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Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a law that will help protect disabled residents in group homes by requiring the state to carry out random visits annually. The law also requires that families of the consumers are notified if there are any injuries or abuse.

The law now requires the Department of Human Services to make at least two unannounced visits to group homes and requires the notification of injury or incident within two hours. It also increases the penalties for failure to report abuse or neglect. Human Services may need to hire an additional 200 employees due to the new law, which could cost the government $24 million.

The law is known as the Stephen Komninos’ law and is named after a man named Stephen Komninos. He was a 22-year-old developmentally disabled man who choked to death, while left unsupervised by a paid caregiver at a state-licensed residential program.

This was reported by Burlington County Times on October 6, 2017.

Contact Information: Office of the Governor, PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625; (609) 292-6000; Website:

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