Vainieri Huttle & Lampitt Bill to Ensure All Persons with Developmental Disabilities Have Access to Support and Services Released by Assembly Panel

Bill Would Require State to Make Assistance Information Available in Other Languages

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Pamela R. Lampitt to ensure all New Jersey residents have access to documents concerning services and support for persons with developmental disabilities was released last week by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-3480) requires the Children and Families and Human Services commissioners to make all forms, materials and information on services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities available in English and any other language that is the primary language of at least 10 percent of the residents within an election district in this state.

The commissioners are also to make this information available on the departments’ websites.

“This is quite simply the right thing to do to make sure all New Jersey residents and families have access to these valuable supports and services,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “It’s a simple step that can pay countless dividends down the road by ensuring all persons with developmental disabilities can find the help and support they need.”

“This is common sense,” said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). “We want to ensure all persons with developmental disabilities get the services they need, and this is one way to ensure that this information is available to all our residents and families.”

The bill was released on January 17 by the Assembly Human Services Committee chaired by Vainieri Huttle.