TRENTON – Senator Richard J. Codey issued the following statement today following the Senate & Assembly Joint Hearing on the impact of Gov. Christie’s proposed plan to shift mental health and addiction services functions, along with employees and nearly $1 billion, from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health:
“After the discussion that took place today, it makes no sense to do this at this time.
“This is a massive undertaking that could have serious consequences for providers, not to mention all of the potential havoc that could be caused for the people they serve.
“The Division handles almost $1 billion a year and serves thousands of individuals. By the time this reorganization would be effectuated we will literally be on the cusp of a new administration. It is silly to undertake this right now.
“A major decision like this should be held so the next governor can examine this issue thoroughly and responsibly and then take any appropriate action – if necessary. I would hope that both houses of the Legislature will reconvene and reject this plan.”