Changes could loom for developmentally disabled

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Families of some developmentally disabled people who are living in out-of-state facilities are trying to stop a state effort to bring them back to New Jersey.

The state now pays for out-of-state housing and treatment for more than 450 people. But if they can be returned to New Jersey and placed in group homes, New Jersey can gain more than $20 million in federal matching funds under the Community Care Waiver program.

The parents of some developmentally disabled people told the state Assembly Human Services Committee on Thursday that the stress of the move for some who have lived elsewhere for decades is daunting.

State Human Services Assistant Commissioner Dawn Apgar says New Jersey now has appropriate services for the people it wants to bring back.

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