The Arc New Jersey Opposes Stephen Komninos’ Law

The Arc New Jersey is advocating against passage of Stephen Komninos’ Law (S516/A2503) as written. The legislation aims to reduce abuse and neglect, by requiring, among other things, two site visits to every residential and day habilitation by the Department of Human Services. Members of the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Network (a self-advocacy group affiliated with The Arc New Jersey) testified that group homes and supervised apartments are their homes and that state inspections are an invasion of their privacy. The Arc New Jersey has attempted to work the family members behind the bill but has been unable to reach an agreement.  The bill has passed the New Jersey Assembly and two Senate Committees and is awaiting a vote on the Senate Floor.