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U.S. Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency as Demand for Vaccines Exceeds Supply in NJ

Published: Aug 8, 2022
August 8, 2022 On August 4th, the Biden Administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency as the number of confirmed cases in the country rises above 7,000. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, as of August 4th, there were a total of 7,102 c...

New Law Requires NJ School Districts to Have Threat Assessment Teams

Published: Aug 4, 2022
August 4, 2022 On Monday, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A4047/3229, which requires each public school district in the state to develop threat assessment teams before the start of the new school year in September. The legislation aims to evaluate and intervene with students who...

“Degree Stigma” May Be Contributing to Workforce Recruitment Issues

Published: Aug 2, 2022
August 2, 2022 "Degree Stigma" consists of requiring degrees and not focusing on candidates' skills or experience. Many employers demonstrate reluctance to relax traditional degree requirements, potentially due to their uncertainty on how to measure the value of alternative credential...

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Two New Actions to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

Published: Aug 1, 2022
August 1, 2022 The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced two new actions to strengthen school-based mental health services and address the youth mental health crisis, in support of the strategies laid out in the President's comprehensive national mental health strategy. ...

House Passes Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021

Published: Aug 1, 2022
August 1, 2022 On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4040 - Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021 - by a vote of 416 in favor and 12 in opposition. This bill would make permanent several telehealth flexibilities under Medicare that were initially aut...

CMS Announces Launch of Enhanced Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System

Published: Jul 28, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the launch of its newly enhanced Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System, which integrates data nursing homes report on their weekend staffing rates for nurses, and information on annual turnover among nurses and ...

Dr. Shereef Elnahal Confirmed by Senate as Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health

Published: Jul 26, 2022
July 26, 2022 In March of 2022, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Shereef Elnahal for Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Yesterday, on July 21, 2022, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Elnahal to hi...

Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer Passes Away at 73

Published: Jul 26, 2022
July 26, 2022 New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald. S. Dancer (R-District 12) passed away on July 23rd at the age of 73. Dancer represented the 12th District since 2002 and served on the Agriculture and Food Security; Military a...

988 Up and Running in New Jersey and Nationwide

Updated: Jul 21, 2022
988, the new number for the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline began operation this past Saturday in New Jersey and across the country. The number will supplement the previous Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which will continue to function indefinitely alongside the new 988 numb...

NJAMHAA Pres./CEO Hails FY23 Budget for Ability to Increase Quality of Life for Diverse Communities

Published: Jul 19, 2022
July 19, 2022 On June 30, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Act into law, amounting to a $50.6 billion budget for the state for Fiscal Year 2023. As quoted on insider...

National 988 Crisis Line Goes Live, NJ Works toward a Comprehensive 988 Crisis Response System

Published: Jul 18, 2022
July 18, 2022 Beginning Saturday, July 16th, everyone across the country, regardless of where they are located, will be able to simply dial three numbers, 988, to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline), previously ...

Study Suggests Expansion of Take-Home Methadone Did Not Contribute to Methadone-Involved Overdoses

Published: Jul 14, 2022
July 14, 2022 In March of 2020, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) allowed states to request blanket exceptions to be able to provide up to 28 and 14 days of take-home methadone for stable and less-stable patients, respectively. This move aimed to f...

State Budget and Introduced Legislation Aim to Expand and Strengthen Behavioral Healthcare Workforce

Published: Jul 12, 2022
July 12, 2022 "Legislators looking to add more mental health professionals statewide have allocated a combined $9.62 million in the new state budget to expand training programs to meet the demand," as reported in NJ Spotl...

Sen. Booker and colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Remove Cannabis’ Schedule I Classification

Published: Jul 11, 2022
July 11, 2022 On July 6th, six U.S. Senators issued a letter addressed to President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Xavier Becerra, urging them to remove cannabis' classifi...

Medicaid Beneficiary Resource Limits to Return Following End of PHE

Published: Jul 7, 2022
July 7, 2022 Currently, the federal public health emergency (PHE), which began in March of 2020, is still in effect. With the PHE comes additional flexibilities relating to Medicaid beneficiaries' monetary resources and their eligibility for Medicaid. During the PHE, no Medicaid benef...
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