Senator DIANE B. ALLEN
District 7 (Burlington)
Senator JOSEPH F. VITALE
District 19 (Middlesex)
Senators Addiego, Gordon and Ruiz
Concerns special needs trusts for persons with developmental disabilities.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on February 4, 2013, with amendments.
An Act concerning 1[placement] certain1 trusts for persons with developmental disabilities.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. The Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Human Services shall 1[undertake a]1 study 1[of the need for establishing a mechanism to enable persons to create placement trusts for the benefit of designated individuals with developmental disabilities, including]1 whether it is feasible 1to establish a State program1 to enable pre-tax dollars to be used for 1[such] funding special needs1 trusts 1for individuals with developmental disabilities1.
b. The division shall consult with representatives of at least five advocacy groups representing the interests of persons with developmental disabilities or family members of persons with developmental disabilities, and review their recommendations about the need for 1[such] special needs1 trusts 1and the information that would be useful to provide as a resource for persons with developmental disabilities and their families, including information regarding how special needs trusts may be used to address the placement needs of persons with developmental disabilities. After such consultation, the division shall electronically post informational resources regarding the potential benefits of establishing special needs trusts to provide for long-term care needs of individuals with developmental disabilities1.
c. Within nine months after the effective date of this act, the division shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), to the Legislature.
2. This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire 1[one year after the date of enactment] upon the issuance of the report required pursuant to subsection c. of section 1 of P.L. , c. (pending before the Legislature as this bill)1.