ALBANY – Operating Broome Developmental Disabilities Services in Binghamton is a tough challenge as it is, but consolidating that facility with the Valley Ridge Center For Intensive Treatment in Norwich is “a very bad idea,” according to New York Senator Thomas Libous’ office.
Libous was unable to personally comment on the consolidation this week, but his public affairs representative offered the following statement yesterday: “Senator Libous believes consolidating two facilities in two different locations serving two different populations is a very bad idea. That’s why he voted against the proposal in the state budget.”
The Valley Ridge CIT and Broome DDSO are both units of the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Valley Ridge is home to about 60 individuals who have developmental disabilities that require intensive treatment services due to their offending or criminal behaviors. Broome DDSO offers a variety of services in partnership with local governments and the voluntary not-for-profit providers for people of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families. DDSO services are provided in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
The consolidation was approved in April as part of the 2009-2010 legislative budget. The OMRDD is currently in the process of combining the two entities, and the effort is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.