Assembly Human Services

The Assembly Human Services Committee is responsible for legislation that impacts individuals and families with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and addictions; and individuals and families with low incomes.
Democratic Research Aide:  Keith White   
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Greenwald, Lampitt, Benson, Caride & Chiaravalloti Bill to Help Increase Mobility for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Heads to Governor’s Desk

11-Member Task Force Would Seek Ways to Improve Transportation for Adults with ASD
The full Assembly on Wednesday unanimously granted final legislative approval to a measure sponsored by Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt, Daniel Benson, Marlene Caride and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to help better meet the transportation needs of New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities.

The bill (A-3432) would establish the "New Jersey Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Mobility and Support Services Task Force," an 11-member task force to study and make recommendations concerning the mobility and support services needs of New Jersey adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The task force would hold at least three public hearings concerning barriers adults with ASD face in using New Jersey's transportation infrastructure and in accessing other basic services in the state.

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Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Lampitt, Johnson, McKnight & Sumter Bill to Guard Against Loss of Health Care Services for the Most Vulnerable Gains Final Legislative Approval

Bill Would Create Oversight Mechanism to Monitor Christie Administration's New Fee-For-Service Payment Model for Treatment Services
Legislation Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Daniel Benson, Pamela Lampitt, Gordon Johnson, Angela McKnight and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to ensure that the state does not recklessly limit access to health care treatment by changing the way it pays treatment service providers gained final legislative approval 66-2 Wednesday by the full Assembly.

The bill (A-4146) was prompted by the state's decision to begin transitioning most community-based health care treatment services from the traditionally-used cost reimbursement system to a fee-for-service reimbursement system this past summer. The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services plans to require all providers to complete the transition by July 2017, while the Division of Developmental Disabilities is transitioning providers in a more gradual fashion.

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Wimberly, Lagana, Danielsen, Oliver, Vainieri Huttle, Mazzeo, Downey & Mukherji Bill to Establish 'HOPE Initiative' to Combat Opioid Epidemic Clears Assembly

Asm. Benjie Wimberly Legislation Assembly Democrats Benjie Wimberly, Joseph Lagana, Joe Danielsen, Sheila Oliver, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Vincent Mazzeo, Joann Downey and Raj Mukherji sponsored to establish a public awareness campaign to educate New Jersey residents about the dangers of heroin and opioid addiction gained approval from the General Assembly on Wednesday.

"In roughly five years, New Jersey has seen an increase of more than 200 percent in the number of admissions to licensed or certified treatment programs for prescription drug abuse and a 700 percent increase over the last decade," said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). "The HOPE Initiative will give this crisis the focus it deserves in this state and educate residents on how to help themselves and loved ones who are addicted to heroin and opioids."

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Downey, Houghtaling, Jasey, Singleton, Holley & Caride Bill to Require State to Provide Education for Students Living in Homeless Shelters Outside of School District Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Mila Jasey, Troy Singleton, James Holley and Marlene Caride to require the state to pay the educational costs for certain students who reside in a homeless shelter outside of their district of residence was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.

"Children and youth who experience homelessness face many barriers to education," said Downey (D-Monmouth County). "School can be a source of stability for a young person and family who have lost their housing."

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Video - Eustace: 'It's Our Duty to Protect All of the Citizens of New Jersey'

Asm. Tim Eustace Lawmaker on His Expansive Legislative LGBT Rights Package

Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic) on his expansive legislative package to protect LGBT rights in New Jersey. The bills were released Monday by the Assembly Human Services Committee.

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Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Legislative Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights Advances

An Assembly panel on Monday approved a broad package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace that will solidify New Jersey's position as a leader on transgender civil rights

"Now more than ever, we need to stand up for those who are being marginalized," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "Antiquated policies and attitudes towards transgender individuals have led to discrimination, violence, depression and suicide. While tremendous strides have been made in recent years to advance equality for members of the 'LGB' community, much more still needs to be done to help protect our brothers and sisters in the 'T' community."

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Video: Vainieri Huttle on Her Transgender Rights Legislative Bill Package

Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) discusses her legislative package that will solidify New Jersey's position as a leader on transgender civil rights.The bills (A-4567-4568-AJR139-AJR140) were released Monday by the Assembly Human Services Committee.

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Assembly Panel Approves Eustace, Johnson & Muoio Bill Package Providing Business Assistance to LGBT, Veteran, & Disabled Residents

Bills Will Also Ensure that LGBT Residents Are Properly Counted to Ensure They are Adequately Served by State Resources
An Assembly panel on Monday approved a two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Elizabeth Maher Muoio to provide business assistance to LGBT, veteran and disabled residents and ensure they are being properly served by state resources.

"LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans often face discrimination and bias in the workplace and transgender individuals, in particular, are disproportionately unemployed due to discrimination," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "This legislation would help them overcome certain discriminations by providing access to business assistance programs that are currently provided to other minority communities in the state."

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