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CRPD Hearing in the United States Senate

WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Marathon is almost over: the end is in sight! Now is the time to have our voices be heard! Chairman Menendez has scheduled the first of two Hearings on the CRPD on Nov 5th! The coalition has launched today a new citizen action portal to make it easier than ever for you to reach your Senator with the calls, letters, ... Read More


ABCD Testifies at Joint Hearing on Closure of Vineland Developmental Center

ABCD was invited to provide to testimony to the joint hearing of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens and the Assembly Human Services Committees regarding the proposal to close Vineland Developmental Center. ABCD's testimony focuses on the rights of individuals to live in the community in the most integrated setting appropriate ... Read More


New Policy Synthesis Shows that Research Supports Deinstitutionalization of People with Developmental Disabilities

ABCD  newest Policy Synthesis examines research studies on outcomes for people with developmental disabilities who leave institutions.  The Policy Synthesis is based upon a recently published Policy Research Brief of the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota. Assertions have been made that people obtai... Read More


ABCD’s Public Support for Closure of Vineland Developmental Center

ABCD's Executive Director was given a Guest Column in the Press of Atlantic City on April 27th to explain our support for the closure of Vineland Developmental Center.   The Guest Column details the rationale for closing Vineland Developmental Center.     To read the Guest Column,  Press of Atlantic City Guest Column In addition, ABCD respon... Read More


Advocacy Materials for FY’12 Budget

ABCD is focusing its advocacy efforts on three main areas in the Governor's FY'12 Budget:  1) Proposals for the Division of Developmental Disabilities, including support for the closure of Vineland Developmental Center; 2) Elimination of the two proposals for Medicaid co-pays in the budget; and 3) Medicaid restructuring. ABCD developed the fo... Read More


Maximizing Federal Medicaid Funds

The Assembly Budget Committee invited experts to a Medicaid roundtable on April 4, 2011 to discuss the proposals in the FY’12 proposed budget related to Medicaid.   ABCD's Executive Director, Lowell Arye, was invited to be part of the roundtable discussion.  Lowell's introductory remarks focused on:  1)    Need to maximize all fed... Read More


Public Hearings on FY’ 12 Proposed Budget

The Assembly Budget Committee and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee have announced their hearings for the public to testify about the FY'12 budget. The hearings for the Senate will take place on Monday March 7th, and Tuesday March 15th.  The Assembly hearings on based upon topic and the topic of Health, Human Services, Seniors and ... Read More


ABCD Opposes Bill to Void the Closure of Developmental Centers

ABCD testified at a hearing against a bill, A 2880, which permits the Legislature to void the closing of a State Developmental Center or Psychiatric Hospital.  ABCD's executive director said that we are extremely concerned that this bill moves the State of New Jersey backward in ensuring that people with developmental disabilities live in the ... Read More


Petition to Ensure Reinvestment of Federal Funds for the New Family Support Waiver

ABCD has joined with a number of other groups which are asking for your your help in ensuring that all the federal funds for a new Family Support Waiver are reinvested back into the Waiver. Please sign the petition below and let the Governor, Administration and Legislature know that you want all federal funds from this new waiver to be reinveste... Read More


Sign a Petition to Reinvest Family Support Waiver Reinvestment

We need your help in ensuring that all federal funds for a new Family Support Waiver are reinvested in the waiver by signing a petition which will be presented to the Christie Administration.  The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is currently developing a new Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver. This new “Family Suppo... Read More



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