The Schuyler Center works to ensure that adult home residents are not ignored in policymaking by promoting policies that give a voice to residents and improve living conditions.  The Schuyler Center coordinates the New York State Coalition for Adult Home Reform together with partners from social services, disability and legal advocacy groups.  We coordinate the Adult Homes Resident Speak Out for Dignity, Respect and Choice, an annual advocacy event in Albany.

Although adult homes were originally designed for elderly New Yorkers who are no longer able to choose to live on their own, nearly 40% of today’s adult home residents have a psychiatric diagnosis.  There is widespread consensus that residents of adult homes who have psychiatric disabilities deserve the option to live in the community. As a result of the Schuyler Center’s multi-year efforts, there is funding and a process in place to help adult home residents with psychiatric disabilities who choose to move to community housing.


Click here to download: Memo of Support S.1663 (Grisanti)/A.4467 (Gottfried): AN ACT to amend the social services law in relation to the adult care facilities training program. This bill directs the Department of Health to Establish a Workgroup to Develop a Uniform Curriculum and Best Practices for Direct Care Staff in Adult Care Facilities, June 17, 2013

Click here to download: Raising Expectations: Transitioning Adult Home Residents with Psychiatric Disabilities to New Housing, A New York State Coalition for Adult Home Reform White Paper, February 2011

Click here to download: NYSAPRS excerpts of the adult home law suit ruling, Disability Advocates, Inc. Vs NYS Governor David A. Paterson et al Nicholas G. Garaufis, United States District Judge. United States District Court Eastern District of New York