Press release - steward redevelopment & Michael fernandes as speakers - Murphy Special Needs Adults_4
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Hon. John Murphy (845) 638-5753
Laura Incalcaterra, Community Relations Coordinator (845) 638-5184
Where Will Our Special Needs Adults Live?
Rockland County Discussion Puts Spotlight On New Barriers To Providing Housing To
Residents With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities And Mental Illness
Monday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.
New City, NY (Oct. 15, 2015) – The public is invited to a discussion on the future of housing in Rockland
County for adults with special needs, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities
and mental illness.
The main focus will be on the 1999 Olmstead Supreme Court ruling and new state and federal
government policies that are making it harder to provide cost-effective adequate housing.
In Olmstead, the Supreme Court ruled that the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities
constituted discrimination and that public entities needed to provide community-based services to
people with disabilities.
Legislator John Murphy (R-Orangeburg), a long-time advocate for people with disabilities, said
changing interpretations of the Olmstead ruling by government policymakers is creating barriers when
it comes to constructing cost-effective congregate housing for the most dependent in our society.
The experts scheduled to speak include Antonia M. Lasicki, executive director of the Association for
Community Living, a coalition of not-for-profit providers of residential and other services to 30,000
people with serious and persistent mental illness; Moira Tashgian, director of the New York State
Office of Mental Health’s Bureau of Housing Development and Support; Douglas Hovey of Safe
Harbors Of The Hudson, which works to transform lives and build communities through housing and
the arts; Michael Fernandes, managing member, Special Needs Housing Program, which buys homes
prior to foreclosure, refurbishes them and provides shared rental units to veterans and people with
In addition to Legislator Murphy, the discussion will also be led by Marion Breland of the Rockland
County Executive’s Commission on Behavior Health; Dan Lukens of Camp Venture; Brigid Pigott, the
Rockland County Department of Mental Health’s Community Liaison For People With Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities; and Tom Zimmerman of Loeb House & Joseph’s Home.
The program is set for 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in the Legislative Chambers in the Allison-Parris
County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.
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