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  • NJ S2844
  • Eliminates certificate of need requirement for inpatient psychiatric hospital beds for treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorder dual diagnosis.
Introduced
(12/5/2016)
In Committee
(2/27/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/19/2017)
Passed
(6/22/2017)
Signed
(7/3/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would eliminate the requirement that a health care facility obtain a certificate of need from the Department of Health (DOH) to develop inpatient treatment beds for treatment of patients who have both a psychiatric and a substance use disorder. It is common for psychiatric diagnoses and substance use disorders to co-occur in the same individual, but New Jersey lacks sufficient capacity to provide necessary treatment for these individuals. Current law permits the development of substance use disorder treatment beds without a certificate of need, but requires prior permission from the DOH to develop psychiatric or dual diagnosis beds. There has been no call for applications for such a certificate of need in over a decade. The current opioid crisis highlights the need to expand treatment capacity in New Jersey. Recent changes in federal and State law, including the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act, have expanded government and private health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment, making such services more financially sustainable. This bill hopes to improve the availability of treatment to individuals in need of both mental health and substance use treatment.
2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Gov/Recommendations, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate, Received by the Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.94.  (on 7/3/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
7/3/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.94.
6/22/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (75-0-0)
6/22/2017 A Received in the Assembly on Concurrence with Gov. Recommend.
6/19/2017 S Passed by the Senate (36-0)
5/25/2017 S 2nd Reading in the Senate on Concur. w/Governor's Recommend. (37-0)
5/1/2017 S Conditional Veto, Received in the Senate
3/16/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (74-0-0)
3/16/2017 A Substituted for A4425
3/16/2017 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
3/13/2017 S Passed by the Senate (37-0)
2/27/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
2/27/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 2/27/2017 A-3785 is pending referral.)
1/9/2017 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
1/9/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
1/9/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (13:00 1/9/2017 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
12/5/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 75 0 5
Detail 6/19/2017 Senate Floor: Concur Governor Recommendations 36 0 4
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Adopt Governor Recommendations 37 0 3
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 0 6
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4425 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 2/27/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 2
Detail 1/9/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee: Reported Favorably 9 0 0