TRENTON – Senator Paul A. Sarlo, D-Bergen & Passaic today voiced his support for the State Department of Human Services’ “Real Life Choices” program during a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing with Human Services Commissioner James Davy:
“I think it’s a good thing that the proposed FY 2006 budget includes $9.5 million to help the State’s developmentally disabled. The ‘Real Life Choices’ program allows disabled residents to live at home with their families, and provides financial assistance for individualized needs to allow the families to provide their loved one with the care they need. This is the first time that budget funds have been earmarked for this program, and I think that it’s good that the State is stepping up to aid families who opt to take care of their developmentally disabled family members instead of institutionalizing them.”
The “Real Life Choices” program is offered through the State’s Division of Developmental Disabilities.