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  • NJ A4468
  • Concerns Early Intervention Support Services program in DOH and expansion of program to all counties.*
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill expands the Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) Programs, currently available in 11 counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, and Ocean), to provide for one program in each county in the State. An EISS program is defined in the bill as a program that provides rapid access to short term, recovery-oriented crisis intervention and crisis stabilization services for up to 30 days to an individual 21 years of age or older with a serious mental illness and includes, but is not limited to, medication, therapy, and case management services, which are offered at an on-site location, other than a hospital, or through outreach in the community. EISS Programs are designed to provide the crisis intervention and stabilization services needed to help prevent the recurrence of a crisis and to reduce overutilization of hospital emergency departments for a behavioral health crisis. The bill provides that each EISS program is to be available to provide services 14 hours per day, seven days a week. Additionally, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is to coordinate with each county Early Intervention Support Services Program in the State to provide for education about the program, and accessibility to the program, to members of the public served by that county program and to those organizations or persons who may be the source of referrals to that program. The bill also requires DHS to utilize the moneys available to it for the program to ensure that funding is available for: expanding the program to each county in the State; and the expansion of a program in existence on the effective date of this bill, based on the needs of the program. Lastly, the bill requires DHS to collect information from each EISS Program in the State. The information would include, but not be limited to, information about the services provided by the program, the utilization of services, and the number of individuals who have been stabilized and referred to treatment in the community. DHS is to issue annual reports, based on the information collected, which would include a review and analysis of the programs in the State and any recommendations for improvements to the program.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Budget and Appropriations, Human Services, Passed Assembly
Senate Amendment (28-0) (Vitale)  (on 12/7/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
12/7/2017 S Senate Amendment (28-0) (Vitale)
11/30/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
11/20/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 11/20/2017 S-3112 / A-4670 and S-3370 are pending referral.)
6/12/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/8/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (74-2-0)
6/1/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-4496 and S-2834 (1R) are both pending referral.)
3/20/2017 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/20/2017 Assembly Human Services Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 )
1/10/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/7/2017 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 12/7/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 27 0 12
Detail 11/20/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 13 0 0
Detail 6/8/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 74 2 4
Detail 6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 9 0 2
Detail 3/20/2017 Assembly Human Services Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 1