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Closure for mental health and disability institutions is stalled

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Legislation that would postpone plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill has been approved.

The bill would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1, 2017.

Sponsors say more time is needed to put appropriate safety nets in place

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services says state money should be spent as planned on more housing and clinical services in communities, not more expensive state institutions.

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