N.J. school employees get new mental health benefit

    More than 200,000 school employees in New Jersey are getting new options in their health plans.

    Gov. Chris Christie announced the results Friday from a committee made up of state management and labor representatives.

    Members of the School Employees Health Benefit Program and their dependents who suffer from non-biologically-based mental illness will be covered in the same way as those with biologically-based conditions that are already covered. Christie says the plan continues his commitment to helping people with mental illnesses and substance-abuse disorders.

    Employees and their spouses also can participate in an incentive-based wellness program that rewards participants with gift cards up to $250.

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