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  • NJ A4425
  • Eliminates certificate of need requirement for inpatient hospital beds for treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorder dual diagnosis.
Introduced
(12/15/2016)
In Committee
(2/27/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/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 Assembly, Health and Senior Services, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S2844  (on 3/16/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
3/16/2017 A Substituted by S2844
2/27/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/27/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (19:00 2/27/2017 A-4620 (Conaway) (pending intro & referral) Prohibits use of cou)
12/15/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 2/27/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 2