Public Policy

Information on the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver Renewal Application & the Statewide Transition Plan Addendum

FY18 Budget Information

The Arc of New Jersey chairs the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage which aims to increase salaries in the FY18 Budget for our Direct Support Professionals. The Coalition is comprised of families, community provider agencies, Direct Support Professionals and, most importantly, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). These members share a common belief that individuals with I/DD deserve to live rich and meaningful lives as fully integrated members of our communities. Toward that end, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), who play a critical role in meeting this objective, must be paid a living wage.

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 Department of Human Services and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. 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. 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.

Pictured here: The Arc of New Jersey advocates at the State House in Trenton alongside Self-Advocates and Direct Support Professionals.

I/DD related legislation signed in FY17:

I/DD related legislation signed in FY16:

I/DD related legislation signed by the Governor in FY15:

Ongoing Legislative Priorities:

The Arc of New Jersey's Board President Robert Hage, left, and Executive Director Tom Baffuto, right, testify during a committee meeting at the State House in Trenton.

State Legislation:

Federal Legislation: