Alert! Give Input to NYS Olmstead Plan at Aug 21, Sept 28 Reg Video Forums, Aug 22 Albany Hearing

NYAPRS Note: Disability rights advocates have 3 upcoming opportunities to give their personal input to NYS’ Olmstead Plan, which promises to set specific targets for the number of people each state agency will be expected to help move to most integrated community residential and employment settings...which means apartments and jobs for many.

Next week’s opportunities which include

  • giving input at OMH settings in Manhattan, Long Island, Rockland, Binghamton, Syracuse and Ogdensburg.
  • attending next Wednesday’s public forum in Albany.

There will also be an opportunity to give input on a second series of September 28 regional forums at OPWDD settings in Schenectady, Rochester, Queens, Manhattan, Long Is land, Kingston and Rochester.

Please save those dates and make sure as many can attend as possible.

NYAPRS will send around some suggested talking points on Monday. Stay tuned!  


cid:1__=0ABBF0CEDFDDC6CC8f9e@chamber.state.ny.usState of New York | Executive Chamber





For Immediate Release: August 17, 2012


New York State Announces Public Forums to Obtain Input

on the Creation of an Olmstead Implementation Plan

In the 1999 Olmstead Decision the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states, in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), have an obligation to provide services to individuals wi th disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

Governor Cuomo has made compliance with the Olmstead Decision a top priority. New York State is currently creating an Olmstead Implementation Plan which will address issues that help seniors and people with disabilities to receive services in the most integrated community settings.

Three public forms will be held to solicit suggestions from seniors, individuals with disabilities, families, advocates and providers of services on ways to improve the delivery of services to people with disabilities in the most integrated community settings.

The New York State Olmstead Implementation Plan will include goals, strategies, performance measures, baseline data and quantifiable targets related to services that will assist individuals with disabilities and seniors to live in the most integrated community settings. Specific areas covered in the plan will include access to: integrated housing, integrated employment, transportation and community services. The plan will also contain information on assessment of needs, transition to community settings and diversion from institutional settings.

Suggestions for the New York State Olmstead Plan can be provided in a number of ways: video conference, public hearing, community focus groups and on-line comments.

The schedule of public events is as follows:

Date and Time



Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Public Forum-Statewide Video Conference

For Registration


New York City Field Office

330 Fifth Ave

9th Floor- Conference Rm A

New York, NY 10001-3101


Pilgrim Psychiat ric Center

998 Crooked Hill Rd

Rehab Center-Building 102

Room C-4

West Brentwood, NY 11717-1087


Rockland Psychiatric Center, Building 57

8th Floor C onference Rm< br>140 Old Orangeburg Rd

Orangeburg, NY 10962


Greater Binghamton Psychiatric Center

Keeler Building-Burns Conference Rm

425 Robinson St.

Binghamton, NY 13904-


St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center-Trinity Building


1 Chimney Point Dr.

Ogdensburg, NY 13669


Central NY Field Office
Education & Training Building- Room 204

545 Cedar Street

Syracuse, NY 13210-2319


Buffalo Psychiatric Center

400 Forest Ave

Strozzi Annex-Room 2012

Buffalo, NY 14213-1298

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Public Forum- Hearing

For Registration catalogz2414.jsp


Empire State Plaza

Meeting Room 6

Albany, NY

Friday, September 28, 2012


Public Forum-Statewide Video Conference

For registration:


Capital Distr ict DDSO

< /span>Balltown & Consaul Roads Building 3, Room 2

Schenectady, NY 12304



75 Morton Street

Activity Center, 1st Floor

New York, NY 10014


Bernard Fineson DDSO

80-45 Winchester Blvd

Room 2

Queens Village, NY 11428


Long Island DDSO

415A Oser Road

Multipurpose Room

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Taconic DDSO

521 Boices Lane

VC Room

Kingston, NY 12401


Finger Lakes DDSO

620 Westfall Road,

25 Leaf & Room 3/4

Rochester, NY 14620