- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Assembly has voted to formally kill a program that transferred the developmentally disabled from out-of-state facilities back to New Jersey against their wishes.

Thursday’s vote followed a decision in July to end the “Return Home New Jersey” policy.

The policy aimed to save money by moving the developmentally disabled closer to their families. However, many had been living for years at treatment facilities where their needs were known and taken care of.

About 170 people were relocated before the program was stopped. Another 370 remain out of state.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in July worked out an agreement with Gov. Chris Christie to stop future transfers in most cases.

The bill next goes to Christie for consideration.

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