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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Jasey Honored to Participate in Food Stamp Challenge(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Mila Jasey joined fellow legislators and various community leaders last week in the Food Stamp Challenge to underscore the difficulties many New Jersey families on state assistance face and the importance of programs such as SNAP are to ensuring healthy meals for families on a fixed income:
"I am honored to have been asked to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge. Last week proved to be an eye-opening experience.
"On such a stringent, meager budget of $4.20 a day, an individual's options are limited.
"There is also the issue of access to transportation for many who must travel outside of their communities because there are no supermarkets. Families have to plan not only what they can afford to buy by shopping around for sales but also how they will get to the market. Shopping trips must be disheartening for parents wanting to provide the best for their children.
Mukherji & Vainieri Huttle Bill Package to Combat Substance Abuse, Help Save Lives Approved by Assembly Panel
One Bill Named "Nick Rohdes' Law" to Honor Colts Neck Man Who Lost His Life to Addiction in FebruaryA two-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to empower families with greater tools to help save their loves ones from addiction was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
The first bill (A-3227) would help families get treatment for a loved one by amending the state law governing involuntary commitment to treatment to clarify that the term "mental illness" includes substance use disorder if an individual's substance use makes them "dangerous to self" or "dangerous to others or property."
Vainieri Huttle & Schaer Bill Package to Protect Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities OK'd by Assembly Panel
Bills put measures in place to better address reports of abuse and neglect against children and adults with developmental disabilities in state licensed facilitiesA legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gary S. Schaer to better protect children and adults with development disabilities from potential abuse and neglect from caregivers was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.
The bills (A-1109) and (A-3619) are intended to encourage caregivers, supervisors, and managers of facilities, as well as the appropriate funding, licensing, regulatory, and law enforcement agencies to protect individuals with developmental disabilities, by providing for more transparency in incident reporting and investigations, the reporting of incidents in a more timely manner, and an environment that does not tolerate abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals with disabilities.