Agreement Reached to Delay Broome Developmental Center Closure

Published 06/20 2014 04:19PM

Updated 06/20 2014 05:11PM

An agreement was reached that would ensure the Broome Developmental Center will remain open through at least next March, when the state's fiscal year ends.

State Senator Tom Libous and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced that the deal has been reached with the Governor's office.

It had been slated to be shuttered by 2016 anyway, but there is concern that more and more people will be moved out before then, including some potentially violent residents.

Libous says he introduced the "Freeze Unsafe Closure Now Act" to try to give the state more time to develop a plan for helping people with developmental disabilities, to preserve jobs and protect the community.

More details of the agreement are expected to come out soon.

The Southern Tier Independence Center, which supports the BDC closure, says it is pleased that the facility will be closed.

It says the facilities are obsolete forms of treatment for nearly everyone residing in them and are far more expensive than necessary.

STIC says it is concerned about the agreement reached and says it believes it will lead to federal HIPPA, or healthcare privacy violations, for people with developmental disabilities.

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