ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 1061

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: DECEMBER 10, 2020

 

The Assembly Health Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Assembly Bill No. 1061.

As amended by the committee, this bill requires the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to identify and take appropriate steps to secure federal sources of funding to support maternal mental health in New Jersey. In the case of the Department of Health, the bill specifically provide that the department is to take steps to secure the federal grant that is available to establish, improve, or maintain programs for the screening, assessment, and treatment of maternal depression under section 10005 of the federal 21st Century Cures Act, Pub. L. 114-255, 42 U.S.C. s.247b-13a.

Under the bill as amended, the departments will be required to report to the Legislature concerning their respective efforts to secure and utilize federal funding to support maternal mental health under the bill no later than September 1, 2021. The bill will take effect immediately and will expire on January 1, 2024.

This bill was pre-filed for introduction in the 2020-2021 session pending technical review. As reported, the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed.

As amended and reported by the committee, Assembly Bill No. 1061 is identical to Senate Bill No. 890 (1R) which was reported by the committee on this date.

 

COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS:

The committee amendments update when the Departments of Health and Human Services are required to report to the Legislature concerning their respective efforts to secure and utilize federal funding to support maternal mental health from January 1, 2020 to September 1, 2021.

The committee also amended the bill to: make technical changes to the title of the bill; and update the expiration date of the bill from January 1, 2023 to January 1, 2024.