4,000 MENTALLY ILL NEW YORKERS WILL BE MOVED FROM ADULT HOMES INTO SUPPORTED HOUSING APARTMENTS TO LET THEM LIVE INDEPENDENTLY

Thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers will be moved from adult homes to let them live more independently

4,000 mentally ill New Yorkers will be moved into “supported housing” apartments from adult homes to let them live more independently

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The Department of Justice reached a deal with the state to move thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers “supported housing” apartments.

 

The state will move up to 4,000 mentally ill New Yorkers from adult homes into “supported housing” apartments over the next five years as part of a deal reached Tuesday with the Justice Department.

“Today’s settlement agreement reaffirms the right of people with disabilities to live independently and participate in all aspects of community life,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eve Hill.

The deal ends a nearly decade-long legal battle in which the Justice Department claimed the state’s use of institutionalized adult homes violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 “After nearly 10 years of litigation, the state has reached an agreement that will improve service and quality of life for New Yorkers with mental illness living in adult homes,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

As part of the deal, the state will not only offer adult home residents the option of subsidized housing, but also community based treatment services.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mentally-ill-new-yorkers-independance-article-1.1407252#ixzz2ZxbrTXAc

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