OCEAN TOWNSHIP - The Ocean Township District Office of State Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey is relocating from its previous address of 802 West Park Avenue, Suite 221. The legislators’ new Ocean Township District Office is located in the rear building of the same office complex at 802 West Park Avenue, Building 3, 2nd Floor, Suite 302.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Aiming to support students with disabilities who receive Medicaid to support the cost of independent living, Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) joined Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) to introduce a new package of legislation aiming to increase care hours and accommodations for New Jersey residents with disabilities. The legislation, which was developed in response to challenges faced by college student Anna Landre in her efforts to obtain Medicaid assistance for her disability, would provide additional support for Garden State residents looking to study at institutions of higher education.Read more
In the time since I first joined the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, I’ve learned that agriculture involves far more than just farming. New Jersey’s industry extends far beyond that - from greenhouses to gardens, nurseries, and woodlands. Though many don’t realize it, it also reaches into our rivers, our coasts, and our seas.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A new charity drive is asking Monmouth County residents to donate hygiene products, toiletries, and personal care products - basic necessities that are in high demand at local women’s shelters.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Joann Downey released the following statement lauding today’s announcement of over $1.6 million in County Innovation Grants to combat the opioid epidemic in New Jersey:Read more
Downey & Houghtaling Bill to Expand Tuition Reimbursement for Child Psychiatrists Clears Assembly Panel
TRENTON – In nine counties in New Jersey, there are less than five child psychiatrists available to treat the thousands of children who live there.
To address the shortage of child psychiatrists across the state, the Assembly Human Services Committee on Monday advanced legislation to permit psychiatrists who contract with the Department of Children and Families to participate in an existing tuition reimbursement program. The measure (A-1033) is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling.Read more