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FDA Approves Prescription Nasal Spray to Reverse Opioid Overdose

Published: May 30, 2023
May 30, 2023 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Opvee, a nalmefene hydrochloride nasal spray for the emergency treatment of known and suspected opioid overdose in adults and pediatric patents 12 years of age and older. The active ingredient, nalmefene hydr...

U.S. Surgeon General: Not Enough Evidence about Safety of Social Media for Youth Mental Health

Published: May 25, 2023
May 25, 2023 On May 23, 2023, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Surgeon General's Advisory on Social Media and Youth Mental Health, detailing the current analysis of the impacts of social media on children and adolescents. The advisory notes that there ar...

Gaps in Youth Mental Health Treatment Call for Pediatricians’ Increased Role

Published: May 23, 2023
May 23, 2023 Rose Beyer, a "pediatrician in an underserved, poverty-stricken community in Philadelphia," published an article in the May 21, 2023 publication of The Philadelphia Inquirer, titled "Will your teenager die waiting for a psychiatrist?" In this article, Beyer describes ex...

Assembly Committee Passes Legislation to Establish Statewide Opioid Antidote Coordinator Position

Published: May 22, 2023
May 22, 2023 S2808/A4237 is legislation that would establish the position of Statewide Opioid Antidote Coordinator in New Jersey, and would appropriate funds for this position. Yesterday, May 18, 2023, the Assembly Health Committee voted in favor of the legislation, which was the...

Vice Pres. Harris Hosts Briefing on Preventing Default as Debt Ceiling Negotiations Continue

Published: May 18, 2023
May 18, 2023 Yesterday, President Joe Biden held a meeting at the White House with Congressional leadership in continued discussions on the debt ceiling. While a clear resolution was not achieved during that meeting, negotiations are set to continue with all sides agreeing that defaul...

White House Publishes Fact Sheet on Public Health Emergency Transition

Published: May 16, 2023
May 16, 2023 The White House has published a fact sheet on actions taken by the Biden-Harris Administration to ensure continued COVID-19 protections and preparedness after the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). As the PHE ended on May 11, 2023, the fact sheet provides informati...

Form I-9 COVID-19 Flexibilities Set to End July 31, 2023

Published: May 15, 2023
May 15, 2023 The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, has announced that COVID-19 temporary flexibilities for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, will end on July 31, 2023. As stated in a U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services news rel...

Public Health Emergency Ends May 11th; Flexibilities Set to End, Some Temporarily Extended

Published: May 11, 2023
May 11, 2023 On May 9, 2023, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) officially issued "Temporary Extension of COVID-19 Telemedicine ...

Invest to Protect Act would Fund Mental Health Care; Training and Recruiting for Small Police Dpts.

Published: May 9, 2023
May 9, 2023 S.1144, the Invest to Protect Act of 2023, would provide police departments with fewer than 200 sworn officers, across the country, with federal funds for mental health care, training, and recruiting. The legislation would provide up to $50 million a year in federal ...

1.7 Million Could Lose Federal Medicaid Eligibility under Debt Ceiling Legislation

Published: May 8, 2023
May 8, 2023 Under H.R. 2811, the "Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023", states would be required to implement work requirements for certain Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) beneficiaries. This legislation, a bi...

NJ Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund Advisory Council Hosts Listening Sessions

Published: May 4, 2023
May 4, 2023 The New Jersey Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund Advisory Council was established under S783 with the purpose of reviewing proposals, data, and analysis, and engaging with stakeholders and community member...

KFF Publishes Comprehensive Timeline for COVID-19 Health Flexibilities

Published: May 2, 2023
May 2, 2023 Many of the health flexibilities granted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are tied to the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE), which is set to expire in just 10 days on May 11, 2023. Ahead of the end of the PHE, KFF has published a new resource, Timeline of End Da...

Mental Health Month Focuses on Looking Around and Within to Improve Mental Health

Updated: May 1, 2023
May 1, 2023 NJAMHAA Advocates for Support of All New Jerseyans' Wellness by Strengthening the Behavioral Healthcare System The theme for Mental Health Month 2023 (May) is Take Some Time to Look Around, Look Within to encourage individuals to realize how their surroundings impact t...

Gov. Murphy Signs Proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month

Published: May 1, 2023
May 1, 2023 Beginning Monday, May 1, 2023, Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAH) will be observed in New Jersey, across the U.S., and beyond. Established in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month is intended to increase awareness of the importance of mental health wellness in individu...

House Passes the Limit, Save, Grow Act to Raise Debt Ceiling, Threatening Health Funding and More

Published: Apr 28, 2023
April 28, 2023 On April 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2811, the "Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023", legislation that would increase the federal debt limit, cut funding for a number of programs, establish discretionary spending limits, rescind COVID-19 funds and enact...
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