The Arc of NJ President, Immediate Past President and Executive Director, and Self-Advocacy Network Council 3 Members Testify Before NJ Senate and Assembly Budget Committees
On Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19, The Arc of New Jersey 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.
Public Policy Advocacy
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. Currently, our legislative priorities include:
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.