Information on the Closure of Vineland Developmental Center
The Fiscal Year 2011 budget announced consolidation of Vineland Developmental Center’s (VDC) West Campus by June 2011. This was completed on time. The proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget contained language identifying the complete closure of VDC by June 2013.
On August 25, 2011, the Governor issued a conditional veto (CV) on S2928, a bill to establish a Task Force on the Closure of State Developmental Centers. The CV added language which demonstrates the State’s commitment to the individuals with developmental disabilities to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs; changed the size of the Task Force membership to 5 members; and made the criteria for review of closure as a consideration rather than a requirement for the Task Force. Both legislative houses concurred with the Governor’s recommendations and the bill was signed by the Governor on December 14, 2011 (P.L. 2011, c.143). The Task Force expires upon submission of its recommendations to the Legislature and Governor or 180 days after the Task Force organizes, whichever comes first.
Pending the Task Force’s formation and report, staff at Vineland Developmental Center continues to work with families of residents to move individuals from the developmental center to community placements, as appropriate, and consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Olmstead v. L.C.
More information regarding the Department’s proposal to close Vineland Developmental Center can be found below:
Key Information Commissioner Jennifer Velez's- VDC Blueprint Testimony 5/17/11
Joint Committee Hearing: Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens and Assembly Human Services
Vineland DC Closure Plan
Quick Facts/ResourcesVDC Announcement
VDC Fact Sheet
Why Close Vineland Developmental Center (VDC)?
Geographic Preference Letter
Geographic Preference Form
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
VDC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Community Services FAQ
For additional information about VDC and the closure plan, see the links below:Family Letter - March 30, 2011
Family Letter - September 7, 2011