ASSEMBLY, No. 4781

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 16, 2015

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  TIM EUSTACE

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman  REED GUSCIORA

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

Assemblywoman  PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

Assemblywoman  MARY PAT ANGELINI

District 11 (Monmouth)

Assemblyman  PAUL D. MORIARTY

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Muoio, Assemblyman Taliaferro, Assemblywoman Mosquera, Assemblyman Benson, Assemblywoman Jasey, Assemblyman Space, Assemblywomen Phoebus, Spencer, Pintor Marin, Assemblymen Rumana and Diegnan

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Prohibits Division of Developmental Disabilities from compelling transfers of individuals with developmental disabilities from out-of-State to in-State facilities unless certain exceptions apply.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning individuals with developmental disabilities and supplementing Title 30 of the Revised Statutes.

 

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

 

     1.    The Division of Developmental Disabilities, except as provided in section 2 of this act, shall not transfer, or otherwise compel the transfer of, an individual with a developmental disability who is currently residing in an out-of-State placement to a residential placement in this State, if the individual or the guardian of the individual objects to such transfer in writing.

 

     2.    The provisions of section 1 of this act shall not apply if:

     a.     The United States Department of Justice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or a federally-designated state protection and advocacy organization has deemed the out-of-State placement facility unsafe for individuals with developmental disabilities residing in the facility.

     b.    The individual does not continue to be served by the same out-of-State provider after the effective date of this act as the out-of-State provider who served the individual prior to the effective date of this act; provided, however, that this subsection shall not apply if:

     (1)   the change of provider is due solely to corporate or other organizational restructuring; or

     (2)   the division is unable to provide the individual with equivalent necessary services and supports in-State as the individual received out-of-State and such services and supports are available at another out-of-State provider;

     c.     The individual or the guardian of the individual, as applicable, is not in compliance with the provisions of State regulations at N.J.A.C.10:46D-1.1 et seq., concerning contribution to care and maintenance requirements, within 90 days of the effective date of this act, or the individual or guardian fails to continue to comply with these regulations for the duration of the out-of-State care of the individual; provided, however, that:

     (1)   the division shall provide a payment schedule with reasonable minimum payments to each non-compliant individual or guardian within 60 days of the effective date of this act; and

     (2)   if the individual or guardian agrees in writing to the payment schedule, compliance within 90 days of the effective date of this act shall be presumed;

     d.    The individual is not enrolled in, or has not applied for enrollment in, the State Medicaid program, established pursuant to P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.), within 90 days of the effective date of this act; or

     e.     The out-of-State provider fails to transmit to the division written reports of life safety oversight and copies of all relevant incident reports required by the law.  The division shall provide notice to providers if the reporting requirements change.  In the event a provider fails to transmit any relevant required report, the division shall give notice to the provider of the deficiency and the provider shall have 30 days from the date of the notice to cure the deficiency.

 

     3.    Nothing in this act shall alleviate the obligations of the department under section 9 of P.L.1977, c.82 (C.30:6D-9) or section 9 of P.L.1983, c.524 (C.30:6D-21).

 

     4.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill provides that, except as provided below, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) in the Department of Human Services (DHS) is not to transfer, or otherwise compel the transfer of, an individual with a developmental disability who is currently residing in an out-of-State placement to a residential placement in this State, if the individual or the individual's guardian objects to such transfer in writing.

     The above provision would not apply under the following conditions:

     1)    the United States Department of Justice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or a federally-designated state protection and advocacy organization has deemed the out-of-State placement facility unsafe for individuals with developmental disabilities residing in the facility;

     2)    the individual does not continue to be served by the same out-of-State provider after the bill's effective date as the out-of-State provider who served the individual prior to the effective date; provided, however, that this provision would not apply if the change is due solely to corporate or other organizational restructuring; or DDD is unable to provide the individual with equivalent necessary services and supports in-State as out-of-State and the services and supports are available at another out-of-State provider;

     3)    The individual or the individual's guardian is not in compliance with the provisions of State regulations concerning contribution to care and maintenance requirements within 90 days of the effective date, or the individual or guardian fails to continue to comply with these regulations for the duration of the out-of-State care of the individual.  However, the division is required to provide a payment schedule with reasonable minimum payments to each non-compliant individual or guardian within 60 days of the effective date and, if the individual or guardian agrees in writing to the payment schedule, compliance within 90 days is to be presumed;

     4)    The individual is not enrolled in, or has not applied for enrollment in, the State Medicaid program within 90 days of the effective date; or

     5)    The out-of-State provider fails to transmit to DDD written reports of life safety oversight and copies of all relevant incident reports required by the law.  DDD is to provide notice to providers if the reporting requirements change.  In the event a provider fails to transmit any relevant required report, DDD is to give notice to the provider of the deficiency and the provider has 30 days to cure the deficiency.

     Lastly, the bill provides that nothing in the bill is to alleviate the obligations of DHS under the following two sections of law:  1) section 9 of P.L.1977, c.82 (C.30:6D-9), which concerns a requirement for services for individuals with developmental disabilities to be designed to maximize developmental potential and be provided humanely and in full recognition and respect for the dignity and rights of each person receiving such services, and in a least restrictive setting; and 2) section 9 of P.L.1983, c.524 (C.30:6D-21), which provides both that a transfer is to be made only when consistent with the best interests of the individual with a developmental disability, and that DHS is to ensure that if an individual fails to adjust to life in a community residential facility, the individual may return to the facility from which he was transferred or to a more suitable community residential facility.