MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS: COMMUNITY NEEDS CAN’T BE MET

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS: COMMUNITY NEEDS CAN’T BE MET

BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS AND DELAYS LEAVE SOCIAL WORKERS WITHOUT LICENSES AND CONSUMERS WITHOUT ACCESS TO SERVICES

July 14, 2021—Over 160 social workers, legislators and agency leaders showed up this morning to provide virtual public comment and share their first-hand experiences with a non-responsive and broken licensing board that is creating a community crisis.

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Downey Blasts Ciattarelli on his Anti LGBTQ+ Statement

Legislative Sponsors of LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Law Blast Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli on Homophobic Remarks

TRENTON – In a joint statement today, the leading legislative sponsors of New Jersey’s landmark LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum law, Senators Weinberg and Ruiz and Assemblywomen Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, and Downey as well as former Assemblyman Eustace and now Mayor of Trenton Gusciora, denounced Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s homophobic comments:

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ASSEMBLY DEMOCRAT SPONSORED BILL TO CREATE THE ‘NJ DEBT DEFEASANCE AND PREVENTION FUND’ CLEARS THE ASSEMBLY

Measure Sponsored by Assembly Members Freiman, Armato, Pintor Marin, Mazzeo, Houghtaling, & Speaker Coughlin

To ensure the State’s repayment of the New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act secured at the height of the pandemic last year to help mitigate the impact of the public health crisis, legislation sponsored to establish the “New Jersey Debt Defeasance and Prevention Fund” for the purposes of retiring and setting aside full payments of State debt such as bonds.

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Downey Bill to allow overseas citizens to vote in State elections passes Assembly

(TRENTON) – Currently, any citizen of the United States who is overseas with uncertain intent to return to America is permitted to vote in federal elections in New Jersey via overseas ballot.   Assembly Democrats Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden, Gloucester) sponsored legislation approved by the full Assembly on Thursday 49-25-1 that would change the definition of “overseas voter”.

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NOW LAW: LAMPITT & DOWNEY BILL PERMITTING AUTHORIZATION OF MEDICAL CANNABIS USE VIA TELEMEDICINE, TELEHEALTH

In an effort to help more New Jersey patients access the pain relief they need, Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey sponsor a bill that would allow health care practitioners to remotely authorize medical marijuana use via telemedicine/telehealth. The legislation was signed into law Thursday.

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Downey Receives NJAMHAA State Legislator of the Year Award

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. 

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