New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.
The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.
The elimination of $90 million in funding for disabled programs from the budget in March has been reversed by rare unanimous action in a divided Albany.
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved restoring the funds. A day earlier, the Assembly unanimously passed the measure. For the first time ever in the Legislature, every Assembly member signed as co-sponsors.
Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island, who has a disabled son, joined with Republican Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn to celebrate after final legislative passage.
On a 360 acre working organic farm just outside Hudson, NY - Triform Camphill Community offers a therapeutic community environment to young adults with autism, downs syndrome and a variety of developmental disabilities and physical disabilities for over 30 years. On Sunday, May 20th, Triform Camphill Community Hosts their 10th Annual Benefit Concert Featuring The Triform Student Bell Choir and The Hudson Valley Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet Performing “Peter and the Wolf”.