House pass the Mental Health Matters Act (H.R.7780), which would hold employer-based health plans more accountable for improper denials of mental health and substance use benefits. The legislation also "would give the Department of Labor to enforce plan requirement...

NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma Hosts Media Roundtable

Updated: Sep 29, 2022
September 26, 2022 Dr. Otto Wahl, Author of Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness, to Deliver Keynote and Anti-Stigma Guidelines at this Event October 3, 2022 After a hiatus of several years, the Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma* was reactivated in January 2022. U...

Biden Administration Awards More than $1.6B for Communities Addressing Addiction, Overdose Crisis

Published: Sep 29, 2022
September 29, 2022 The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced last week that more than $1.6 ...

CMS Makes Public Additional Medicare-Certified Nursing Home Ownership Data

Published: Sep 27, 2022
September 27, 2022 On September 26, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced it is making additional data publicly available that will provide more information about the ownership of all Medic...

Report Demonstrates Potential Impacts of Climate Change with Focus on Human Health

Published: Sep 26, 2022
September 26, 2022 Earlier this week, the New Jersey Departments of Health and Environmental Protection have released the first supplement to the 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change, which presented the latest and most reliable scientific information on the current and...

NJ Set to Continue Path to $15 Minimum Wage

Published: Sep 22, 2022
September 22, 2022 In February of 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey from $8.85 to $10 an hour later that year. The same legislation put New Jersey on the path to have a $15 minimum wage by 2024. On January 1, 2020, the minimum wage...

NJ OAG Announces Availability of Funds for Creation of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Sites

Published: Sep 20, 2022
September 20, 2022 The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has issued a Notice of Availability of Funds for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) Category 2: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Sites...

NJ Is Ready to Continue Coverage for Preventive Care, regardless of Court Ruling that Threatens ACA

Updated: Sep 15, 2022
September 15, 2022 On September 7, 2022, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled in favor of a group claiming that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, requirements to cover HIV prevention drugs violate their religious freedoms. In his ruling, District Judge O'Conno...

New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Issues Interim Guidance on Workplace Impairment

Published: Sep 13, 2022
September 13, 2022 On Friday, September 9, 2022, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJ-CRC) issued temporary guidance for identifying and taking action against workplace impairment, specifically from cannabis. As stated in the guidance, the NJ-CRC "is charged with pres...
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