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President Biden’s State of the Union Address Focuses on the National Mental Health Crisis

Published: Mar 3, 2022
March 2, 2022 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO, NJAMHAA On behalf of the members of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) and those they serve, I thank President Biden profusely for highlighting our nation's mental health c...

Pres. Biden Presents Historic Plans to Address the National Mental Health and Addictions Crises

Published: Mar 3, 2022
March 3, 2022 President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union Address yesterday. In a statement released last night after the President's speech, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies' (NJAMHAA's) President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D, thank...

As Eviction Moratoriums End, Assistance Programs Are Still Available

Published: Mar 1, 2022
March 1, 2022 Moratoriums in New Jersey enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as those that prevented evictions and utility companies from shutting off electric, gas, and water services, have either already ended or will be ending soon. However, there is still a litany of assista...

Providers, Advocates Push for Higher Reimbursement Rates in Federal Legislation

Published: Feb 28, 2022
February 28, 2022 Lawmakers are considering legislation that would aim to address the gaps in the behavioral healthcare system. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, was quoted on modernhealthcare.com saying, "Our mental hea...

Potential Impact of CDC’s Relaxed Opioid Prescription Proposals

Published: Feb 24, 2022
February 24, 2022 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proposed new guidelines for prescribing opioids for pain treatment that would eliminate dosage caps on treatment. Dr. Lewis Nelson, ...

Study Suggests COVID-19 Infection May Increase the Risk of Developing New Mental Health Problems

Published: Feb 23, 2022
Mental health issues have been exacerbated by the social isolation, economic stress, loss of loved ones, and other struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study, Mental Health in People with COVID-19, published in the journal The BMJ, suggests that COVID-19 infection itself may i...

Mental Health Report Card Shows All 50 States Are Struggling to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

Published: Feb 17, 2022
February 17, 2022 The Hopeful Futures Campaign has released a first-of-its-kind Mental Health Report Card for each of the 50 states' schools. This report comes after several of the nation's leading pediatric groups called the state of children's mental health a national emergency, ...

Behavioral Health Services Empower Diverse Individuals to Achieve Many Successes

Published: Feb 16, 2022
February 16, 2022 NJAMHAA Shares Inspiring Examples, Calls for More Funding to Create More Opportunities As Black History Month highlights the meaningful accomplishments of many individuals, often overcoming great adversity, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction ...

License Backlogs Are Preventing Some New Healthcare Workers from Seeing Patients

Published: Feb 15, 2022
February 15, 2022 As the healthcare field faces staffing crises, those entering the industry and applying for a variety of care licenses are facing longer than normal delays in some states, preventing them from providing care. As reported on nbcnews.com, four different professional m...

CDC Proposes Relaxing Guidelines for Doctors Prescribing Opioid Painkillers

Published: Feb 14, 2022
February 14, 2022 As reported on modernhealthcare.com, on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released proposed changes to its guidelines for U.S. doctors prescribing oxycodone and ot...

House Passes Third Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Funded through March 11th

Published: Feb 10, 2022
February 10, 2022 On Monday, February 7, House Democrats introduced and the House of Representatives voted to pass a third consecutive continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through March 11, and to give Congress more time to complete a fiscal year 2022 omnibus spend...

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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