In the Words of One Family Member - Why We Need Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Funding Added to the FY2020 Budget



Please view the video to hear Cynthia’s plea to include $25 million in the FY2020 budget to support mental health and substance use treatment programs. If the video above does not load, please click here to view the video.


Help reinforce our message by sending this video to your local representatives, local media outlets and the key legislators listed below:


SPEAKER COUGHLIN - AsmCoughlin@njleg.org





ASMB. BUDGET CHAIR PINTOR MARIN - AswPintorMarin@njleg.org


The FFS Budget Resolution would provide $25 million supplemental funding for providers of mental health and substance use treatment to cover deficits they are operating under due to several inadequate reimbursement rates under the fee-for-service reimbursement system.

Providers should not be paid less for doing the same work they previously did under contract.  Deficits have led to letting go of staff, including psychiatrists, and program closures.  Until the independent study of rates (required under a law you passed in May of 2017, with an RFP currently open) is undertaken, providers should be kept whole.

The Integrated Care Resolution represents an initial $10 million investment in bringing needed care to the individuals served who are known to have acute co-morbidities that shorten their life expectancy and comprise a large portion of the population known as “high utilizers”.  Burdensome regulatory requirements and a lack of capital funding are preventing organizations from providing invaluable and cost-effective integrated care.

Both Resolutions will assist in addressing the opioid crisis, preventing suicides and treating children and adults in a timely manner, saving lives!




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