PROVIDING A SECOND CHANCE TO NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS
Expanding The Drug Court Program For Non-Violent Offenders:
Governor Christie followed through on his commitment to take a smarter and more effective approach in how the state treats drug-addicted offenders by signing into law landmark, bipartisan legislation to put in place a statewide, mandatory Drug Court program. The legislation, S-881, acts on the principles laid out by Governor Christie in his January State of the State Address – that no life is disposable and that it is a common sense, fiscal, and moral imperative to help individuals dealing with drug addiction reclaim their lives with treatment, rather than warehousing them in prison.
In addition, the legislation provides for:
A Smarter Approach To Helping Ex-Offenders Re-Enter Society:
To address the current lack of coordination among the many treatment and re-entry programs across State government, Governor Christie signed Executive Order 83, creating the Governor’s Task Force for Recidivism Reduction. The primary functions of the task force will be:
Ongoing Program Assessment And A Real-Time Recidivism Database:
The path forward to improve prisoner re-entry requires the Administration to gauge the successes, failures and the depth of gaps in program delivery – inside and outside of prison. Programming gaps will be rectified by expanding existing, successful programs and hitting capacity thresholds, particularly relating to program delivery within prison.
ENSURING THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE
Increasing Access to Health Centers:
Governor Christie is increasing funding for Health Centers in fiscal year 2013 by $3.6 million. The Christie Administration is supporting FQHCs with $50 million in reimbursement for providing care to the uninsured—a record high:
Funding New Jersey’s Hospitals:
Providing the necessary resources to keep safety net hospitals operating, while recognizing that all hospitals provide care to the uninsured and underinsured, remains the principle behind hospital funding in fiscal year 2013. In response to concerns expressed by hospitals, fiscal year 2013 charity care payments will again be tied to the level of charity care provided during the most recent calendar year for which claims data is available. The amended distribution formula continues the principles of:
Despite economic challenges facing the state, hospital funding will be maintained at the enhanced fiscal year 2012 level. A total of $956 million has been provided in the FY 2013 budget for hospital funding through Charity Care, Graduate Medical Education support and Hospital Relief Subsidy Fund.
Increased Funding For Nursing Homes:
Governor Christie is increasing state funding for nursing home reimbursements by $15 million over fiscal year 2012. Combined with federal matching funds, this represents $30 million in additional resources available.
WorkFirst New Jersey:
WorkFirst NJ emphasizes work as the first step toward building a new life and a brighter future. The goal is to help people get off welfare, secure employment and become self-sufficient, through job training, education and work activities. WorkFirst NJ provides temporary cash assistance and other support services to families through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Giving Families the Tools to Succeed:
Family Success Centers are community-based grassroots organizations that provide services ranging from basic needs like day care and parenting classes, to more complex needs such as accessing mental health support, domestic violence prevention and substance abuse services.
Increased Funding To NJCEED:
The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program provides cancer outreach, education, screening, tracking and follow-up services to individuals 18-64 with incomes of up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Protecting Health Care Coverage for Uninsured Children:
The Christie Administration has demonstrated its commitment to providing health care coverage for uninsured children by maintaining the income eligibility level for children's coverage at 350% of the federal poverty level – the second highest coverage level in the country. Recently the Department of Human Services was recognized for performance excellence in enrolling over 700,000 children in the Family Care program. The State received a $16.8 million performance bonus payment award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for surpassing enrollment targets and improving children’s access to health care.
During fiscal year 2013, New Jersey Family Care will use more than $1 billion of State and federal resources to provide or subsidize health insurance for 162,088 children and 192,571 adults.
COMBATING HOMELESSNESS AND HELPING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES STAY IN THEIR HOMES
Expanded Veterans Haven Program:
The Christie Administration is expanding the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs successful Veterans Haven program to provide access to veterans in the northern part of the state. The Veterans Transitional Housing Program – Veterans Haven – is a facility for homeless veterans. After being medically evaluated at a VA Medical Center, eligible veterans participate in a long-term program focusing on psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation. Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital will provide the location for Veterans Haven North.
Combating Homelessness In A More Efficient, Coordinated And Strategic Manner:
Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order 92 creating the Interagency Council on Homelessness to combat homelessness as part of the administration’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable New Jerseyans. The Governor’s action will mobilize the state government in a more efficient, coordinated and strategic manner around the goal of combating homelessness in the state.
Providing Housing Assistance To Those In Need:
Governor Christie’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget reaffirms his commitment to protecting the state’s most vulnerable citizens by maintaining funding for a variety of housing assistance for low-income New Jerseyans.
Providing The Necessary Resources To Address And Prevent Homelessness:
Shelter Support Grants: In December 2011, the Christie Administration announced the award of 37 Shelter Support grants totaling $3,830,265 in both state and federal funding to nonprofit and local government agencies operating emergency homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities located throughout New Jersey.
Homelessness Prevention Grants: In November 2011, the Christie Administration announced the award of 10 Homelessness Prevention grants totaling $1.2 million to nonprofit agencies administering Homelessness Prevention Programs.