Saturday, October 29, 2011

NYS to Close 3 Residential Programs in 2013

The state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities plans to close the three residential programs at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office campus by the end of 2013. It has started to identify how best to meet the needs of the 125 people who are currently there.
The closure is part of a decades-old plan for the state to reduce the number of institutional beds and provide homelike settings within communities after revelations of horrendous conditions at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island, said Travis Proulx, director of communications for the state developmental disabilities office. But the plan languished over the years.

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