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Angelini encourages responsible drinking awareness at Rutgers panel

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Mary Pat Angelini

Mary Pat Angelini did not know what a keg stand was when she was in college.

The New Jersey assemblywoman, along with a group of panelists, spoke yesterday in the Livingston Student Center and brought up the cultural shift in alcohol consumption, which has increased in intensity and frequency since the panelists attended college.

The Good Samaritan Policy, also known as the 911: Lifeline Legislation, was passed in 2009 and offers underage drinkers immunity from prosecution if they call the police on behalf of other underage drinkers in need of medical attention.

The Scarlet Honor Council invited Angelini and a panel of public policy experts to speak yesterday to promote awareness of this law.

Lieutenant Paul Fischer of the Rutgers University Police Department said when students are not thinking clearly, avoiding getting into trouble can outweigh helping a friend who might be dying in front of their eyes.

“Our legislators need to hear about these issues,” Angelini said.

Legislators did not hear about the 1,800 college students who died from alcohol poisoning in the United States over the last year or the more than 97,000 who were sexually assaulted in an alcohol-related context, she said.

For Angelini, it is impossible to talk about alcohol abuse without the other crimes and issues associated with it.

Alcohol shows up in everything, Fischer said.

“I have the misfortune of having a job where I show up when people have lost the battle with alcohol abuse,” he said.

Joe DiMichele, director of Student Conduct, read the official wording of the law, which outlines the requirements for a student receiving immunity.

The immunity applies to any underage person who calls 911 reporting another underage person in need of medical assistance, according to the New Jersey National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s website.

The caller needs to be the first to make the report, provide his or her name and remain at the scene until emergency personnel arrive, according to NCADDNJ.org.

The amount of drugs in possession must be consistent with personal use, Fischer said. He emphasized that drinkers have no need to flee the scene, especially because medical personnel need urgent information about the person in trouble.

Elizabeth Amaya-Fernandez, a health education specialist at Rutgers Health Services, said trying to teach students this information is a tough job. She said it is important to be honest about alcohol and drugs.

Health Services attends every student orientation and transfer seminar, trying to reach as many people as possible.

Since the school year started, about 13 students have made emergency calls or have been stopped by police officers for alcohol-related issues each weekend.

These students are sent to a counseling program run by the Office of Student Conduct, which DiMichele calls “restorative justice.”

Angelini opposes a blanket legalization of drugs, an issue that has recently made headlines after several states approved the legalization of marijuana.

“The brain is not formed completely until you’re about 25 years old, so [these drugs] affect your brain,” she said.

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Angelini Lauds Historic Mid-Term Election of Women to Congress


Congress Has 100 Women for the First Time in History

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini lauded an important accomplishment for women on election night, as for the first time in American history, the number of women sitting in Congress hit triple digits to 100 on Tuesday, November 4th.

Mary Pat Angelini

“This mid-term election marked an historic accomplishment for women,” said Angelini. “There have never been as many women in Congress at one time, which shows that women are continuing to make strides in the political arena.”

Angelini said there were also some other notable firsts for women this mid-term election, including Iowa electing its first woman ever to the House or the Senate—the Senate’s first female combat veteran. In addition, the first African American Republican woman was elected to Congress, plus the youngest woman at 30 was elected to Congress from New York. New Jersey also ended a decade long period in which we did not have a female among our congressional delegation.

“I’m thrilled to see more women playing a role in our government,” said Angelini. “With so many critical issues facing women, it’s vital to have their voices heard in Congress. And while election night marked an historical achievement for women, we must continue to move forward by supporting and engaging women to attain leadership roles.”

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Angelini receives leadership award

Source: Atlanticville -

State Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) was selected by the board of trustees of Children’s Aid and Family Services to receive the 2014 Building Futures Government Leadership Award for her commitment and support of children and families in New Jersey.

Mary Pat Angelini

“The work that Children’s Aid and Family Services does to help protect children in our communities is invaluable. It is a great honor to receive this leadership award from a compassionate organization that helps meet the social, educational, and emotional needs of vulnerable children and their families.” — Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini

Each year through its Building Futures Awards, Children’s Aid and Family Services — one of northern New Jersey’s leading nonprofit providers of human services and child welfare programs — honors individuals, companies and organizations dedicated to improving the community through supporting children and families.

“Children’s Aid and Family Services is delighted to be honoring Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini at our Building Futures Awards,” said Bob Jones, president and CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services, in a press release. “Her commitment to drug- and alcohol-abuse prevention and education in New Jersey has made a huge difference in the lives of young people across the state,” he added.

“The work that Children’s Aid and Family Services does to help protect children in our communities is invaluable,” Angelini said. “It is a great honor to receive this leadership award from a compassionate organization that helps meet the social, educational, and emotional needs of vulnerable children and their families.”

Angelini accepted her Government Leadership Award at the Building Futures Awards Presentation, which was held at the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood on Sept. 30.

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Committee Approves Angelini Measure Improving Mental Health and Drug Treatment in Prisons

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini improving the quality of mental health and substance abuse treatment for inmates was approved by the Assembly Human Services committee today. Angelini’s bill (A-3722) requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) to share the authority over prison-based treatment centers.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Mental health issues and drugs are huge contributors to violence and crime in our neighborhoods,” said Angelini, the Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader. “Inmates suffering from addiction or mental health issues will eventually serve their time and return to society. Better treatment can help prepare them for a crime-free life and make our streets safer.”

By establishing interagency oversight in the prisons, the measure ensures that treatment standards and protocols are consistent so when prisoners get out, their treatment can continue on the same path, said Angelini, R – Monmouth.

