Sunmount won't close; OPWDD clarifies statements

"I think what happened, when she was pressed on the question, was she said all developmental centers would be closing."

That's Paul Maroun, a Franklin County legislator from Tupper Lake.

Maroun says the OPWDD has been trying to close the big facilities known as "centers," where clients live but aren't receiving training or client care.

"Our Sunmount facility is not considered a center - it's really a DDSO," he said. "Somebody asked the question, is Sunmount on the list? She said all developmental centers are going to close. And they ran with that instead of following up and having her and her people really devise the answer properly."

The OPWDD's Travis Proulx says budgets are tight in Albany, but he believes facilities like Sunmount are well-positioned to survive the cuts.

He says the community-based model of care that New York is moving toward works - and that's exactly what Sunmount provides.

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