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NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma Hosts Media Roundtable

Updated: Sep 29, 2022
September 26, 2022 Dr. Otto Wahl, Author of Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness, to Deliver Keynote and Anti-Stigma Guidelines at this Event October 3, 2022 After a hiatus of several years, the Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma* was reactivated in January 2022. U...

Biden Administration Awards More than $1.6B for Communities Addressing Addiction, Overdose Crisis

Published: Sep 29, 2022
September 29, 2022 The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced last week that more than $1.6 ...

CMS Makes Public Additional Medicare-Certified Nursing Home Ownership Data

Published: Sep 27, 2022
September 27, 2022 On September 26, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced it is making additional data publicly available that will provide more information about the ownership of all Medic...

Report Demonstrates Potential Impacts of Climate Change with Focus on Human Health

Published: Sep 26, 2022
September 26, 2022 Earlier this week, the New Jersey Departments of Health and Environmental Protection have released the first supplement to the 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change, which presented the latest and most reliable scientific information on the current and...

NJ Set to Continue Path to $15 Minimum Wage

Published: Sep 22, 2022
September 22, 2022 In February of 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey from $8.85 to $10 an hour later that year. The same legislation put New Jersey on the path to have a $15 minimum wage by 2024. On January 1, 2020, the minimum wage...

NJ OAG Announces Availability of Funds for Creation of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Sites

Published: Sep 20, 2022
September 20, 2022 The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has issued a Notice of Availability of Funds for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) Category 2: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Sites...

NJ Is Ready to Continue Coverage for Preventive Care, regardless of Court Ruling that Threatens ACA

Updated: Sep 15, 2022
September 15, 2022 On September 7, 2022, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled in favor of a group claiming that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, requirements to cover HIV prevention drugs violate their religious freedoms. In his ruling, District Judge O'Conno...

New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Issues Interim Guidance on Workplace Impairment

Published: Sep 13, 2022
September 13, 2022 On Friday, September 9, 2022, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (NJ-CRC) issued temporary guidance for identifying and taking action against workplace impairment, specifically from cannabis. As stated in the guidance, the NJ-CRC "is charged with pres...

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 ...
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