During the meeting, held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the committee heard from invited experts on opioid addiction.

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Angelini on Combating the Surge of Heroin Abuse in New Jersey [video]

Mary Pat Angelini

Source: Assembly Republican Video -

In this week’s Republican Weekly Address, Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini, who is deputy conference leader, talks about the need to fight heroin addiction through legislative action.

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Angelini Commends Governor Christie for Working to Combat Substance Abuse

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Applauds Governor for Addressing Stigma Associated with Addiction, Increasing Awareness of Drug-Related Issues

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Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini commended New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for holding a drug recovery conference focused on reducing the stigma associated with addiction and treatment and to raise broader awareness of drug-related issues.

The conference, co-hosted by Pastor Joe A. Carter, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 30th at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and brought together advocacy groups, individuals who have battled addiction, and organizations involved in treatment work.

“This call to action by Governor Christie to put an end to the stigma associated with drug addiction is another giant step forward in New Jersey’s battle against an insidious drug abuse epidemic that is affecting so many people in our area,” said Angelini. “I applaud Governor Christie for making it a top priority of his to further educate the public about substance abuse and for focusing on long-term solutions such as recovery and treatment options.”

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Unsafe, filthy boarding homes target of Angelini bill requiring state to post inspection reports

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State and local officials would be given 72 hours to post inspection reports online for boarding homes and shelters that fail inspection for violating health and safety codes, under a bill that passed a state Assembly committee today.

The state Department of Human Services would also be notified of the facilities that rack up of serious offenses, according to the bill, (A3175) so the agency that places homeless people with mental illnesses may make the most informed choice.

Praised by mental health advocates, the passed by a 5-0 vote by the Assembly Human Services Committee.

Barbara Johnson of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey said she hoped posting the report “would be an incentive for the operators” to make repairs. “We don’t want people to be placed in homes that are unsafe.”

The responsibility for posting the reports online would fall to the state Department of Community Affairs, which conducts the inspections for most shelters, residential health care facilities and boarding homes. Municipalities that conduct inspections would be required to file the reports with the DCA, according to the bill.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Providing a window into the living conditions in these homes will expose facility operators to public scrutiny,” said Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of the bill. “No longer can sub-standard conditions continue behind a veil of secrecy. Transparency increases accountability.”

Mary Lynn Reynolds, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Southwestern New Jersey, told the committee she hoped more inspectors would be hired in order to implement the legislation if it is signed into law.

“The Department of Community Services’ division that inspects boarding homes has a total of 6 staff for the entire for the state, (covering) 700 facilities,” she said. “They will tell you up front they triage complaints that are coming in.”

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Angelini’s Push for Hunger Action Month Gets Unanimous Support of Assembly Panel

TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 22, 2014 - The Assembly Human Services committee today unanimously approved a joint resolution sponsored by Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini making September of each year “Hunger Action Month” in New Jersey. Angelini first introduced the measure (AJR-79) to the Assembly on Sept. 18.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Hunger is a silent, but serious concern in our state,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “One in 10 New Jersey residents are concerned about their next meal, and food pantries across the state face a daily struggle to meet demand. Families in every part of the state go hungry at times, but they suffer in silence.

“Poor nutrition can lead to serious medical problems that are costly to treat, and in children, the health dangers are even more threatening,” continued Angelini. “Our goal is to inspire the good people in our state to take an active role combating this problem and help feed the hungry, not only during the month of September, but all year long.”

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Assembly Panel Clears Bucco & Angelini Bill To Improve the Quality of Life in Residential Care Centers

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Republican Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco and Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini are sponsors of legislation intended to improve living conditions at residential health care centers, boarding homes and homeless shelters. Their bill (A-3175) requiring inspection reports from the facilities to be published for public review on the Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) website, was approved today by the Assembly Human Services Committee.

Anthony M. Bucco

“The families of those cared for at these facilities deserve to know about conditions inside, and the level of care being provided. The transparency created by posting the details of inspections online will lead to better care and attention,” said Bucco, R – Morris and Somerset. “Some of these facilities are poorly run. People who need help deserve better, and making the information public will pressure the operators to make improvements.”

DCA officials provide inspections of residential health care facilities, while local officials are responsible for emergency shelters for the homeless and rooming and boarding houses. Under the bill, the commissioner of DCA will establish standard inspection practices.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Providing a window into the living conditions in these homes will expose facility operators to public scrutiny,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “No longer can sub-standard conditions continue behind a veil of secrecy. Transparency increases accountability.”

The companion version of the bill, S-1856, passed the Senate unanimously in June.

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Assembly Panel Clears McHose & Angelini Bill Promoting Educational Opportunities for Veterans

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Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose and Mary Pat Angelini’s resolution establishing “Veterans’ Education Awareness Week” won unanimous support today from the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Alison Littell McHose

“Too often we hear about returning veterans who are not aware of the resources available to them to help prepare them for life after the military,” said McHose, R – Sussex, Warren and Morris. “Promoting the beneficial educational opportunities available will help launch hard-working veterans on the successful career path they deserve,” said McHose. Her husband Morgan is serving on active military duty in Afghanistan, and has been deployed to Kosovo and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with the New Jersey Army National Guard.

The resolution (AJR-17) designates the second full week of every November as “Veterans’ Education Awareness Week,” to spread the word about resources available from the “Post 9/11 GI Bill” to help veterans attend college.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Our veterans have completed military training to prepare them to serve our country in hostile locations. When they leave the service, a college education prepares them to succeed in civilian life,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “Vets who are not familiar with these programs can miss out on valuable education that can make them more productive and financially secure. These are the people we need to reach.”

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