New York to Move Many With Mental Illness to Community Housing

Yesterday, the state of New York agreed to settle a decade-long lawsuit allowing 4,000 people with mental illness the opportunity to move out of adult group homes and into their own apartments “in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.” The consent decree requires that New York set up at least 2,000 supported-housing units and hire staff to advise the residents. The state will also provide coordination of psychiatric and general medical care, employment services, assertive community treatment, and crisis services, among other services.

….The lawsuit was filed after the New York Times reported that operators of the for-profit group homes provided poor care or needless medical treatment to the residents.

–Psychiatric News Alert

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