There are thousands of individuals in New Jersey that struggle with disabilities. Owing to these disabilities, some individuals are unable to live on their own. Unfortunately, not all families are able to shoulder the expenses of caring for family members that have disabilities which prevent the individual from caring for themselves. The state of New Jersey was coming into trouble for a lack of available community housing and related services for individuals in the state that live with a developmental disability.
In response to this and lawsuits issued against the state, Governor Chris Christie recently announced an effort to relocate a significant number of individuals currently living in an institutionalized setting in New Jersey. Part of this effort will include increased funding to allow families to care for individuals with a disability and hire the necessary help they need to be able to do so.
The governor said of the pattern of over-institutionalization witnessed in New Jersey, “We have institutionalized more citizens than any state other than Texas. It is shameful. It is ineffective. And, in this administration, it is ending.” Roughly $43 million in funding will go toward making more options and community housing available for individuals that live with developmental disabilities in New Jersey.
This is a great step forward for these individuals, their families and the state of New Jersey. Individuals that struggle with a disability in New Jersey and are unable to work are also able to apply for financial assistance under Social Security Disability Insurance to assist with the basic costs of living. Speaking with an experienced legal attorney can better assist individuals in such a pursuit.
Source: NJ.com, “Christi, legal advocacy group settle housing lawsuits for disabled,” Susan K. Livio, Feb. 27, 2013
- Our firm has experience assisting individuals in New Jersey that live with disabilities. For more related information, please refer to our Social Security benefits page.