ASSEMBLY, No. 5796

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 30, 2023

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† JOE DANIELSEN

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Increases FY2024 appropriation from General Fund to DCF for the Center for Great Expectations by $1.5 million from $500,000 to $2.0 million.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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A Supplement to the annual appropriations act for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024, P.L.2023, c.74.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† The following item in section 1 of P.L.2023, c.74, the annual appropriations act for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024, is amended to read as follows:

 

16 DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

50 Economic Planning, Development, and Security

55 Social Services Programs

1630 Division of Family and Community Partnerships

 

GRANTS-IN-AID

03-1630† Family and Community Partnerships [$162,418,000]$163,918,000

†††††††††††††††† Total Grants-in-Aid appropriation,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††† Social Services Programs .. [$162,418,000]$163,918,000

Grants-in-Aid:

†††††††† 03††† Center for Great Expectations [($500,000)]($2,000,000)

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill increases the FY2024 appropriation from the General Fund to the Department of Children and Families for the Center for Great Expectations by $1.5 million, from $500,000 to $2.0 million.† The Center for Great Expectations is located in Somerset and provides safe housing and supportive services to over 1,000 women, men, and children annually, from both within and outside Somerset. Many of these individuals are homeless or economically marginalized, pregnant or parenting, or living with mental health or substance use disorders.† Importantly, the organization administers the Stateís only residential program for adolescents with mental health disorders, who are pregnant or parenting.

†††† The additional State funds will be used to support the Centerís adolescent residential program, the adult residential program for pregnant and at-risk women, and the outpatient substance abuse and mental health programs.† All of these programs face a funding shortfall in the current fiscal year, which will be completely mitigated with the help of this additional State funding.