Westchester lawmakers create advisory council on people with disabilities


WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Legislators, Monday night, unanimously approved the creation of an Advisory Council on People with Disabilities in the county.

The council will assist county government in matters concerning the issues, problems, needs and interests of county residents with disabilities.

“These are difficult times for the many hundreds of individuals and families affected by disabilities in Westchester County,” said Legislature Chairman Benjamin Boykin. “With dramatic changes stemming from the federal government necessitating New York State to switch from ‘service coordination’ to ‘care coordination,’ people need help dealing with housing, services and supports, aids to daily living, job finding, supported employment, and more.”

Boykin said, “Arrangements for implementing this shift are still being shaped, though the rules have already taken effect. This advisory council can begin to provide the necessary help as we prepare to deal with these changes.”

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