Advocacy E-news August 27, 2019
August 27, 2019
PREVENTABLE DEATHS AT N.J. PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL SPARK ANGER
The list of Greystone’s failings as a psychiatric hospital are extensive in the New Jersey Office of Public Defender’s ongoing lawsuit against the Murphy administration. But the Public Defender’s lawsuit also raises serious questions about Greystone’s ability to provide adequate medical care.
AG ISSUES DIRECTIVE ENFORCING ‘EXTREME RISK’ GUN SAFETY LAW
NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Aug. 15 issued the nation’s first statewide directive to law enforcement implementing an “extreme risk” gun safety law. The directive, which applies to all 36,000 law enforcement officers in New Jersey, will make it easier for police to keep firearms away from individuals who present a significant danger to themselves or others.
CAMDEN COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT REVISES THE USE OF FORCE POLICY
The Camden County Police Department has been working for years to formulate and finalize a plan with the very focus on the sanctity of life. Under the new policy, officers are trained to hold their fire whenever possible, especially when confronting people with knives showing signs of mental illness.
AGS CALL FOR PRIVACY REGULATION OVERHAUL
Current privacy regulations impede healthcare providers from offering treatment for opioid abuse disorder and should be replaced with more familiar privacy rules found in HIPAA, according to a letter from the National Association of Attorneys General. Congress will need to align rules for disclosing substance use disorder treatment records with the protections against unwanted disclosure already found in HIPAA.