Public Policy

Information on the Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver Renewal Application

FY17 Budget Information

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 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:

  • Provides employers with various tax incentives for hiring persons with disabilities under insurance premiums tax, corporation business tax and gross income tax.

  • Requires Rutgers University to create a liberal studies program for students with intellectual disabilities; appropriates $500,000.

  • Establishes New Jersey Caregiver Task Force to evaluate and provide recommendations on caregiver support services.

Federal Legislation:

Pictured here from left to right: The Arc of New Jersey Board President Robert Hage, Governmental Affairs Director Sharon Levine, Executive Director Tom Baffuo and The Arc Bergen & Passaic President/CEO Kathy Walsh advocated on the Hill in Washington, DC.