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
By Glenn Blain / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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.
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.