Public Policy

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.

Action Alerts

Advocacy on the FY16 Budget

Executive Director Tom Baffuto and Board President Bob Hage testified before the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday, March 10 regarding the FY16 Budget and the impacts it will have on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Read their testimony by clicking the links below.


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:

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.  

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
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