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NJ Lawmakers Hope To Boost Safeguards For Special Needs Youngsters

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State authorities will more closely monitor public and private providers of care for young people with disabilities in New Jersey if a proposed bill becomes law.

A-3386 provides protection for individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 21 who have been subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation and are receiving services from the Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC) in the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Current law "fails to provide statutory provisions for our most vulnerable residents,” state Rep. Gary Schaer (Bergen, Passaic) Schaer said Monday morning. “The legislation rectifies this oversight by requiring the state to institute regulations and monitor closely care service providers within the division as well as community providers.”

"This legislation is long overdue and absolutely necessary going forward," state Rep. Valerie Vainieri-Huttle said. “There must be clear procedures in place to address complaints of abuse regarding children with developmental disabilities.”

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