Downey & Houghtaling Bill to Improve Emergency Response for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Advances
TRENTON – Assembly Bill A4916, which requires the New Jersey Department of Human Services to study emergency response services for individuals with developmental disabilities, was released from the Assembly Human Service Committee last week following a hearing regarding the services available to persons with co-morbid developmental disabilities, severe behavioral disorders, and mental health issues. The bill is sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle.
“When individuals with developmental disabilities require emergency aid, our first responders sometimes lack the resources and training needed to resolve the situation successfully,” said Assemblywoman Downey, who serves as Chair of the Human Services Committee.Read more
March 19, 2019
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling released the following statement regarding the Human Services Committee’s release of Assembly Resolution AR217, which respectfully urges the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately implement a ban on electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior, especially in individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities:Read more
March 14, 2019