DOH: DAL - NYC Impacted Homes

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On July 23, 2013, the State of New York entered into a Settlement Agreement ("the Agreement") with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs representing residents with serious mental illness living in Impacted New York City Adult Homes, United States v. State of New York, CV-13-4165 (EDNY), O'Toole et al. v. Cuomo CV-13-4165, (EDNY). Under the Agreement, residents with serious mental illness in 22 New York City adult homes have an opportunity to move to alternative community housing with appropriate community support services, if they qualify and desire to move.

In addition, effective January 16, 2013, the Department of Health ("the Department") adopted amendments to regulations found at Section 486.7 of Part 486 and Part 487 of Title 18 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR). The regulations directly affect New York City Impacted Adult Homes, as well as certain other adult homes statewide and should be reviewed by all operators and administrators and communicated to all staff employed by the home.

Reports of interference or failure to cooperate with the implementation of the regulations and/or the Agreement, including verbal or written discouragement or intimidation, will be investigated by the Department.

Operators must not restrict or prohibit access to the facility by individuals representing community organizations or service agencies who will provide a service to the residents and shall not interfere with confidential visits with residents and persons assured access in accordance with 18 NYCRR ยง485.14.

See attached for further details.


NYSCAL CONTACT:

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11