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Week 2 of Mental Health Awareness Month Highlights Children’s Mental Health

Updated: May 9, 2024
May 9, 2024 This week, May 5 - 11, 2024 is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week within Mental Health Awareness Month, and tomorrow, May 9, 2024, is Children's Mental Health Day. Children and young people in this country are experiencing an unprecedented mental health crisis: Ther...

New Report Finds a Nearly 40% Increase in Patients with Mental Health Diagnoses since 2019

Published: May 7, 2024
May 7, 2024 A new report from FAIR Health, Trends in Mental Health Conditions: An Analysis of Private Healthcare Claims, which analyzed more than 46 billion healthcare claim records from 2019 to 2023, found that over that time, the percentage of patients who received medical services ...

HHS Issues Final Rules Regarding Nondiscrimination

Published: May 6, 2024
May 6, 2024 Over the past two weeks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued multiple final rules regarding nondiscrimination. The first final rule, titled "Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities", was filed on April 26, 2024, and prohibits d...

Gov. Murphy Issues Proclamation Declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Published: Apr 29, 2024
April 29, 2024 Governor Phil Murphy has signed a proclamation, as he has repeatedly done in previous years, declaring May of this year as Mental Health Awareness Month. As stated in Governor Murphy's proclamation, "Mental health is an essential part of overall health and well-being,...

NJ Legislation Offers Comprehensive Plan to Address School and Community Violence

Published: Apr 23, 2024
April 23, 2024 Saturday, April 20, 2024, marked the 25th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher. The day before, on Friday, April 19, 2024, a vigil was held in the victim's honor, during which legislators, family members of...

Everyone’s Advocacy Is Needed Now and until the FY25 State Budget Is Signed!

Published: Apr 22, 2024
April 22, 2024 Reinforce the Fact that New Jerseyans Cannot Wait any Longer for Life Saving Care! Advocate for Significantly More Investment in the FY2025 State Budget! Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, and leaders of partner advocacy organizations recently held...

More Research Needed on Caring for Residents with Mental Health Needs in Long Term Care Facilities

Published: Apr 8, 2024
April 8, 2024 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General has published a new report, Nursing Home Residents with Endangering Behaviors and Mental Health Disorders May be Vulnerable to Facility-Initiated Discharges, suggesting that more resea...

HHS Finalizes Policies to Make Marketplace Coverage More Accessible and Expand Health Benefits

Published: Apr 4, 2024
April 4, 2024 On April 2, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS') Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced policies for the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces that make it easier for individuals with low income levels to enroll in coverage; provi...

NJ Receives $25M for Construction of the Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center

Updated: Apr 2, 2024
April 2, 2024 New Jersey's Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center (MIHIC), to be located in Trenton, NJ, is part of First Lady Tammy Murphy's Nurture NJ Initiative. It is intended to serve as an anchor for equitable provision of maternal and infant healthcare services, social se...

Pres. Biden Signs Final FY24 Appropriations Package, Preventing Partial Government Shutdown

Published: Mar 26, 2024
March 26, 2024 On Saturday, March 23, 2024, President Biden signed HR2882, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, into law, providing funding for the remaining six regular Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year, until September 30,...

Debate on Border Security Threaten Federal Spending Bill, Risk of Partial Government Shutdown

Published: Mar 19, 2024
March 19, 2024 The United States Congress and The White House have until midnight this Friday, March 22, 2024, to pass a spending bill for approximately 70% of the federal government, or a partial government shutdown will be set to...

New Jersey Issues First-of-its-Kind Report on COVID-19 Response

Published: Mar 14, 2024
March 14, 2024 On Monday, March 11, 2024, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released a more than 900-page independent report on the state's COVID-19 response, the first such report of its kind released by any state in the nation. As reported on governing.com, the report found that N...
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