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DMHAS Adds Buprenorphine and Associated Services to SUD FFS Initiatives Contract Enhancement Package

Published: Sep 12, 2022
September 12, 2022 The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has announced changes to the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Fee for Service (FFS) Initiatives Contract Enhancement Package (Vivitrol) to include Buprenor...

Behavioral Healthcare Continuum, Workforce Are Critical for to Achieve Recovery, Avoid Suicide Risk

Published: Sep 8, 2022
September 9, 2022 September Is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month Across the nation, drastic shortages of mental healthcare and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment professionals have resulted in only about 28% of the need for these services being met,...

New Jersey Set to Receive up to Nearly $36 Million in Multistate JUUL Settlement

Published: Sep 8, 2022
September 8, 2022 On September 7, 2022, a multi-state settlement agreement was reached between e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL and 34 states and territories within the U.S. The initial lawsuit filed against JUUL was led by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong. The suit alleged that...

Most New Jersey School Districts Drop Mask Requirements and Relax COVID-19 Guidelines

Published: Sep 7, 2022
September 7, 2022 As the school year is beginning around the State of New Jersey, most districts in the state have dropped their mask requirements for students and teachers, and have relaxed their COVID-19 guidelines, including those regarding testing. Nearly all school districts ha...

Federal Govt. Proposes Rule to Simplify Healthcare Enrollment Process for Millions of Americans

Published: Sep 6, 2022
September 6, 2022 On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration proposed a new rule to overhaul the enrollment processes for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Programs (BHPs), and eliminate arbitrary coverage caps for children ...

Childcare Staffing Shortages Lead to Children Being Turned Away from Care in NJ

Updated: Sep 1, 2022
September 1, 2022 Staffing shortages are affecting many facets of life for New Jerseyans and Americans across the country. One of the latest impacts comes regarding childcare in the state. As stated in a report from Advocates for Children in New Jersey, a staffing shortage in chi...

Medicaid/CHIP Coverage to End for Many Individuals; Help Prevent Coverage Gaps

Updated: Aug 29, 2022
August 29, 2022 In anticipation of the public health emergency ending, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is helping state governments, other partner organizations and current Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance ...

New Jersey Joins in $450M Nationwide Opioid Settlement

Published: Aug 25, 2022
August 25, 2022 On Monday, Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced that New Jersey, along with a coalition of state attorneys general, have reached an agreement in principle with opioid maker Endo International PLC for its role in the opioid crisis. The agreement would pr...

Temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness Available for Government, Nonprofit Employees

Published: Aug 23, 2022
August 23, 2022 As reported in the National Council of Nonprofits' newsletter, nonprofit employees have a little over two months to take advantage of the temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver. The PSLF program forgives the balance of most federal student loans af...

Important Updates on CCBHC Demonstration Program, Including Expansion in Current Demo States

Published: Aug 22, 2022
August 22, 2022 The National Council for Wellbeing passed along the following important updates shared yesterday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Certified Community Behavioral Health ...

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Easing COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Some

Published: Aug 18, 2022
August 18, 2022 On Monday, August 15, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 302, which lifts the requirements that school districts, childcare settings, and state contractors maintain a policy of requiring unvaccinated workers to undergo routine testing. It was disti...

CDC Issues New COVID-19 Guidance

Published: Aug 16, 2022
August 16, 2022 On August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated and streamlined COVID-19 guidance. As stated on cdc.gov, new guidance includes that individuals exposed to COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status need not quarantine, but i...

President Biden Signs PACT Act into Law, Expanding Benefits and Services for Toxin-Exposed Veterans

Published: Aug 15, 2022
August 15, 2022 On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 into law, amending various Veteran's Affairs (VA) authorities related to health care and benefits t...

Increases in Youth Behavioral Health Hospital Visits Continue to Cause Concerns

Published: Aug 11, 2022
August 11, 2022 A New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) analysis reviewed hospital claims data for both emergency department visits and inpatient admissions for individuals ages 12 to 17 from 2017 to 2021. This analysis found that the proportion of depression-related hospitalizati...

Inflation Reduction Act Passes Senate and Moves to the House

Published: Aug 9, 2022
August 9, 2022 On Sunday, August 7, 2022, the United States Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (H.R.5376), sweeping legislation that addresses many Democratic priorities, such as health care, taxes, and climate action. The legislation was passed by a vote of 51 in favor...
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