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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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Ensure Safe Transition to Community Housing for Individuals with Development Disabilities Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to overhaul the procedures that are used to transition an individual with a developmental disability from a state developmental center to a community placement gained approval from an Assembly panel on Monday.

"Moving can be stressful for anyone, but for someone with developmental disabilities the transition can be detrimental at times," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "The State Auditor has identified a number of concerns related to the high volume of transitions due to the closure of several developmental centers. Based on these recommendations, we've developed a comprehensive plan to ensure a safer transition for some of our most vulnerable."

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Vainieri Huttle & Mosquera Bill to Protect Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities OKd by Assembly Panel

Stephen Komninos' Law will put Measures in Place to Better Address Reports of Abuse and Neglect in State Licensed Facilities
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gabriela Mosquera to better protect children and adults with development disabilities from potential abuse and neglect from caregivers was unanimously released Monday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-2503), known as "Stephen Komninos' Law," honors the memory of Stephen, an individual with developmental disabilities who died at the age of 22 while under the care of a private state-licensed facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Stephen was a non-verbal, young man who suffered through many substantiated incidents of abuse and neglect by caregivers. Tragically, the last incident resulted in his death.

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Eliminating Standardized Tests in Teacher Evaluation, Special Police Prosecutor, School Bus Safety, Student Concussion Safety, Farm-to-School Improvements Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Concerns on Unattended Children in Vehicles, No Under Age 18 Marriages, Cheerleading as Interscholastic Sport, Clean Vehicles & Protections for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Also on Tap

Eliminating the requirement that standardized assessments be used as a measure of student progress in the overall evaluation of a teacher, using a special prosecutor in cases involving deaths by law enforcement, improving school bus safety, student athlete concussion safety and improving the Farm-to-School program top Monday's Assembly committee hearings.

Concerns about unattended children being left in vehicles and legislation to prohibit marriages for those under 18, make cheerleading as an interscholastic sport, promote clean vehicle usage and protect individuals with development disabilities are also on tap...

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