NYS Assembly Looks At Services For People With Disabilities

Oct 20, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Assembly plans to hold a public hearing to examine the adequacy of support and services for disabled New Yorkers.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, who chairs the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, says they'll take testimony Tuesday on how effective New York's efforts have been at ensuring people with disabilities are effectively integrated into society and their needs met.

In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision called for integration appropriate with individual needs, followed by New York's implementation plan.

Transitions from institutions to community-based programs and residences were meant to also address employment, self-directed services and managed care reimbursements.

According to the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, it's supporting 38,000 New Yorkers in residences and 80,000 with day services.