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  • NJ A4399
  • Establishes Gold Star Family Counseling Program in DMVA; creates tax credit for certain health care professionals.
Introduced
(12/15/2016)
In Committee
(6/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/26/2017)
Passed
(6/29/2017)
Signed
(7/21/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish the "Gold Star Family Counseling Program" in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). Throughout history, New Jersey residents have answered the call and defended the United States as members of the United States military and as members of the New Jersey National Guard. Unfortunately, some of these brave New Jersey residents have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and have given their life for our freedom. The family members left behind after the untimely deaths of these brave service members, known as Gold Star family members, are often left with emotional wounds who need the caring intervention of a mental health professional to grieve and learn to live with the new reality of their loved one's passing. The Gold Star Family Counseling Program is intended to help provide Gold Star family members with mental health care. The program would consist of the recruitment of health care professionals to provide mental health counseling to Gold Star family members free of charge. Specifically, DMVA is directed to recruit psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, social workers, and family counselors to provide counseling to Gold Star family members. In exchange for the counseling, the mental health care professionals could receive an annual tax credit equal to the compensation foregone for a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 hours of donated counseling time each year. Currently, Gold Star family members who are the spouse, child or parent of the deceased service member can receive mental health counseling through their health care benefits. However, siblings of adult deceased service members and other family members may not qualify for the counseling sessions that are integral to the family members' emotional healing. This bill will provide mental health professionals with greater ability to assist those individuals in New Jersey who have endured the ultimate sacrifice.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Senate Amendments, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.174.  (on 7/21/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.174.
6/29/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (78-0-0)
6/26/2017 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/26/2017 S Passed by the Senate (39-0)
6/26/2017 S Substituted for S2858 (2R)
6/22/2017 S Senate Amendment (32-0) (Beach)
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 *Revised 5/31/17 - S-2180 and S-2793 have been added. S-2490 (1R)
6/1/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-320 (1R), A-1690 (ACS) and A-4587 (2R) are all pending referra)
2/27/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
2/15/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (70-0-0)
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 A-4352 pending referral)
1/30/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
1/19/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 1/19/2017 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
1/19/2017 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
1/19/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 1/19/2017 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
12/15/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 78 0 2
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 39 0 1
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2858 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 32 0 8
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 2/15/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 70 0 10
Detail 1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 11 0 0
Detail 1/19/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 0