At a Civil Hearing on March 22, 2107, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, after summarizing a decade of litigation on behalf of adults with mental illness living in adult homes, criticized New York State representatives for using the courts to undermine a class action settlement that compelled the state to provide 2,000 units of supportive housing–and […]
After New York State took actions that appeared to be calculated to scuttle a settlement that gives over 5,000 people with mental illness the opportunity to leave institutions and live in the community, the NYS Attorney General requested court permission to withdraw as attorney representing the Governor, New York State, and several state officials in […]
The spring 2014 issue of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder and Special Needs Law Journal features an article by MFY attorney Jota Borgmann detailing the decade-long litigation that led to a settlement allowing thousands of adult home residents in 23 large adult homes to move into supported housing in the community.
After interviewing many MFY clients displaced by Hurricane Sandy and working with MFY Attorney Jota Borgmann and others, the New York Times published a scathing exposé on the heavy handed sales tactics used to entice vulnerable New Yorkers to accept Medicaid managed care plans. Read MFY’s letter to the Governor and others, and a case […]
In a memorandum and order issued today, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis approved a settlement between New York State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and a class of approximately 4,000 adult home residents. The settlement ensures that thousands of adult home residents in New York City will have the opportunity to move out of […]
Adult home residents, together with the U.S. Department of Justice, reached a settlement that will enable residents of 23 large adult homes to live in supported housing in the community. The settlement comes after decades of advocacy by MFY Legal Services and litigation in which the residents were represented by MFY, Disability Rights New York, the […]
MFY Attorney Shelly Weizman and CIAD Executive Director Geoff Lieberman describe the hardships adult home residents displaced by Super Storm Sandy continue to endure in a CBS-TV interview.
MFY Attorneys Jota Borgmann and Shelly Weizman comment to New York World on new Department of Health regulations requiring adult homes to reduce the concentration of residents with mental illness.
In an article in the September-October 2012 Clearinghouse Review, MFY Attorney Jota Borgmann shows how poor quality food and lack of food choices exacerbate health problems for adult home residents, and details some emerging solutions to ongoing food problems in institutionalized settings.
MFY Legal Services, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and the Urban Justice Center submitted joint testimony making recommendations that would improve the New York State Department of Health’s proposed regulations limiting the percentage of residents with serious mental illness in adult homes with a certified capacity of 80 or more beds to less […]