BUFFALO, N.Y. — A class action lawsuit against New York state leaders seeks more residential opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
The suit was filed in federal court in Buffalo Tuesday on behalf of 2,000 individuals in western New York. The filing says they’re among more than 11,000 developmentally disabled people awaiting placement by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities into a community residential setting.
The suit names Gov. Andrew Cuomo and OPWDD Acting Commissioner Kerry Delaney. It claims the state’s lack of available residential settings violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act.
The OPWDD said Wednesday that it is moving to address the issue and is developing a 5-year housing plan to create new residential opportunities.
Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.