A bill proposed in the wake of the governor’s decision to close Vineland Developmental Center, S2928, was OK’d in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously. This bill establishes a task force that, among other things, would conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s seven such centers and prepare a plan that provides for closing of developmental centers in an orderly manner and enables a person with a developmental disability to receive services and supports in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the person’s needs.
Sponsor Sen. Jeff Van Drew said the goal is to ensure such transitions are done in a “thoughtful, humane’’ way.
Under the provisions of the bill, the comprehensive evaluation of the developmental centers by the task force would, at a minimum, include a review of each developmental center to determine:
- · the number of persons with developmental disabilities residing in the developmental center who have requested a community placement and whose interdisciplinary teams have recommended such a placement;
- · the number of persons with developmental disabilities residing in the developmental center and their families or guardians who have expressed a desire to remain in a developmental center;
- · the number of persons with developmental disabilities residing in the developmental center who require 24-hour supervision;