Maryhaven Center cites financial woes, aging facility as it plans to closePosted: Updated:
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."
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.
- A fast-moving fire ripped through a store in Elmont overnight, destroying the building.A fast-moving fire ripped through a store in Elmont overnight, destroying the building.
It's a battle for bragging rights! News 12 is looking for the schools with the most school spirit! Is it yours?
- Police say a Mount Sinai man is dead after he was hit by a car in Coram Saturday night.Police say a Mount Sinai man is dead after he was hit by a car in Coram Saturday night.
- Suffolk officials launched the county's regional bike-sharing program on Sunday.Suffolk officials launched the county's regional bike-sharing program on Sunday.
- Police say a 29-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Manorville.Police say a 29-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Manorville.
- This week's dogs are up for adoption at Jake's Rescue Ranch. The shelter can be contacted via their website or email.
- Here are some of the best photos of the week from the NFL's Week 1.Here are some of the best photos of the week from the NFL's Week 1.
- This week, Jason Aldean performed with Kane Brown and Carly Pearce.This week, Jason Aldean performed with Kane Brown and Carly Pearce.
- LIRR's M9 trains go into service.LIRR's M9 trains go into service.
- Some of the top drag queens from all over the world descended on New York City on Friday.Some of the top drag queens from all over the world descended on New York City on Friday.