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 Extend Emergency Rental Assistance Benefits to Disabled Individuals Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to ensure the continuation of emergency rental assistance for certain disabled individuals or caretakers of individuals with disabilities was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.

"We're talking about individuals with extreme hardships who are facing severe challenges," said Vainieri Huttle. "The state should be an active and helpful partner when it comes to ensuring that they have a roof over their heads. This change will hopefully make a big difference in their lives and, at the very least, provide sufficient notice should these benefits change so that they can seek other assistance."

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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Help Guard Child Protection Caseworkers Gains Assembly Panel Approval

Bill Sparked by Attacks that Left Several Seriously Injured is Re-introduced after Christie Veto Continues to Leave Caseworkers Vulnerable
An Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to help safeguard child protection workers from the kind of attacks over the past year that left one seriously injured and sent two others to the hospital.

The bill (A-2322), known as "Leah's Law," is named in honor of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency caseworker who was nearly stabbed to death while performing her duties for the division in Camden in November 2014.

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Oliver, Handlin, Vainieri Huttle & Quijano Bipartisan Bill Package to Combat Abuse against the Elderly & Disabled Gains Assembly Panel Approval

New Policy Strategy is Result of Ongoing Meetings between Oliver, Handlin & Stakeholders throughout NJ
An Assembly panel on Monday approved a bipartisan package of bills sponsored by Assemblywomen Sheila Oliver, Amy Handlin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Annette Quijano to combat abuse and fraud against the elderly and disabled in New Jersey.

The bipartisan legislation approved today is the result of ongoing discussions between former Speaker Oliver, Deputy Republican Leader Handlin and more than a dozen prominent stakeholder agencies and corporations from throughout the state. The bills are a legislative response to help senior citizens avoid being swindled by unscrupulous scammers.

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Vainieri Huttle: Nothing Vague About NJ Being the 1st to Tackle Bullying

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:

"The Feb. 4 Star-Ledger editorial "Will New Jersey finally take the time to fix its broken bullying law?" had a misleading headline, as well as some missing facts.

What the editorial failed to grasp is that you cannot take a complex behavior that manifests itself in tens of thousands of different ways, a behavior that at times we don't fully understand, and wrap a tight definition around it. It just doesn't work that way..."

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Monday Assembly Committees

Assembly committees will meet Monday to consider legislation the following bils...

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