'After outcry, Murphy halts plan to eliminate popular N.J.

halts plan to eliminate popular N.J.

A popular, decades-old

mental health counseling program will continue operating in 90 New Jersey school districts under a

Phil Murphy’s

administration to go forward with a separate plan to create a statewide network of

Murphy has yet

to formally announce the deal but suggested it was coming during a television appearance

“We have stepped

back and said those programs are great, but we felt we needed to cast

Because everybody’s

mental health has been impacted by this pandemic,” Murphy said on News 12 New Jersey

He added that

“folks should expect” an announcement that the state will have both programs “at least

“We’re going to

be very comfortable funding the programs that exist already, but we’re also

To help pay

for the new network, Norbut Beyer planned to use the $30 million that has operated

The existing

programs would close by the end of the current school year in June, under her

The commissioner also

proposed cutting its funding two years ago as a cost-cutting maneuver when the state’

Phillies say Bryce Harper

will have surgery next Wednesday, will