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County Legislator Murphy Discusses Housing For Special Needs Adults

Legislator John Murphy recently led a special task force to address the issues of housing for adults with special needs.
Legislator John Murphy recently led a special task force to address the issues of housing for adults with special needs. Photo Credit: Rockland County Government/Facebook

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- Rockland County Legislator John Murphy recently led a special forum on the future of housing for local adults with special needs, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness.

Much of the discussion focused on the 1999 Olmstead decision of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and new state and federal government policies that have made it difficult to provide cost-effective adequate housing.

Solutions were proposed from several attendees including Marion Breland of the Rockland County executive’s commission on behavior health; Dan Lukens of Camp Venture; Brigid Pigott, the Rockland County community liaison for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Rockland's Mental Health Commissioner Michael Leitzes.

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