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Mission Statement

We, the staff of NJDC, are committed to enriching the quality of our clients' lives and to meeting their individual needs. We strive to provide support, open communication, leadership, and competent interaction to clients and each other. We insure that the NJDC community promotes fairness, dignity, and an appreciation of our diversity.


North Jersey Developmental is a state, residential center for persons with developmental disabilities. We provide a variety of habilitative, medical and psychological services for our 400 clients. We offer every service that you would find in the community, such as recreation, adult education, social services, health care and much more. While providing quality care and habilitation, the challenge remains to assist our clients in living as independently as possible

Originally known as the North Jersey Training School, the Center opened in 1928. The clients then consisted of females who had moderate developmental disabilities. Programming and activities for the clients was geared to the basic necessities of daily living. As years passed, public awareness grew and began to positively affect the future course of programming for the intellectually challenged. Our clients, who are now both male and female, were helped to lead more productive and satisfying lives. During the 1980's, the facility was renamed the North Jersey Developmental Center to properly reflect the change in services and programs which were based on the philosophy of normalization. The basic premise being that developmentally disabled persons be provided the most normal environment possible where they develop life skills to the greatest possible extent. Our clients environment is as close as possible to that which exists in the community at large. The ultimate goal is for clients to live and work in the community.

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Average Review 3 reviews


by matt b. (2010-06-09 18:37:06.0)
This center has substantiated reports of abuse. MSNBC: "One New Jersey mother is heartbroken over ugly bruises on her developmentally challenged son -- and angry over the official explanation. Aileen Rivera of Wayne, NJ says she discovered her son badly beaten last week at the North Jersey Development Center where he lives in Totowa." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37583374
by Erica D. from Upper Saddle River, NJ (2010-02-27 00:35:14.0)
The Home Friend program is a great option for people with busy schedules. It's a simple, yet rewarding, way to brighten a person's day!
by shawanda a. from paterson, NJ (2009-10-28 02:12:20.0)
i think it is a good opportunity for someone to experience a different change in there life to work with a multitask team