NJAMHAA in the News


News Stories from 2022-2024

How providers grapple with ongoing issue of loneliness that is exacerbating mental health crisisDr. Debra Wentz, President and CEO, NJAMHAA, and members interviewed, May 29, 2024

NJ Now, “Mental health long-term impacts for kids,” Interview with NJAMHAA Board Member Dr. Tara Chalakani, CEO, Preferred Behavioral Health Group, May 5, 2024

NJ Spotlight News, “Mental health and the rise of fentanyl overdoses,” Op-ed by Bob Budsock, NJAMHAA Board Member and Pres./CEO of Integrity House, and Carolyn Beauchamp, Pres./CEO, Mental Health Association in New Jersey, May 3, 2024

MosaicNJ.com, “New Jersey should invest in all its residents’ behavioral health care,” Op-ed by Debra Wentz, April 23, 2024

NJ.com/Star-Ledger, “Thousands of disabled kids and adults denied ‘life-altering’ help in N.J. budget, advocates say,” Debra Wentz quoted, April 21, 2024

NJ Spotlight News, “Advocates, health professionals plead for more money for youth mental health,” Debra Wentz interviewed, April 17, 2024

NJ101.5, “Is NJ stepping on parents' toes? Controversial youth mental-health bill advances,” Mary Abrams interviewed, February 28, 2024

Northjersey.com, “Sheriff’s death puts spotlight on the most stressful jobs. Here are warning signs to watch”, Debra Wentz interviewed, February 5, 2024

Northjersey.com, “Every NJ resident struggling with mental health deserves recovery, success. Here's how,” Op-ed by Shauna Moses, February 2, 2024

NJ Morning Show, Dr. Tara Chalakani, NJAMHAA Board Member, Talks about Mental Health Issues, January 30, 2024

NJ.com, “New Jersey must invest to meet the state’s increased behavioral health care needs”, Op ed piece by Debra Wentz, January 22, 2024

New Jersey Business Today, “Reducing the Stigma of Men’s Mental Health”, Dr. Frank Ghinassi interviewed, January 11, 2024

ROI.NJ.com, “Mental health in mind: Expert says holiday season can be challenging time for those grappling with stress, blues and other issues,” Shauna Moses interviewed, January 8, 2024

Northjersey.com, “Do mental health apps work? NJ therapists review BetterHelp, Calm and other options”, Debra Wentz interviewed, January 2, 2024

NJB Magazine. “Holiday Blues Underscore the Importance of Self-Care,” December 8, 2023

Northjersey.com, “NJ employees are stressed. How to keep the Israel-Hamas War from tearing a workplace apart”, Debra Wentz interviewed, November 14, 2023

Debra L. Wentz, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, was featured on The Think Factory Podcast, Nov. 7, 2023. She spoke about her remarkable journey from French literature to advocating for mental health and addiction services as she shares her passion for helping others and embracing cultural diversity. Learn about her impactful work, including the Sri Lankan Mental Health Relief Project, and how she turned serendipity and tragedy into a life-changing mission, addressing the stigma around mental health and workforce shortages in the industry.

The Trentonian, “Compassion Is Needed to Combat Addiction,” Op-ed by Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, and Robert J. Budsock, MS, LCADC, President and CEO of Integrity House and a NJAMHAA Board member, October 5, 2023

Asbury Park Press, “Overcoming stigma can literally save lives in New Jersey. Here's how”, Op-ed by Shauna Moses, NJAMHAA's Vice President, Public Affairs and Member Services, September 22, 2023

InsiderNJ.com, “Mental Health Month Focuses on Looking Around and Within to Improve Mental Health,” NJAMHAA’s press release published in its entirety, May 1, 2023

WHYY, “Could adult disability and mental health programs receive more funding in New Jersey’s budget this year? - Lawmakers are considering establishing a yearly cost-of-living rate adjustment for adult disability and mental health services.,” Debra Wentz and member Matt Binder interviewed, April 25, 2023

NJ Spotlight News, “Speed saves: Acting fast is key to preventing teen suicides,” Mary Abrams and members interviewed, March 7, 2023

InsiderNJ.com; NJAMHAA Applauds Increased Funding for the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce in Governor Murphy’s Proposed FY2024 Budget,” Statement from Debra Wentz, February 28, 2023

Star-Ledger, “Behavioral health partners help all New Jerseyeans lead better lives,” Op-ed by Debra Wentz, February 27, 2023

Press of Atlantic City, “Fund behavioral care to strengthen individuals and state,” Op-ed by Debra Wentz, February 22, 2023

Burlington County Times, “Why New Jersey needs more mental health professionals - now,” Op-ed by Debra Wetnz, February 14, 2023

Northjersey.com, “Why New Jersey needs more mental health professionals — now,” Op-ed by Debra Wentz, February 14, 2023

New Jersey Business Magazine, “Greater Investment in the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Is Needed: NJAMHAA Launches ‘Diverse Faces: Partners in Care’ Campaign, January 19, 2023

NJ Spotlight News, “NJ is short on psychiatrists. Lawmakers take steps to get more,” Mary Abrams and Frank Ghinassi interviewed, December 14, 2022

NJ101.5, “Signs of the Holiday Blues and how to Cope with Them,” Debra Wentz interviewed, November 17, 2022

NJ101.5, “Feel Sad? Seasonal Affective Disorder Bac in NJ as Clocks Change,” Debra Wentz interviewed about seasonal affective disorder, November 2, 2022 

