ASSEMBLY, No. 4864

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MAY 18, 2017

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman  PATRICIA EGAN JONES

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman  THOMAS P. GIBLIN

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

Assemblyman  ANTHONY M. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

Assemblyman  ANDREW ZWICKER

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Chaparro, Assemblymen Eustace, Johnson, Assemblywoman B.DeCroce, Assemblymen Dancer, Bramnick, Caputo, Assemblywomen Oliver, Handlin, Lampitt, Assemblymen DiMaio, Gusciora, Assemblywoman N.Munoz, Assemblymen Andrzejczak, Land, DeAngelo, Assemblywomen Vainieri Huttle, Quijano, Assemblymen Ciattarelli, Wisniewski, Barclay, Assemblywoman Muoio, Assemblyman Greenwald, Assemblywoman Jimenez, Assemblymen S.Kean and Rooney

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Dedicates $140,000 from the NJ Brain Injury Research Fund for community based services provided by a statewide alliance dedicated to assisting persons with brain injury through advocacy, education, information and resources, outreach, and support services.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act dedicating funds for community services for persons with brain injury and amending P.L.2003, c.200.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  Section 9 of P.L.2003, c.200 (C.52:9EE-9) is amended to read as follows:

     9.  a.  There is established in the Department of the Treasury a nonlapsing revolving fund to be known as the "New Jersey Brain Injury Research Fund."  This fund shall be the repository for moneys provided pursuant to subsection f. of R.S.39:5-41.  Moneys deposited in the fund, and any interest earned thereon, shall be used for the purpose of making grants for brain injury research projects at qualified research institutions approved by the New Jersey State Commission on Brain Injury Research, and for the purpose of meeting the operating expenses of the commission.

     b.    In addition, a minimum of $140,000 shall be appropriated annually from the fund to the Department of Human Services to be allocated by the department to a not-for-profit Statewide alliance with at least 25 years’ experience dedicated to supporting and advocating for individuals affected by brain injury through specialized community-based services to individuals who have experienced a brain injury in an effort to maximize the individuals’ quality of life throughout their lifespan.  These community-based services may include advocacy, education, information, resources, outreach, and support services.

     c.  The not-for-profit Statewide alliance shall actively raise awareness of brain injury research activities and findings of the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research through the alliance’s communications, including, but not limited to, the alliance’s Internet website, electronic newsletter, and outreach activities.

     d.  Any costs incurred by the department in the collection or administration of the fund may be deducted from the funds deposited therein, as determined by the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting.

(cf: P.L.2003, c.200, s.9)

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would provide that a minimum of $140,000 would be appropriated on an annual basis from the New Jersey Brain Injury Research Fund to the Department of Human Services to be allocated to a statewide not-for-profit alliance with at least 25 years’ experience dedicated to supporting and advocating for individuals affected by brain injury through specialized community based services for persons who have experienced a brain injury. These community-based services may include advocacy, education, information, resources, outreach, and support services.

     Furthermore, the bill provides that the Statewide alliance receiving these funds will actively raise awareness of brain injury research activities and findings of the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research through the alliance’s various public communications methods.

     The New Jersey Brain Injury Research Fund is the recipient of a $1 supplementary payment on every fine and penalty imposed and collected on motor vehicle traffic violations in the State. The fund collects approximately $3.5 million annually, and is currently dedicated to making grants for brain injury research projects at qualified research institutions approved by the New Jersey State Commission on Brain Injury Research, and for the purpose of meeting the operating expenses of the commission.