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Press release - steward redevelopment & Michael fernandes as speakers - Murphy Special Needs Adults_4

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  • 1. 11 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY (845) 638-5100 Fax: (845) 638-5675 Email: legclerk@co.rockland.ny.us. 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 disabilities. 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. Press Release
  • 2. 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. To make a reservation, please email pigottb@co.rockland.ny.us, vohmarion@gmail.com or sitomerp@co.rockland.ny.us. ### Visit us: http://www.rocklandgov.com/ Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rockleg

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