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  A “Central Registry of Offenders against Individuals with Developmental Disabilities” was established in the Department of Human Services through bi-partisan legislative support and a law signed by Governor Chris Christie on April 30, 2010. It is effective October 27, 2010 and exclusively applies to DHS’ funded, licensed, contracted or regulated programs that provide services to people with developmental disabilities. It requires DHS to maintain a confidential list of caregivers working in these programs who have been determined to have abused, neglected, or exploited an individual with a developmental disability. The law bars listed offenders from being re-employed by, or volunteering in, DHS-funded programs. Employers providing these services are required to determine if potential caregivers are included on the central registry.  Names appearing on the list will be barred from consideration by the employer.  Employees and volunteers of DHS and any facility or program licensed, contracted or regulated by DHS are required to report allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of any individual with a developmental disability. Reports also may be made by any person having reasonable cause to believe that an individual has been a victim.  The toll-free number to report abuse is 1-800-832-9173.

See the following links for additional information regarding the Central Registry


Central Registry Statute - PL 2010, CHAPTER 5 

Central Registry Proposed Regulations

Central Registry - DHS Press Release 

Central Registry FACT SHEET 

Central Registry – DHS Letter to Providers

Central Registry – DHS Letter to CCR Providers

Central Registry – DHS Letter to Legislators 

Central Registry – Consent Form 

Central Registry – Poster Campaign 


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