Developmental disability centers ‘region’ bill advances in the Assembly

TRENTON – Assembly lawmakers moved legislation out of committee that aims to put a plan in place to take care of the state’s developmentally disabled residents, says the sponsors of the bills.

The Assembly Human Services Committee voted Thursday to release A3870 and A3782, both of which concern homes for people in the state with developmental disabilities.

A3870 would require at least one state developmental center to remain operational in each region of the state.

Under the bill, the western region is to consist of Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties; the northern region is to consist of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union counties; the central region is to consist of Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth counties; and the southern region is to consist of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties.

“I am hoping with this piece of legislation … that we may be able to at least keep one [center in northern New Jersey open],” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, (D-37), the bill’s sponsor.

A3782, would require follow-up studies of developmental center residents transitioning to the community.

Developmental disability centers ‘region’ bill advances in the Assembly