Developmental centers task force bill signed into law

TRENTON – The governor has signed the law to create a task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s seven developmental centers and to develop recommendations for their future.

The bill, S2928, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew, (D-1), Dennis Township, arose in part out of concerns over the future of the Vineland Developmental Center, which was targeted for a shutdown earlier this year as part of the budget.

That was removed from the budget, but the concern led to this law to set in place a task force to review such centers.

The panel will be made up of three members appointed by the governor and one each appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the Senate President and Assembly Speaker, respectively.

“I have always believed that any plan to close a developmental center must be based on a thorough assessment of all seven of the state’s facilities,”  Van Drew said in a release.

“While the signing of this legislation does not guarantee that Vineland or any particular developmental center will remain open, it does ensure a fair and open process to determine the best way to consolidate facilities in the state.”

Developmental centers task force bill signed into law