The state office for People With Developmental Disabilities will allow home visits and community outings for group homes and will reopen day-hab programs as early as July 17.
The new guidelines from the OPWDD can be found here.
Last month, Assemblywoman Melissa “Missy” Miller (Atlantic Beach) successfully campaigned to allow family visitation in group homes with the help of her colleagues Mary Beth Walsh (Ballston), Edward Ra (Hempstead), and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. Miller had been advocating for OPWDD to move forward to the next phase to give residents in group homes the opportunity to get some sense of normalcy back in their lives.
“I’m so very thankful that Gov. Cuomo and OPWDD have authorized the resumption of home visits, community outings, and day programs. I’m grateful that they have acknowledged the desperation families across our state have been brave enough to share,” said Miller.
“It has been said that if you want the impossible done, ask a special-needs parent to do it! All of the amazing, strong, determined parents and families got this done! New York Alliance for Developmental Disabilities (NYADD) is a force to be reckoned with and I am proud to not only be a member as a parent, but to have been able to work with them to make sure our loved ones matter.”