On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, RCSJ, Rowan University and its medical schools, Gloucester County Special Services District, and Gloucester and Cumberland Counties teamed up on a collaborative model to provide lifelong services for developmentally disabled.
RCSJ President Dr. Fred Keating announced the new initiative, joined by former Senate President Steve Sweeney; Chad Bruner, Gloucester County Administrator and Rowan University Board of Trustees Chair; Gloucester County Board of Commissioners Director Frank DiMarco: Gloucester County Special Services School District Superintendent James Dundee; Dr. Jennifer LeComte, Director of the Rowan Integrated Special Needs Center at Rowan's School of Osteopathic Medicine, and supported by more officials, community members, parents and students.
In addition to the Academy, the Housing Authority of Gloucester County also celebrated the groundbreaking of a three-story residence at South College Drive, which will provide 24 one-bedroom rent-supported apartments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The residence includes a community room, lounges, laundry facilities and office space for an on-site Counselor of Special Services. The project is being funded with $7.365 million in National Housing Trust funds and $3.75 million in grants from Gloucester County.