The New Jersey Department of Human Services has announced a proposal to reduce partial care program costs by over $4 million. The cost reductions will be achieved by a regulation revision to increase staffing ratios. The Department proposes now to permit 15 recipients per service worker, up from 12 per worker.
The practical effect of the measure will be to force the 29 partial care agencies around the State to reduce service worker staffing by 25%. The impact on New Jersey families of loved ones with psychiatric disabilities will be to decrease the quality and level of service for their loved ones. The Department has invited the public to submit their comments to the Department by mid October.
To see the rule changes proposed by the Department of Human Services, click here.