New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has proposed an increase of $79.2 million for community spending for the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) in his 2017 budget, including 500 new housing vouchers totaling $5 million.
Additionally, $13.2 million will go to funding community-based residential placements for 165 individuals who are living in one of the Division’s five development centers. This budget allocation is consistent with the Olmstead decision, which requires public entities to provide community-based services to person with disabilities when these services are appropriate. Of the $79.2 million budgeted for community spending, $41 million would go to funding Division growth which consists of young adults who age out of special education services, emergencies and other expenses.
The Fiscal Year 2017 State Budget will also provide funds for community-based services for individuals on the Community Care Waiver Waiting List and costs associated with the transition to a fee-for-service system. Additional details of the budget are expected in the coming weeks. More information about the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 State Budget can be found through the Department of the Treasury.
The New Jersey legislature is reviewing the budget proposal and hosting hearings to gather input from the public. Learn more about joining a hearing and making your voice heard here.
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