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  • NJ A2043
  • Establishes "Naturally Occurring Retirement Community" pilot program; appropriates $250,000.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes a "Naturally Occurring Retirement Community" or "NORC" pilot program in the Division of Aging Services in the Department of Human Services. The bill directs the Commissioner of Human Services to provide a grant to a lead agency to establish and coordinate a NORC at a senior center in Mercer County, or one or more moderate or low-income apartment buildings or housing complexes in Mercer County, or within a defined geographic area in Mercer County in which at least 50% of the households are headed by a person who is 60 years of age or older. The bill requires applicants seeking to become a lead agency to have demonstrated experience and expertise in providing services to populations who are "aging in place" and in administering related initiatives in the community. Under the bill, the entity selected as the lead agency may be a non-profit or for-profit organization, and may provide services to elderly residents directly or in collaboration with other experienced providers. The bill requires the pilot program to provide: -- social services, including, but not limited to, on-site assessments, information and referral services, case management, counseling, recreation and socialization programs, management of volunteer programs, support groups, and education programs that help elderly residents preserve their health; -- health care services, including, but not limited to, on-site nursing and physician services, health screenings and monitoring, and medication management; -- mental health services, including, but not limited to, a consulting psychiatrist to assess, diagnose, and treat residents and educate other professional staff, patients, caregivers, and families to detect and assess mental health needs, and mental health screening by a social worker or registered professional nurse; and -- support services, including, but not limited to, transportation services and assistance with shopping and financial management. The bill requires the lead agency to periodically report to the commissioner on the establishment of the pilot program and its impact on the well-being of residents, and, in making its report, to employ a formal outcomes measurement tool to assess the impact of the program on older adults' health and well-being, as well as the potential cost savings of these outcomes for long-term care, health, and human services delivery systems. The bill permits the lead agency to allocate up to 7.5% of grant funds for the costs of evaluation, to include software, consulting services, and staff time to analyze outcomes and evaluate the program. The bill requires the commissioner to report to the Governor and the Legislature on the pilot program within two years of its implementation and to make any recommendations that the commissioner deems appropriate to expand the program to other counties in the State. The bill appropriates $250,000 from the General Fund to the department to provide a grant to the lead agency that is selected to implement the pilot program. The bill takes effect immediately and provides for the pilot program to expire upon the submission of the commissioner's final report to the Governor and the Legislature.
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Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 5/12/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
5/12/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
5/12/2016 Assembly Housing and Community Development Hearing (14:00 5/12/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd. Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/12/2016 Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 2