Senator Kristin Corrado is calling on Governor Murphy to reopen adult day care facilities throughout the State, including congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
Sen. Kristin Corrado is calling on Gov. Murphy to reopen adult day care facilities throughout the State, including congregate day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. (SenateNJ.com)
“Congregate day programs provide vital services to thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Corrado (R-40). “I hear from families every day about the value of these community-based programs, and how they allow so many adults to live their lives as independently as possible. By preventing these facilities from reopening, the Governor is effectively impeding the developmental progress of thousands of disabled New Jerseyans.”
According to the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, day programs could have reopened on March 29, 2021 so long as they met the congregate day program re-opening requirements—and fell within the required categories of the NJ Department of Health’s COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI). As of the latest report, most New Jersey counties are classified as having a “High” CALI rating. Under this rating, all day programs must remain closed.
The latest COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) report shows a “High” rating in every county except Atlantic, Cumberland, and Cape May. (NJ.gov)
“The reopening guidelines for adult day care programs are not only bizarre, but they do not even coincide with the school reopening guidelines. As we all know, many schools in New Jersey have remained open for the last several months in some form for in-person instruction—even if those schools are located in counties with a “High” CALI rating,” added Corrado. “There is no rational reason for why schools can remain open and congregate day programs cannot. I am calling on the Governor to reopen these facilities so that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can receive the services they deserve.”
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