Award to recognize Downey for her commitment to serving New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations.
OCEAN TWP - The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) has named Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) as the State Legislator of the Year in recognition of her work throughout her tenure in the state legislature.
When bestowing the award to Downey, the NJAMHAA specifically cited her sponsorship of legislation to increase telehealth options, restore funding to the School Based Youth Services Program, and expand Early Intervention Support Services.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by such an important stakeholder in our community. I look forward to supporting mental health and addiction awareness well into the future and am thankful for the wonderful impact the NJAMHAA has had on our state,” said Assemblywoman Downey, who is an attorney with a Masters Degree in Social Work.
Downey has sponsored dozens of bills that have been signed into addressing the needs of persons with disabilities as well as those experiencing domestic abuse and opioid addiction. In addition to her work in the legislature, she is a contributing writer to NASW-NJ FOCUS Magazine, the magazine published by the NJ Association of Social Workers. She also has written articles about issues affecting mental health and the disabilities community for the Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press and other publications.
NJAMHAA is composed of the leading mental healthcare and SUD treatment providers who support over 500,000 New Jersey residents with either or both of these health conditions, as well as their families. Established in 1951, NJAMHAA has become recognized as a leader in providing effective advocacy and legislative support to its members and the community at large.