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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Video: Vainieri Huttle on her Transgender Rights Bill Package

Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) speaks on the Assembly floor Thursday on her four-bill package to solidify New Jersey’s position as a leader on transgender civil rights.

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Assembly OKs Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill Package to Solidify New Jersey’s Place as Leader in Transgender Civil Rights

The General Assembly on Thursday approved a broad package of bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson 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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Transgender Rights, No Secret Public Whistleblower Settlements, Police & Fire Manage Own Pension & Banning PANYNJ from Enforcing Trump Muslim Ban Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Also on Tap: Help for Ocean Grove Fire Victims, Nonprofit Homeland Security Grants, County Storm Preparedness, Freight Rail Safety & Domestic Violence Prevention & Response

A transgender rights bill package, no secret public whistleblower lawsuit settlements, giving police and firefighters control of their own pension fund, requiring firearms seizure when mental health professional determines a threat, prohibiting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from enforcing President Trump's Muslim ban top Thursday's voting session...

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Assembly Panel Advances Quijano & Vainieri Huttle Bill Creating NJ Hearing Impairment Task Force

ainieri Huttle establishing a task force to help aid New Jersey residents who suffer from hearing impairments was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

According to the sponsors, the Department of Human Services estimates that about 850,000 New Jersey residents have varying degrees of hearing loss ranging from mild to profound, including individuals who were born deaf and people who encounter late-stage hearing loss.

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Vainieri Huttle, Caride & Pintor Marin Bill to Help Protect the Vulnerable from Predatory Alienation Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Marlene Caride and Eliana Pintor Marin to help the state protect vulnerable populations from the practice known as predatory alienation was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

Predatory alienation usually involves the use of extreme undue influence, coercive persuasion or psychologically damaging manipulation that results in physical or emotional harm or the loss of financial assets, disrupts a parent-child relationship, leads to a deceptive or exploitative relationship, or isolates a person from family and friends.

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Video: Schaer on Improving Behavioral Health Care

Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer Assembly Budget Chairman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen) testifies on his legislation to significantly improve New Jersey's approach to behavioral health crisis care by expanding services and access throughout the state.

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Schaer, Vainieri Huttle, Sumter, Lampitt & Singleton Bill Package to Improve Access to Critical Behavioral Health Services in NJ Gains Assembly Panel Approval

An Assembly panel on Monday approved a comprehensive three-bill package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shavonda Sumter, Pamela Lampitt and Troy Singleton to significantly improve New Jersey's approach to behavioral health crisis care by expanding services and access throughout the state.

The bills are the product of numerous roundtable discussions and meetings that Schaer held with professionals and stakeholders in the field of behavioral and mental health care.

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Vainieri Huttle, Eustace, Pinkin, Jasey & Johnson Bill to Protect Transgender Persons from Discrimination in Health-Care Coverage Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Nancy Pinkin, Mila Jasey and Gordon Johnson to prohibit health insurers from denying transgender individuals health care coverage based on gender identity was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"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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Attorney General Investigates Deaths by Law Enforcement, No Secret Whistleblower Settlements, H20 Quality, Transgender Health Care Rights, Regulating Daily Fantasy Sports & Domestic Violence Prevention Highlight Monday Assembly Committees

Also on Tap: Improving Mental Health Care, First-Time Homebuyers, Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Credit, Veterans Housing & Benefits, Opioid Antidotes in Schools, Storm Preparedness, Family Daycare Background Checks, Hearing Impairment Task Force, Studying Predatory Alienation & Criminalizing U-4

Having the state Attorney General investigate and prosecute crime involving a person's death by a law enforcement officer, barring public entities and public employees from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower claims, the Water Quality Accountability Act, regulating daily fantasy sports activities, transgender health care rights and domestic violence prevention, highlight Monday's Assembly committee hearings...

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