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Amidst Growing Demand for Services & Hiring Crisis, Social Workers Face Backlog in Getting Licensed

Published: Jul 13, 2021
Across New Jersey, a mental health crisis is brewing with potentially dire consequences. On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for mental health services has increased exponentially. While providers of mental health services are working tirelessly to support community members ...

Assassination of Haiti President Will Exacerbate Mental Health Challenges in Long-Struggling Country

Published: Jul 9, 2021
Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO On behalf of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, I extend deepest condolences to the family of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, who was assassinated early yesterday morning, and send warmest wishes to ...

Recent Shootings Underscore Need to Eliminate Stigma and Provide Services

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
March 24, 2021 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) is deeply saddened to hear about the loss of lives in the recent shootings in Boulder, CO, and the Atlanta, GA area, and sends heartfelt...

Education Is Needed to Shatter the Myths about Marijuana for Young People

Published: Mar 22, 2021
March 22, 2021 March 22nd through March 28th Is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® On February 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills that legalize cannabis for recreational use, decriminalize marijuana and establish civil penalties for individual...

Brain Power Is Mental Health Power

Updated: Mar 18, 2021
March 15 to 21 Is Brain Awareness Week March 15, 2021 While there are things that currently remain unknown about COVID-19, it is known that it impacts mental health and brain health. Research from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago ha...

Every Body Should Have a Seat at the Table

Published: Mar 8, 2021
Feb. 22, 2021 February 22nd through February 28th Is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health and substance use disorders. An article that was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders (2020) indi...

Connect People with Developmental Disabilities with their Communities

Updated: Mar 8, 2021
March 1, 2021 March Is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Isolation has been a common issue for individuals with disabilities since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, which has worsened the sense of seclusion for many in this vulnerable population. While connections wit...

Gambling Associated with March Madness Could Be Different during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published: Mar 8, 2021
March 5, 2021 March Is Problem Gambling Awareness Month Every March, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds its Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, which is known as March Madness. During March, there are 67 college basketball games that are divided into fou...

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Must Build Bridge to a Better Future for New Jerseyans

Published: Feb 24, 2021
An op-ed written by NJAMHAA President and CEO Debra L. Wentz, PhD, has been published by insidernj.com and ROI-NJ. The op-ed states that the numbers of individuals contending with mental illness, substance use and overdoses have been increasing. These rates have increased due to circumsta...

Gov. Murphy’s Proposed Budget Aims to Improve Economy, Health and Future Opportunities

Published: Feb 24, 2021
February 23, 2021 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) appreciates Governor Phil Murphy's continued focus on addressing the ongoing opioid crisis and pandemic, bolstering youth services wi...

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Updated: Jan 7, 2021
July 29, 2019 Eliminating Stigma and Promoting Cultural Competency to Address Disparities in Mental Health among Minority Groups July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month On July 23, 2019 at the Fifth Annual Reach Higher 2019 Beating the Odds Summit, held at Howard Univer...

NJAMHAA to Honor State and Federal Legislators April 15, 2019

Published: Jul 30, 2019
The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) will honor U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., State Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-19th District) and Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-6th District) during its Courage and Compassion Awards Reception, which will ...
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