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Lampitt, Benson, Vainieri Huttle, Tucker, Wimberly & Downey Bill to Help Residents with Disabilities Access Services Signed into LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Cleopatra Tucker, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to increase awareness of the application processes for programs and services available to New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities has been signed into law.
"For many individuals with developmental disabilities, the ability to live independently and be economically stable depends on the ability to access the appropriate housing, transportation and the proper medical and behavioral care. Unfortunately, gaining that access can be a complex and confusing process," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "This legislation will help ensure that residents of New Jersey who have developmental disabilities can get the services they need."
Coughlin, Lampitt, Singleton, Benson, Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Add Cyber-Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Becomes Law(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin, Pamela Lampitt, Troy Singleton, Daniel Benson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera to bolster protections against cyber-harassment for domestic violence victims in New Jersey was signed into law on Monday.
The new law (formerly A-1946) adds cyber-harassment to the list of crimes considered domestic violence under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991." In doing so, the law allows temporary and permanent restraining orders on the grounds that the person seeking the order is a victim of cyber-harassment.
"The internet is being used as another way for domestic violence predators to stalk and harass their victims," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "It's time to put cyber-stalking and harassment on the books to continue to protect domestic violence victims under the law."
Lampitt Bill to Ensure Health Insurance Carriers Cover Treatment for Children Suffering from Depression Clears Assembly Panel(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt to require health benefits coverage for juvenile depression screenings was approved to advance by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Monday.
The legislation describes clinical depression as a condition characterized by persistent unhappiness or a loss of interest or pleasure in most activities. Further, depression can negatively affect the developmental trajectories of affected youth. Major depressive disorder in children and adolescents is strongly associated with recurrent depression in adulthood; other mental disorders; and increased suicidal risk.
"Depression is associated with higher levels of stress and anxiety and can affect a teen's personal, school, work, social, and family life, leading to social isolation and other problems," said Lampitt (D-Camden, Burlington). "Early diagnosis is essential to the effective treatment of depression in young people."