NY lawmaker: 12,000 disabled waiting for care


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





ALBANY — New York lawmakers have passed legislation intended to clear what one lawmaker calls a waiting list of 12,000 disabled individuals who need services or housing.

The bill directs the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to clarify and implement new guidelines by April 1 identifying services needed for families to keep a disabled relative at home and indicating when residential placements are appropriate.

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg says many of the 12,000 are “aging out" of programs when they turn 21 or have aging parents who need more help to keep them at home or can't do it anymore.

OPWDD says most individuals on the list already get some services and that measures will be rolled out in coming weeks to improve response times, streamline access and better manage residential capacity.




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Galleria at Crystal Run Welcomes Two New Stores in One Month
Two new stores, Five Below and Macy's Backstage, opened at the Galleria at Crystal Run in April. Both offer goods at marked-down prices and outperformed their respective...
Read more »
Image

New York municipalities, agencies asked to use zero-emmision vehicles
Save on zero-emission Vehicles by Joining the Fourth NYS Aggregate Purchase
The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of General Services have released...

Read more »

Chester Historical Society hosts 'Raise the Roof and Fix the Gutters' fund raiser
— The Chester Historical Society is hosting a fund raiser, "Raise the Roof and Fix the Gutters," on Monday, May 21, from...
Read more »

Many hands made light(hearted) work
— If you are enjoying the squeaky clean streets of Chester this spring, you have these "plucky" folks to thank.
Mike...

Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Chester, NY