Bill released that would facilitate innovative living arrangements for developmentally disabled

TRENTON – The Assembly Human Services Committee today released a bill that would facilitate establishment of innovative living arrangements for the developmentally disabled.

The bill, A2893, sponsored by Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), Englewood, would require the Department of Human Services to encourage the establishment of such innovative service arrangements that would help the developmentally disabled enjoy independent living.

They are defined as residential or day services that are:

  • privately funded, in whole or in part, with assurances from DHS to undertake the funding of the arrangement once state funding is available or when a reasonable amount of funds are legitimately exhausted;
  • not traditionally used to serve persons with developmental disabilities;
  • funded, in whole or in part, by other governmental sources not dedicated to serving persons with developmental disabilities exclusively;
  • designed to attract private funding which can be used to serve persons with developmental disabilities.

There is  a Senate version, S254, sponsored by Robert Gordon, (D-38), Fair Lawn.

The Assembly bill today was released along party lines with Jon Bramnick, (R-21), Wesfield, voting no and Mary Pat Angelini, (R-11), Ocean abstaining.

Bill released that would facilitate innovative living arrangements for developmentally disabled