Public Policy

FY16 Budget Information:

The Arc of New Jersey is organizing our annual holiday card drive to Governor Chris Christie.Print the card above asking for the Governor's support for additional housing for people with I/DD as well as our initiative to tackle the long list of individuals on the Priority Waiting List in critical need of assistance. In addition to your signature, please feel free to personalize these cards with a short message about why these are such important issues. You may also want to include a photo of your loved one with the card for further personalization.

HOW TO SEND THE HOLIDAY CARD: Download the PDF and print out a copy. Personalize it with your name (There is extra space at the bottom of the card to allow you room to include a personal story if you so choose. You can also add a photo.) Mail the card to: 
The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor 
PO Box 001 
Trenton, NJ 08625


The Arc of New Jersey's legislative activities include monitoring and responding to all state legislation and budget issues that will impact individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and provider agencies. In addition, we also weigh in with New Jersey's congressional delegation on national issues. Below you will find information on legislation currently pending at the State House and in Washington, DC.

State Legislation:

Federal Legislation:

Improving the System:

The Arc of New Jersey engages in ongoing advocacy and oversight on issues related to transparency, communication and regulations within the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities. Our program directors sit on a variety of committees, task forces and coalitions working on issues such as prevention, early intervention, special education, family support, employment, and healthcare.

Governmental Affairs by the Numbers in Fiscal Year 2014:

With your help we were able to accomplish so much this year! Thank you for your advocacy efforts and for your ongoing support of The Arc of New Jersey. Click the picture below to see a summary of our accomplishments and scroll down for additional details about the year's biggest priorities, including advocacy surrounding the FY15 Budget and legislation signed by the Governor.  

Advocacy on the FY15 Budget:

On Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19, The Arc of New Jersey's President Robert Hage, Immediate Past President Walter Bender and Executive Director Thomas Baffuto testified before the NJ Senate and Assembly Budget Committees regarding the State's proposed FY 2015 budget. Also testifying at the hearings were Evelyn Ramundo and Colleen Watkins of Council 3 of the NJ Statewide Self-Advocacy Network. See their testimony below.

I/DD related legislation signed by the Governor in FY14:

Governor Christie signed six bills impacting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in FY14. These include the following:

e-Advocacy Network
If you care about these issues and want to get involved, please consider joining our e-Advovacy Network. It is a free and easy way to support our Advocacy efforts and to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.