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Non-profit urges state to pull residents who are disabled out of long-term care centers

December 16 2020 | newjerseyglobe.com

Non-profit urges state to pull residents who are disabled out of long-term care centers
newjerseyglobe.com

A Princeton-based non-profit urged Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson to pull more than 9,000 state residents with disabilities out of New Jersey’s long-term care centers.

“We urge the state of New Jersey to take immediate action on these guidelines,” Community Options CEO Robert Stack said in a letter to Johnson. “As the COVID-19 pandemic surges, we need to quickly transition more than 9,000 New Jerseyans with disabilities out of crowded, congregate settings to protect their lives.”

The organization cited guidelines issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which called for residents with disabilities to be pulled from congregate-living facilities like nursing homes, citing the risk posed to such residents by the virus.