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  • NJ A3386
  • Provides protections for children under the age of 18 with developmental disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities ages 18-21 receiving services from Division of Children's System of Care.
Introduced
(3/3/2016)
In Committee
(6/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(6/26/2017)
Passed
(6/29/2017)
Signed
(8/7/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides protections for individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 21 who have been subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation and are receiving services from the Division of Children's System of Care (CSOC) in the Department of Children and Families (DCF). It also establishes procedures for the transfer of investigative reports relating to an act of child abuse or neglect, involving children under the age of 18 with developmental disabilities between the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Office of Investigation in DHS, and the Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit (IAIU) in DCF. Specifically, the bill provides that, when DHS receives a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation by a caregiver of an individual between the ages of 18 and 21 with a developmental disability who is receiving services from CSOC, DHS, the Office of Investigation in DHS (formally named the Special Response Unit), IAIU, or other investigative entity would be required to concurrently notify the Director of CSOC, or the director's designee, of the referral for inclusion of the offending caregiver on the central registry. DHS, the Office of Investigation, IAIU, or other investigative entity would also be required to notify the director of any unsubstantiated reports. Currently, the law requires that reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation or unsubstantiated reports of such acts be forwarded to the Commissioner of Human Services but not to the director of CSOC. The bill requires DHS, the Office of Investigation, IAIU, or other investigative entity to forward to the Commissioner of Children and Families, or his or her designee, copies of the investigative reports involving any child under the age of 18 with a developmental disability who is the subject of an investigation of an act of child abuse or neglect and is receiving services from CSOC. The reports would be used by DCF, as appropriate, to initiate or support contracting, licensing, or other corrective actions. The bill also allows DHS, the Office of Investigation, the IAIU, or other investigative entity to share all investigative records involving an individual between the ages of 18 and 21 with a developmental disability who is the subject of an investigation of an incident of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Currently, such reports are not shared between the Office of Investigation, DHS, IAIU, or other investigative entity. The bill also stipulates that the Commissioner of DHS would adopt rules and regulations prohibiting a person included on the central registry from employment at DCF or in facilities or programs licensed, contacted, regulated, or funded by DCF. Currently, DHS has the authority to adopt rules and regulations prohibiting a person included on the central registry from employment in facilities or programs of the Division of Developmental Disabilities and DHS, or from providing community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities but not a person seeking employment at DCF or in facilities or programs. licensed, contacted, regulated, or funded by DCF. The bill mandates that DCF conduct a check of its child abuse registry for each person who is seeking employment at the department, or in any facility or program licensed, contracted, regulated, or funded by the department, or seeking employment in any facility or program licensed, contracted, or regulated by the Department of Human Services, or who is seeking to provide community-based services with indirect State funding to individuals with developmental disabilities, in order to determine if the person is included on the registry as a substantiated perpetrator of child abuse or neglect, and immediately forward the information to DHS. Finally, under the bill's provisions, the Commissioner of DCF would be required to adopt rules and regulations prohibiting a person included on the child abuse registry from employment at the Department of Children or in any facility or program licensed, contracted, regulated, or funded by the department, DHS, and from providing community-based services with indirect State funding to individuals with developmental disabilities Currently, there are no statutory provisions that specifically mandate DCF to conduct a child abuse registry check on a person seeking employment at DCF, in facilities or programs licensed, contracted, regulated, or funded, as applicable, by DCF or DHS, or seeking to provide community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, there are no regulatory provisions prohibiting a person included on the registry from obtaining such employment or providing such community-based services.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Senate Amendments, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Women and Children
Approved P.L.2017, c.213.  (on 8/7/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
8/7/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.213.
6/29/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (76-2-0)
6/26/2017 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/26/2017 S Passed by the Senate (40-0)
6/26/2017 S Substituted for S2711 (2R)
6/19/2017 S Senate Amendment (32-0) (Vitale)
6/1/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 *Revised 5/31/17 - S-2180 and S-2793 have been added. S-2490 (1R)
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-320 (1R), A-1690 (ACS) and A-4587 (2R) are all pending referra)
1/30/2017 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
1/30/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 S-3 Vitale/Sweeney (pending intro & referral) Requires health in)
1/30/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (09:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
1/30/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (13:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (78-0-0)
6/23/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/23/2016 A Transferred to Assembly Budget Committee
6/23/2016 Assembly Budget Hearing (10:00 6/23/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
6/6/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/6/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
3/3/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 77 1 2
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2711 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/26/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 40 0 0
Detail 6/19/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 32 0 8
Detail 6/19/2017 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 1/30/2017 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 0 2
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 78 0 2
Detail 6/23/2016 Assembly Budget Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0