NJ Acting Governor Codey signs executive order for mental health task force

State Senate President Dick Codey (D-West Orange) assumed the office of New Jerseys acting governor Tuesday morning. He signed his first executive order creating an 11-member mental health task force.

Codey says his top priority as acting governor is making sure mentally ill patients are treated with the dignity they deserve. He also wants to make sure that residents know that one in five New Jersey people are affected by a mental illness.

Officials say the members of the task force must convene a statewide mental health summit, hold at least three public hearings and file a major report to Codey and the state Legislature by March 31.

Codey also spent Monday morning at the Greystone Psychiatric Center having breakfast with the patients.

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