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  • NJ A4045
  • Establishes Statewide program to provide treatment services for children exposed to domestic violence. *
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require the Department of Children and Families to establish and maintain a Statewide therapeutic treatment program for the children and families of domestic violence victims to be known as "Peace: A Learned Solution Program (PALS)," hereinafter referred to as the "PALS program." Currently, the department provides grants to organizations that provide "PALS" program services to this community. According to the department, the "PALS" program is available in 11 counties. This bill codifies this existing program. Under the bill, the department would provide grants to domestic violence organizations which would be responsible for developing and implementing therapeutic treatment, counseling and supportive services to those children and their family members who have been exposed to domestic violence. The organization would provide these individuals with a safe environment to reduce the impact of domestic violence and improve family functioning. The organization would be responsible for developing and coordinating community-based supportive services for these children and their families. The bill requires the department to assign staff to develop strategies for assisting the participating organizations in implementing this program throughout the State. The department would also monitor the implementation of the program by requiring these organizations to maintain accurate records concerning the levels of service, referral activity, and overall program management. In addition, the bill requires the department to collect and maintain data on the program and provide an annual report to the Governor and to the Legislature, including information on the number of counties or municipalities that have implemented the program and the number of participants in the program. The report would also include information on the effectiveness of the program. There shall be appropriated from the General Fund such funds as are necessary to implement the provisions and to effectuate the purposes of this act. This bill embodies recommendation 8 of the Report of the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence issued June 2016.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee  (on 6/22/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral)
3/20/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 3/20/2017 *A4177, A4597, S2997 (1R) are all pending referral*)
1/19/2017 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
1/19/2017 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 1/19/2017 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
7/21/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 3/20/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 11 0 0
Detail 1/19/2017 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported with Amendments 6 0 1