[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 3323







Sponsored by:


District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)


District 7 (Burlington)


Co-Sponsored by:

Senators A.M.Bucco, Pou and Stack






      Makes FY 2021 supplemental appropriation of $180 million to DCF, DHS, and DOH for increased rates for social service and early intervention providers in financial distress due to coronavirus disease 2019 public health crisis.



     As reported by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on February 9, 2021, with amendments.


A Supplement to the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations act, P.L.2020, c.97.


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


      1.  In addition to the amounts appropriated under P.L.2020, c.97, the annual appropriations act for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, there is appropriated the following sum for the purpose specified:


94 Interdepartmental Accounts

70 Government Direction, Management, and Control

74 General Government Services

9420 Other Interdepartmental Accounts



Other Interdepartmental Accounts................................................



Total Grants-in-Aid Appropriation,                                     General Government Services……………......…………………






COVID-19 Social Services Provider Rate Increase ..........................................




Notwithstanding the provisions of any law or regulation to the contrary, the amount hereinabove appropriated for COVID-19 Social Services Provider Rate Increase shall be used to increase provider 1[rates] payments1 issued to social service providers, under contract or a fee-for-service agreement with the Department of Children and Families or any division in the Department of Human Services, 1as well as to early intervention service providers under contract or other agreement with any division in the Department of Health,1 that are determined, according to parameters established by the commissioners of those departments, to be in extreme financial distress or at risk of being in extreme financial distress due to the effects of the coronavirus 2019 public health crisis.  Any 1[rate] payment1 increase provided under this provision shall be retroactive to all payments issued to a provider in FY 2021.  Providers included under this 1[rate] payment1 increase shall include, but shall not be limited to, day habilitation providers, adult day care providers, 1early intervention providers,1 childcare providers, behavioral health providers, and substance use disorder providers.  Of the $180,000,000, the appropriate amounts, as determined by the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting and approved by the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, shall be transferred, as necessary, to the departments and divisions contracting with social services providers 1and early intervention services providers1 in order to effectuate this provision.  At least 10 days prior to the transfer of such amounts, the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting shall submit a report to the Joint Budget Oversight Committee detailing, for each department and division, the specific providers that will receive a 1[rate] payment1 increase and an explanation of how the amounts associated with the 1[rate] payment1 increase were calculated.  The Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting shall not be authorized to transfer any amounts without the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, provided that no action taken by the committee within 10 days of receiving a report from the director shall be deemed approval of the transfer.  No more than 90 days after June 30, 2021, the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting shall submit a report to the Joint Budget Oversight Committee outlining the allocation of this appropriation as compared to the details provided in all previously approved transfer reports.  This report shall also indicate the total amount expended from this appropriation, and any unexpended balances that are encumbered or will lapse.


     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.