Christie: N.J. Health Dept. Should Help Fight Opioid Addiction

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is working to reorganize a $1.2 billion dollar agency in charge of mental health and addiction services.

The reorganization plan, which Christie says will take place within 60 days, is part of his efforts to combat the widespread opioid addiction in the state.

The proposal would transfer the duties of fighting this disease from the Human Services Department to the State Health Department.

Lawmakers who chair committees in the two departments are expected to hold a public hearing about the plan.

Christie says that giving chief responsibility to the Health Department will ultimately improve health care for people struggling with mental health illnesses and drug addiction.

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