Maryhaven Center cites financial woes, aging facility as it plans to close

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A school in Port Jefferson Station for people with developmental disabilities is set to close, leaving parents scrambling for other options.

The Maryhaven Center has 71 students who have severe disabilities and need to be housed there.

In a statement, Catholic Health Services, which runs the school, said it was losing money "due to insurmountable obstacles, including an aging facility and long-standing deficiencies in reimbursement…We take this action reluctantly."

MORE: Residential school for disabled in Port Jefferson to close 

Catholic Health Services says it intends to keep the school open until the end of the next school year in 2020. But with so few residential school programs, some parents say even a year is not a lot of time.

About two dozen of the students at the facility are from New York City, including the Russo family of Staten Island. They told News 12 that Maryhaven “basically saved our lives.”

“Even though it takes us two hours back and forth to go see her, she loves it there and the staff is so wonderful and caring. And that's what it's all about,” said one family member.

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