Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

Health

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Health Care Access and Patient Safety

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  • Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman Burzichelli sponsored an anti-discrimination law that prevents New Jersey hospitals from declining an organ transplant on a patient because he/she has a developmental disability.  The law was inspired by an incident in Pennsylvania where a family was allegedly told their 3-year-old child would not be eligible for a kidney transplant because she has a mental disability.
  • Senator Sweeney drafted a new law which requires school districts to ensure that students with disabilities have opportunities to participate in athletic activities equal to those of other students.
  • In an effort to confront the epidemic of opioid addiction, Assemblyman Taliaferro is sponsoring legislation which would require health care practitioners to discuss the risk of addiction when prescribing certain drugs to patients who are minors.  The bill applies to Schedule II controlled dangerous substances and any prescription opioid drug. The practitioner would discuss the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on the drug and the availability of alternative treatments.

District Offices

Gloucester County
Kingsway Commons
935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086
Phone: (856) 251-9801
Fax: (856) 251-9752


Salem/Cumberland Counties

The Finlaw Building
199 East Broadway, Suite G
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: (856) 339-0808
Fax: (856) 339-9626


The Bridgeton Library Satellite Office
1st Tuesday of the month
3 pm - 5 pm
150 East Commerce Street
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: 856-455-1011


Constituent Corner-                      Code Blue Programs Assist Residents in Need of Shelter

The Code Blue Initiative is designed to provide shelter for homeless individuals and residents without sufficient accommodations when temperatures drop below freezing. The Code Blue Season runs from November 1st through April 15th, with designated “warming centers” operating between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.
When a Code Blue alert is issued, volunteers collaborate with police, emergency medical services, the County Health Department and Human Services, and the state Office of Emergency Management to prepare warming centers and identify individuals who may be in need of shelter.
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