VAINIERI HUTTLE PLEASED WITH TIMELY IMPLEMENTATION OF REGISTRY TO PROTECT DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle today applauded the State Department of Human Services for the timely implementation of a new registry to protect developmentally disabled individuals from abusive caregivers, a measure that was born out of legislation Vainieri Huttle sponsored.

“This registry will help root out abusive caregivers who may currently be flying under the radar,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “It also sends a clear, strong message that abuse of these individuals will not be tolerated in New Jersey. This law lends a voice to those that might otherwise have none and will help ensure that known abusers are kept away from those who cannot protect themselves. This is a humane and much needed measure.”

Under Vainieri Huttle’s legislation (A-2038), signed into law in April, the state Department of Human Services (DHS) was directed to create a Central Registry of Offenders Against Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, which is designed to help employers during the hiring process identify caregivers who have wrongfully caused injury to a developmentally disabled individual.