Advocacy E-News April 30, 2019
April 30, 2019
STATE LAUNCHES REVIEW OF HUMAN SERVICES PAYMENT REFORM
The way community-based organizations are paid by the state to support hundreds of thousands of low-income individuals with behavioral-health and other needs is changing. And although New Jersey has made strides in how the organizations are reimbursed, advocates say still more money is required to deal with a huge unmet need for services.
NJ HUMAN SERVICES MAKES IT EASIER FOR RESIDENTS AT-RISK OF HOMELESSNESS TO GET THE HELP THEY NEED
New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced that the Department is taking action to make it easier for individuals and families who are either homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless to receive critical services and assistance in a timely way.
The Department also announced that New Jerseyans who are SSI recipients may be eligible for additional benefits.
TWO HEALTH ISSUES HAVE HALTED PROGRESS IN HOW LONG WE LIVE
Fewer and fewer people are dying at older and older ages, mostly from chronic conditions. That’s no longer the case, according to 2017 data from the Centers for Disease Control for New Jersey, because of two swelling categories: Drug overdoses and suicides. Suicides rose here by 36% between 2005 and 2017.
DOZENS OF ICE DETAINEES HAVE BEEN PLACED ON SUICIDE WATCH IN A NEW JERSEY FACILITY
Immigrants detained in Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey say they are not receiving adequate mental health care, according to complaints. The detainees say they are not receiving proper psychiatric medication and do not have adequate access to mental health professionals. The mental health issues among immigrant detainees at Essex come on the heals of a recent report based on an unannounced inspection last summer.
THE EMPTY PROMISE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION
If suicide is preventable, why are so many people dying from it? Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and suicide rates just keep rising. Many of the problems that lead people to kill themselves cannot be fixed with a little extra serotonin.