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Under the Christie administration in 2011, the Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Children and Families (DCF) established a Steering Committee to assess the provision of services to children with developmental disabilities whose needs were being met by multiple departments and divisions.

To advance this effort and to streamline care, Governor Chris Christie announced during his Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Address that the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) within DHS will transition its child services to DCF.

This realignment ends the historic fragmentation that now exists – particularly for families whose children need services and supports from both departments.

Stakeholder Input
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input and advocacy throughout this process. We need your help to ensure that the new system is designed to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities and their families!
Please feel free to offer your input or send questions to

January 7, 2013 - DCF Rule Proposal: 
N.J.A.C. 10:196 - Special Adopted New Rules and Concurrent Proposed Readoption of Special Adopted New Rules  
(go to the page and click on the Rule Propsals bullet
Comments due by: March 8, 2013
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