Guidance Memorandums

Date Issued Name Summary

August 17, 2023

End of Life Training for LTC and Hospitals

All LTCs and hospitals are required to have staff complete annual training on advance care planning, end-of-life care, and the use of advance directives and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms; provide patients and residents, and their families with educational materials; and develop and implement policies to identify and address end-of-life care issues for patients and residents upon admission to the facility.

August 16, 2023

End of Life Training all General Hospital Emergency Departments

This statute requires Emergency Departments and Satellite Emergency Departments to develop and implement a plan to integrate the provision of

palliative care services for patients treated in the emergency department for whom palliative care is appropriate.

March 22, 2023

Support Person for Patients Guidance for Acute Care Hospitals to accommodate support persons during hospitalizations.

July 23, 2021


Cardiac Services Memo The statute removes the Certificate of Need requirements for full-service adult diagnostic cardiac catheterization, primary angioplasty and elective angioplasty, and permits general hospitals to add these three services through a licensing process.

July 21, 2021


Hospital at Home Waiver This waiver provides the requirements for general hospitals to participate in the CMS Hospital at Home program.

July 6, 2021

Statutory Amendments to the licensing of cardiac services pursuant to P.L. 2021, c. 18 Changes to licensing process for full-service adult diagnostic cardiac catheterization, primary angioplasty and elective angioplasty

May 12, 2021

P.L. 2020, c. 87 Additional Responsibilities
  • Duties of long-term care facilities during an infectious disease outbreak
  • Reporting Requirements to the National Healthcare Safety Network Database included in the Act
  • Electronic Health Record System
  • Outbreak Response Plans

January 28, 2021

Staffing Ratio Memorandum to Facilities

Notice of requirement to comply with the new minimum certified nurse aide staffing requirements in N.J.S.A. 30:13-18.

October 7, 2020

Influenza vaccination in health care facilities

Requires certain healthcare facilities to establish and implement an annual influenza vaccination program.

March 29 2020

One Support Person in Labor and Delivery Settings - COVID-19 restrictions Instructions for Acute Care Hospitals on how to accommodate support persons for Labor and Delivery patients during the COVID-19 emergency
March 6 2020 Required Outbreak Response Plan Reminder of Outbreak Response Plan Requirement
March 18, 2019 Deemed Status Waiver Licensed Substance Use Disorder Facilities can apply for deemed status. Facilities granted full deemed status will forgo the required biennial inspection while facilities granted partial deemed status will undergo a biennial inspection that will primarily focus on, but not be limited to, staffing and clinical records. 
March 18, 2019 Shared Space Guidance This guidance clarifies that a single legal entity licensed to provide both mental health services and substance use disorder services is permitted to share clinical space for those services.
March 18, 2019 Frequently Asked Questions An infographic chart outlining the licensed capabilities of different categories of health care facilities in New Jersey, with particular focus on substance use disorder services and mental health services.
November 5 2018 Certificate of Waiver for Medication Assisted Treatment in Ambulatory Care Facilities Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:43A This waiver grants relief from the provisions of N.J.A.C. 8:43A-1.3. NJDOH will interpret the definition of "drug abuse treatment services" to include buprenorphine or any other medication approved by SAMHSA for the treatment of opioid use disorders.
Last Reviewed: 8/23/2023