NY lawmaker: 12,000 disabled waiting for care

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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, whose adult son is in a residential program, says many of the 12,000 are “aging out” of programs when they turn 21 or have aging parents who need more intensive services to keep them at home or who can’t do it anymore.

Sponsors say new guidelines and the legislative directive are intended to speed processing and ensure getting critical services promptly.

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