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Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Statewide Parent Leaders and Advocates Conference!

Thanks to all of the presenters for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our conference attendees who were motivated and inspired to go out and Create Change!

Click here for conference highlights and information for parent leaders!

SPAN Looking for Stories about Use of NJ Family Care in NJ!

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is helping the NJ American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-NJ) get stories from families of children with special needs about their experience with Medicaid.  We need both positive stories on access to care as well as problems families have had getting care for their child.  We are also concerned that federal funding to enhance funding for pediatricians who accept Medicaid ended as of December 31, 2014.  This may mean that fewer doctors will accept Medicaid, making it harder for families to get medical care.

Celebrate National Women's Health Week!

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with us May 10-16, 2015

Promote your health at every age! It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you. The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, the goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. Take the first step!

SPAN Perspectives

Senator Menendez Accepts AMCHP Legislative Champion Award from SPAN's Diana Autin

on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:57

Senator Menendez Accepts Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs – SPAN’s Co-Director Diana Autin Presents Award on Behalf of AMCHP

Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), had the privilege of presenting the Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez on January 26, 2015.  Her comments and the comments of Senator Menendez follow.

“I am Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), a one-stop

Rights of Pregnant Women to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment Upheld by NJ Supreme Court!

on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:20

The New Jersey Supreme Court on December 22, 2014, decided New Jersey Division of Youth & Family Services v. Y.N., an important decision for pregnant mothers struggling with substance abuse.  The Court held that a pregnant woman cannot be found guilty of abuse or neglect—and placed on the child-abuse Central Registry—merely because she enrolled in a methadone treatment program.  And that is true even if the woman’s child is born suffering from symptoms associated with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome—an unfortunate, but expected, side-effect of methadone treatment.

SPAN Testifies Before NJ State Senate on Proposed Charter School Legislation

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:59

On October 16, the NJ State Senate held hearings on proposed charter school legislation that would update and increase accountability for the operation and performance of charter schools and make them more accountable for students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students.  Our testimony called for even greater accountability and oversight to ensure that charter schools do not discriminate against these students in admissions, provision of services, or discipline.  SPAN will keep you informed of further developments!  Go to

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Statewide Parent Leaders and Advocates Conference!

Thanks to all of the presenters for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our conference attendees who were motivated and inspired to go out and Create Change!

Click here for conference highlights and information for parent leaders!

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