[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 3233






Sponsored by:


District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman† JAY WEBBER

District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic)

Assemblyman† PAUL D. MORIARTY

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman† RAJ MUKHERJI

District 33 (Hudson)

Assemblyman† CARMELO G. GARCIA

District 33 (Hudson)

Assemblywoman† NANCY F. MUNOZ

District 21 (Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblywoman† PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)


Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Space, Assemblywomen Vainieri Huttle, Pinkin, Assemblyman Peterson and Assemblywoman Phoebus






†††† Requires certain information regarding Down syndrome be provided to certain parents and families.



†††† As reported by the Assembly Women and Children Committee on November 16, 2015, with amendments.


An Act concerning Down syndrome and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.


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


†††† 1.††† a.† The Department of Health shall make available 1on the departmentís Internet website,1 to any person who renders prenatal care, postnatal care, or genetic counseling of parents who receive a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome 1,1 the following:† (1) up-to-date, evidence-based, written information about Down syndrome that has been reviewed by medical experts and national Down syndrome organizations, including 1, but not limited to, the Center for Disease Control and the March of Dimes, which information shall include1 physical 1,1 developmental, educational, and psychosocial outcomes 1[:] ;1 (2) life expectancy, clinical course, and intellectual and functional development and treatment options; and (3) contact information regarding telephone 1[and online assistance]1 and support services, including information hotlines specific to Down syndrome, resource centers 1[or clearinghouses]1, and other education and support programs.† The department may also make such information available to any other person who has received a positive test result from a test for Down syndrome.† 1This information may be revised by the department as new information about Down syndrome becomes available.1

†††† b.††† Information provided under this section shall be 1[culturally and linguistically appropriate] in English and Spanish, and in a manner that is easily understandable1 for women receiving a positive prenatal diagnosis or for the family of a child receiving a postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.


†††† 12.†† Any physician, health care provider, nurse midwife, or genetic counselor who renders prenatal care, postnatal care, or genetic counseling shall, upon receipt of a positive test result from a test for Down syndrome, provide the expectant or new parent with the information that is provided by the Department of Health under section 1 of this act.1


1[2.] 3.1† This act shall take effect on the first day of the fourth month next following the date of enactment.