The Task Force on the Closure of Developmental Centers issued binding recommendations on August 1, 2012 to close North Jersey Developmental Center (NJDC), followed by Woodbridge Developmental Center (WDBR). The Governor’s proposed FY15 budget advances the Department’s responsibilities to implement and effectuate both closures.
Since the issuance of the Task Force report, the census at the State’s developmental centers has declined by over 400 individuals. As a result, the Department must rebalance resources and reconfigure the existing system of care to individuals with developmental disabilities.
In accordance with the United States’ Supreme Court Olmstead decision, states must provide community living options and other supports to individuals with disabilities who do not require institutionalized care. The closure of NJDC advances New Jersey’s efforts in this regard.
The closing of these facilities will take place on July 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015, respectively, in accordance with any applicable collective negotiations agreement and Civil Service laws and regulations.
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