Long after lunchtime one recent afternoon, John Cosentino sat at his usual table, eating his usual snacks. On this day, he was the only resident of the Brooklyn Developmental Center in its cavernous cafeteria.
When I look at my six year old daughter, Ava, and the path in front of her, I am fearful. I often hear new parents comfort each other by saying, “It gets easier.” In my case, I fear the opposite. I suspect it’s only going to get more difficult and am continuously steeling my nerves in preparation. Will she be able to function in society as an adult? How independent will she be? Will I be able to provide the financial...
New Jersey municipalities are sitting on a pile of cash — more than a quarter-billion dollars — and the state would like to help them spend it while addressing a critical housing shortage for some of its neediest residents.
New York State has given control of its system to nonprofit providers, who receive more than $5 billion a year in Medicaid money to house and care for developmentally disabled people.
Tens of thousands of powerful pills created to treat serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia are given to developmentally disabled people in the care of New York State every day.