The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) calls for each of us to take action to end systemic racism and senseless violence that further risk the lives and health of our children and our communities.

Vaccinations

The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) supports current immunization requirements for children to attend child care centers, preschool facilities and schools in New Jersey, both public and private, as established by the New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH. Furthermore, we support legislative efforts that strengthen these requirements by passing legislation that allow for only medical exemptions from school-required vaccinations and also support medically indicated exemptions to specific immunizations as determined for each individual child.

Legislators: If you would find it helpful to speak with a New Jersey-based, board certified pediatrician regarding topics addressing vaccines for children, follow this LINK to schedule a call.

 

THE NEW JERSEY CHILD COLLABORATIVE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM IS AT RISK: URGE YOUR LEGISLATORS TO CO-SPONSOR THE WEINBERG/LAMPITT BUDGET RESOLUTION TO RESTORE FULL FUNDING TO SAVE THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM!

For five years, NJ pediatricians and other clinicians have had direct access to regional Hubs staffed with Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAPs) and behavioral health teams to consult with about any patient’s mental or behavioral health needs/concerns. Thanks to this program, hundreds of thousands of children have been screened, and approximately 11,000 children have received support.

The program’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists have consulted with hundreds of pediatricians and other clinicians about patient concerns and offered initial and follow-up evaluations for their urgent patients at no-charge. The hubs’ behavioral health staff have been available to answer questions, and have helped pediatric clinicians, patients, and families by performing screenings, conducting intakes, and connecting children and adolescents with needed therapy and supports in their community.

Thanks to your collective efforts, Governor Murphy’s proposed budget partially funds the New Jersey Child Collaborative Mental Health Program (also known as the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC) and the Pediatric Collaborative, Essex HUB). However, if funding is not fully restored by September 30, the Program is at risk of closure. This is particularly disturbing at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented stress on children that are at greater risk of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.

The Legislators are hearing you and there has been a budget resolution introduced to restore funding to the Program! We have ONE more ask of your time, to request that they take ACTION to fully restore funding. Even if you’ve already done so previously, please make one more contact and email Your Legislators today, asking them to co-sponsor the Weinberg/Lampitt budget resolution to restore funding to the Child Collaborative Mental Health Pilot Program (name of the program as it appears in the budget) to keep this Program open!

“PLEASE Clink on the “Take Action” links below to tell Governor Murphy and the Legislature to SAVE the NEW JERSEY CHILD COLLABORATIVE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM”. 

NJAAP Announces
New Career Center

NJAAP is proud to announce its new NJAAP Career Center – the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified pediatric talent. The Career Center will provide employers with a seamless way to advertise a job. Job seekers gain easy access to career opportunities in pediatrics. You will need to create an account through the Career Center to post a position or apply for a job. You will be able to access the Career Center through any device of your choice- smartphone, tablet, or desktop with easy one click entry (links to your NJAAP account).

NJAAP Training Institute

Fostering Safe and Supportive School Environments

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school re-opening comes with new challenges and unknowns. The NJAAP Training Institute is committed to improving the health, safety, and well-being of all children across the state. To support all school staff as students return to school, the institute is offering professional development opportunities to bridge the gap between research and practice to employ trauma responsive strategies and help all students thrive. Topics are listed below and can be adapted to meet the needs of districts and schools across the state. A focus on culturally responsive approaches to SEL and trauma-responsive schools will be integrated into all professional development opportunities.

THE AGENDA FOR CHILDREN

The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, believes every newborn, infant, child, adolescent and young adult should have access to the highest quality of medical care available, care that is most capably provided by a pediatrician led healthcare team, which is highly trained, credentialed and experienced in all aspects of the development and medical diagnosis and care of children at every age.

THE Statewide PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRY COLLABORATIVE IS NOW offering telepyschiatry services

The Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC) is available at hospital-based hubs in your area*.  To learn more about & join the Collaborative that can provide you with quick access to psychiatric consultation and referrals to mental/behavioral health and substance use resources and support for your patients and their families, click here.

*Essex County served by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. Click here for more information.

Help us pick the winners for our #stayconnected Contest

The entries are in for NJAAP #stayconnected Contest. We are having such a hard time choosing the winner in each category. This is where you come in. Vote for the top entry in each age group. We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all that entered. It was a hard decision.
Send your vote into lreinhardt@njaap.org, Subject: Contest.

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