N.J. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) has called for a delay in Gov. Chris Christie’s plans to cut in-home therapy for 9,000 children with behavioral and developmental needs.
Huttle asked the Department of Children and Families to delay the phase-out of the program after meeting with families who will be affected by the cuts.
The children expected to be cut from the program — those without severe needs — will be linked to out-patient treatment networks, NJ.com reports.
Home care, which cost the state about $37 million last year, is considered more intensive than out-patient alternatives.
The Christie administration has not yet responded to the request for delay.