Halt transfers of the developmentally disabled

“Home,” wrote poet Robert Frost, “is, the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”

In New Jersey, at least for the 467 developmentally disabled adults living outside New Jersey — in 13 different states — that definition has been perverted. New Jersey will send you back here even if you and/or your family think you would be better off in an out-of-state facility.

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Assembly OKs bill to postpone plan to move disabled adults back to N.J.

The Assembly passed a bill Monday that would postpone the transfer of disabled patients from developmental centers to private institutions and would stop the movement of those living in out-of-state care to in-state facilities until the plan undergoes “a comprehensive investigation.”

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Out of Tragedy, Call For New Protections For Intellectually Disabled

By Andrew Kitchenman

Two unexplained deaths, push to return residents from out-of-state centers, disturb families and advocates. 

Alarmed by reports of two deaths after the state transferred patients out of developmental centers into group homes, legislators are calling for a moratorium on any more transfers pending further investigations.

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Assembly Panel Moves Bill to Halt Patient Transition in Developmental Center Closings

An Assembly Panel approved on Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), Tim Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic) and Carmelo Garcia (D-Hudson) to temporarily stop the transition of residents until an action plan for the impending closure of developmental centers is presented by the state Department of Human Services.

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Concerned Parents of Disabled Attended Assembly Hearing

By Brenda Flanagan
Correspondent

Anxious parents packed the Assembly hearing room in Trenton. Moms and dads of developmentally disabled family members who say their children have medical conditions so severe, mental impairment so profound, behavior problems so violent. The state referred them to developmental centers outside of New Jersey.

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NJ lawmakers move to stop patient transfers until deaths of two disable residents investigated

BY MICHAEL PHILLIS, STATE HOUSE BUREAU
THE RECORD

In the wake of two choking deaths of severely disabled residents moved from developmental centers, lawmakers moved Thursday to stop patient transfers until the deaths are investigated and evaluations of the moving process can be completed.

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NJ state Senate approves no-shame change to casino self-ban

BY JOHN BRENNAN, STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

A bill to make it easier for people struggling with gambling issues to voluntarily exclude themselves from casinos is headed to Governor Christie’s desk after the state Senate offered its unanimous approval on Thursday.
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The Record: Save the centers

WITHIN WEEKS, the last residents of the North Jersey Development Center in Totowa will leave. The state's decision to close this North Jersey center for developmentally disabled individuals is complex – partly driven by a desire to do what is in the best interests of residents, as experts across the nation see home-like settings as better than institutional ones. But the decision is also driven by old-fashioned politics and budget constraints. The result is something less than ideal when the real-life equation does not contain numbers and statistics, but vulnerable human beings.

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Two deaths in privately run group homes stir concern in N.J.

Two men with severe mental and physical disabilities died from choking on food months after they were transferred from the North Jersey Developmental Center in Totowa to privately run homes as part of a massive restructuring of care for the disabled, according to union members and family advocates.

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Vainieri Huttle Bill to Expand Domestic Violence Protection Moves Forward

Legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to make it easier for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to obtain restraining orders against their assailants was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

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