ROI-NJ, “‘Anxious time in the world’: Need for mental health services for youth remains dire,” Debra Wentz and several members interviewed, August 10, 2022 

Northjersey.com, New Jersey’s new budget can increase quality of life for diverse communities,” Op-ed by Debra Wentz, July 14, 2022

WBGO, “National Suicide Hotline Begins Operation July 16 --- 988,” Mary Abrams, NJAMHAA's Senior Health Policy Analyst, interviewed, July 12, 2022 

Star-Ledger, “Three-digit answer to time of distress: 988,” Mary Abrams interviewed, July 12, 2022

NJ Spotlight News, “Op-Ed: NJ’s opioid settlement money is a chance to make serious changes” by Board Member Robert J. Budsock, July 8, 2022 

Bergen Record/northjersey.com, “NJ residents in mental health crisis can get help by dialing 988 starting July 16,” Mary Abrams interviewed, June 30, 2022

NJ Spotlight News, “There’s a new number to call for crisis and suicide prevention,” Several members were interviewed, June 16, 2022 

Debra Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO of  NJAMHAA, sharedr thoughts on how the gun violence epidemic and other crisis are weighing on people’s mental health and offers some ways to seek help and utilize resources on PHL17's In Focus program, June 11, 2022

NJ Spotlight News, “The mental health challenge: Real questions, expert answers,” Highlights of a panel discussion on which Debra Wentz and members Dr. Frank Ghinassi and Dr. Margaret Swarbrick participated, June 8, 2022 

"We need to prioritize mental health care," Op-ed piece by Debra L. Wentz, PhD, Star-Ledger, May 20, 2022

InsiderNJ.com, “Several NJAMHAA Priorities Addressed in Governor Murphy’s Budget Address,” Press release printed in its entirety, March 8, 2022

InsiderNJ.com, “NJAMHAA: Behavioral Health Services Empower Diverse Individuals to Achieve Many Successes,” Press release printed in its entirety, Feb. 16, 2022

NJ Spotlight News, “Suicide hotline will route expert help to caller’s home — without involving police,” Feb. 7, 2022

E.W. Scripps Television Stations, “Ongoing COVID pandemic could be making 'winter blues' more intense,” Debra Wentz interviewed, Jan. 6, 2022

Mental Health Weekly, “New Jersey provider association dedicates new website to increasing equity,” Based on NJAMHAA press release/Debra L. Wentz quoted, January 3, 202

Mental Health Weekly, “Readers bracing for 2022 amid pandemic, workforce challenges,” Debra Wentz interviewed, January 3, 2022



News Stories from 2021

South Jersey Observer.com, “Jewish Family Service Staff Member Moses Gbadebo,” includes mention of Moses receiving a NJAMHAA award, December 7, 2021

NJ Spotlight News, “NJ colleges urged to help students struggling with mental health issues,” Shauna Moses, NJAMHAA’s Vice President, Public Affairs and Member Services, interviewed, Nov. 30, 2021

Star-Ledger, “New Jerseyans with mental health and substance-use needs may lose critical help unless Congress acts,” Op-ed by Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, Nov. 17, 2021

NJ101.5, “As Clocks Turn Back, Seasonal Affective Disorder Returns to NJ,” Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA, interviewed, November 8, 2021

NJBIA.org [New Jersey Business and Industry Association], “NJBIA Receives NJAMHAA’s ‘Making the Business Case’ Award,” October 13 2021

NJ Spotlight News, “Mental health community program works, study says,” Oct. 13, 2021

ROI-NJ, “Report: N.J. becoming leader in behavioral health due to CCBHC model,” Oct. 11, 2021 

PHL17 In Focus, “World Mental Health Day: Identifying Signs of Depression and Anxiety,” October 4, 2021

Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network, “Access to Behavioral Healthcare Services Needed in Times of Crisis, Says NJAMHAA,” Full press release published, Aug. 18, 2021

ROI-NJ: "Supply and demand: In mental healt sector, pandemic is straining profession already streched thin by low wages, other factors"; Debra Wentz, Donald Parker and Michelle Borden Interviewed (August 10, 2021)

Courier Post, Letters to the Editor, "More Funds Needed for Mental Health Care", July 5, 2021

NJ.com, Op-Ed: "After COVID, Mental Health and Substance Use Issues Have Grown. We Need More Money to Handle It," June 21, 2021

Insidernj.com, “Self-Care Is Critical for Workers’ Wellbeing, Especially in Health Care,” full press release published, May 27, 2021

Insidernj.com, “Kindness and Support Create Inclusivity for People with Autism,” full press release published, April 7, 2021

Insidernj.com, “Gambling Associated with March Madness Could Be Different during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” full press release published, March 4, 2021

Insidernj.com, “Connect People with Developmental Disabilities to their Communities,” full press release published, March 1, 2021

ROI-NJ, “Murphy’s budget lauded by leading health care associations,” Feb. 24, 2021

ROI-NJ, Op-Ed: “Fiscal 2022 budget must build bridge to better future for Jerseyans,” February 18, 2021

Insidernj.com, Op-Ed: “FY2022 Budget Must Build a Bridge to a Better Future for New Jerseyans,” February 18, 2021

KYW 1060 AM/103.9 FM, “New Jersey Site Offers Mental Health Help with Digital Therapy," February 5, 2021 

NJ 101.5, “Before COVID, Therapy Access Was Already a Problem in New Jersey,” January 19, 2021

News Stories from 2020


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