Advocacy E-News March 16, 2018
March 16, 2018
GREYSTONE NEW TRUSTEES HEAR OF VIOLENCE ISSUES
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital’s new board of trustees were told of overcrowding and patient violence at the state-run facility very shortly after being sworn in Thursday afternoon.
According to the figures, 25 of 44 reported assaults at the four state-run psychiatric hospitals during that time took place at Greystone.
NEXT ACQUISITION TARGET IS CARRIER CLINIC
Looking to expand its vast holdings in New Jersey to include more addiction treatment and mental health services, Hackensack Meridian Health announced Thursday it was exploring a partnership with Carrier Clinic in Somerset County. The two entities signed a “letter of intent” to explore how they may work together at a time when deaths from opioid overdoses remain at a record high, CEOs from both companies said in a prepared statement. Teaming up with Carrier would bolster Hackensack Meridian’s growing portfolio of mental health services, the announcement said.
NJ LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR ‘RED FLAG’ GUN LAW THAT WOULD DISARM AT-RISK PEOPLE
The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has reignited an outcry for more rigorous gun control. With students across the nation and lawmakers across the aisle demanding action, states like New Jersey and Delaware are looking to implement risk-based gun removal laws, known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), or “red flag” policy. Under the “red flag” policy, families and law enforcement would have the power to petition for temporary suspension of a person’s access to firearms.
WWE STAR AJ LEE STANDING UP FOR NAMI NJ
AJ Mendez, also known as former WWE star AJ Lee, announced this afternoon on social media that she will be doing a book signing on Saturday, March 24 at Barnes & Noble in East Brunswick, New Jersey (753 New Jersey 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816) to help raise awareness of mental illness and fight its stigma.
HEALTH CARE PLEDGES AMONG MURPHY BUDGET PROPOSALS
Several health care pronouncements figured prominently in Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget address to the state legislature. While the governor also pledged an additional $100 million in a coordinated effort to combat the opioid epidemic, the Mental Health Subsidy Fund will be held at the same level as last year.