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July 2022:  Coming out of the pandemic legislators have recognized the need to address the mental health of New Jersey residents and the importance of improving access. We have seen a large number of bills introduced to address issues from mental health access in schools to improved insurances processes. NJPA has been at the table working with legislators to help craft these bills that would help our patients and our members. 

This year’s Budget allocated $480.5M to bolster mental health services, funds are earmarked for things such as children’s programs, suicide prevention, training more mental health professionals, and crisis hotline, the highest amount that we have ever seen devoted to mental health. 

Advocacy

The New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) is committed to strengthening our political outreach and advocating for the interests of New Jersey psychologists and mental health issues that are important to the public. NJPA is instrumental in maintaining standards of psychological practice in New Jersey, protecting patients’ rights, and supporting public policy. We monitor state rules and laws that regulate the profession, and maintain a liaison with the NJ Board of Psychological Examiners to stay informed about any changes that may affect our members. As an affiliate of the American Psychological Association, NJPA is involved in federal advocacy initiatives and regularly lobbies for federal issues that affect the science and profession of psychology.

Legislation We Support

Above you will find current bills that we are actively supporting. We encourage you to read about this legislation and take action where indicated. You may also use the View Key Legislation button above to view the list of bills we are currently following.  Contact our Committee on Legislative Affairs to comment on our legislative efforts: NJPA Member Legislative Commentary Form

Sign up for alerts!

Above you will find tools to sign up for advocacy alerts, find legislation, and locate your state and federal legislators.

Learn more about state and federal advocacy initiatives related to psychology:

Advocacy At Work

NJPA State Legislative Victories of the Past
NJPA Social Advocacy

NJPA's engagement in Federal Advocacy/Practice Leadership Conference
APA Calls to Action
APA Washington Update

NJPA Advocacy Op-Ed - Telehealth for mental health care should be made permanent | Opinion
See the August 18, 2021 NJPA Op-ED published on NJ.COM