Advocacy at work: 

Bills passed to date in 2022:

A-4385 - This bill makes various revisions to P.L.2021, c.454, which pertains to electronic medical records and recording patients’ demographic information.  Specifically, the bill provides that the cultural competency training programs hospitals and clinical laboratories are required to implement under P.L.2021, c.454 are to include training on how to collect race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity in a culturally competent and sensitive manner. Signed 6/27/22 

S-722 - Codifies and expands the Alternative Response to Reduce Instances of Violence and Escalation (ARRIVE) Together Pilot Program and appropriates $2 million.  The expanded program is to provide accessible crisis intervention, mental health screening, or other support to individuals experiencing mental health crisis who have contacted or are engaging with law enforcement.  The amended committee substitute requires the Attorney General, within the limits of available funding, to select for participation in the pilot program expansion two municipalities in each of the northern, central, and southern regions of the State that meet certain conditions. The selection of municipalities would not exclude participation by other counties or municipalities in the pilot program.  Signed 6/30/22 

A-3007 - This bill requires each public and independent institution of higher education, beginning with the 2021-2022, academic year to: ensure that all on-campus students have access to campus-based mental health care programs and services; provide assistance and referrals to mental health support services to any student unable to access on-campus services; and provide each newly-enrolled student with information concerning the location and availability of those programs and services.  The bill also requires, beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year, each public and independent institution of higher education to establish and maintain, on a 24-hour basis, a toll-free telephone hotline for students.  The hotline will receive and respond to calls from students seeking counseling for depression, anxiety, stress, or other psychological or emotional tension, trauma, or disorder.  The operators of the hotline will seek to identify those callers who should be referred to additional counseling services, and to provide such referrals.  Signed 1/18/22 

A-3975 - would generally prevent the disclosure of a patient’s medical records related to reproductive health care without their consent in any civil, probate, legislative or administrative proceeding. It would also prohibit public entities and employees from cooperating with interstate investigations aiming to hold someone liable for seeking, receiving, facilitating, or providing reproductive health care services that are legal in New Jersey.  It would further protect providers by prohibiting New Jersey licensing boards from suspending, revoking, or refusing to renew the license or registration of a professional based solely on their involvement in the provision of reproductive health care services.  Signed 7/1/20

A-3974 - would prevent the extradition of an individual within New Jersey to another state for receiving, providing, or facilitating reproductive health care services that are legal in New Jersey.  Signed 7/1/22 

A-311 Revises a provision making contracted crisis hotline centers responsible for ascertaining whether a 9-8-8 caller has children to instead provide that contracted crisis hotline centers are to attempt to ascertain whether a 9-8-8 caller has children.  The amendments additionally provide that the crisis hotline centers are to make this inquiry only when it would not interfere with responding to an emergency.   The Assembly amendments clarify that, when a crisis hotline center determines a 9-8-8 caller has children, the center will make a referral to appropriate services offered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or any other referral agency, which may include the Children’s System of Care in the DCF.  Prior to amendment, the provision required all such referrals be made to the Children’s System of Care.  Signed 6/30/22