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Announcement and Public Hearings Regarding the Closure of The Center for Independent Living (TCILC)

Due to the unexpected impending closure of TCILC, the Center for Independent Living serving New Jersey’s three southernmost counties, the Federal funding supporting that Center must be re-allocated.  In order to do this, the NJ SPIL must be revised to include a guideline on where monies that become available in such circumstances will be allocated.  Currently, SPIL Section 3.2 (Network Expansion) directs any additional Federal IL funding in the amount of $125,000 or more to establishing a new IL center in either Ocean or Union county, which are considered under-served areas.  At the time the current State Plan was prepared, there was no indication an existing center might close, a situation that could leave an entire area UN-served, not just under-served.  Since the closure of TCILC leaves Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties without any coverage by a Center for Independent Living, an amendment to the State Plan is needed to allow Federal monies intended for Tri-County to be directed to a new CIL to serve these same three counties. 

The only change in the current SPIL is the addition of the following paragraph to Section 3.2 (Expansion): The above scenarios address receipt of regular Part C or additional Federal funding.  In the event that a Part C center closes – whether because a given center’s board has voluntarily relinquished its Part C grant or because RSA has terminated the grant – the issue may well become one of an area being unserved by any center.  In such a case, a new center would be established to serve the catchment area once covered by the relinquished or terminated CIL, subject to the results of the corresponding new grant competition to be administered by RSA.  Several Public Hearings will be held for commentary from IL consumers and interested parties.  These Hearings are open to residents of all NJ counties.  Two of them will be held in the TCILC service area, to accommodate people most affected by the loss of the CIL.

Wednesday May 30, 2012 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Atlantic Cape College Dining Hall
341 Courthouse-South Dennis Road
Cape May Courthouse NJ 08210

Wednesday June 13, 2012 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Drive Manalapan, NJ 07726

NOTE: A separate announcement will be made for the remaining hearing.

No pre-registration is required but, if you plan to attend, please contact the Statewide Independent Living Council Coordinator at dinodoll@verizon.net OR 732-254-2484.

For the current SPIL, see: www.njsilc.org or visit them on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/NjStatewideIndependentLivingCouncil

 

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