Miller & Advocates: Secure Visitation in Group Homes

June 16, 2020

Assemblywoman Melissa “Missy” Miller (R,C,I-Atlantic Beach) has continuously advocated for the special-needs population in our state. Most recently, Miller joined forces with Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I-Ballston) and Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) to write a letter to the governor calling for group-home visitation and the reopening of Day Hab programs.

On Monday, June 15, Miller held a Zoom press conference with Assembly members Walsh and Ra and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to plead for Gov. Cuomo to allow families visitation in group homes, to allow home visits and to reopen Day Hab programs. Because of concerns over the pandemic, residents have been confined in their group homes and have not been allowed family visits or day programs. Family members and a resident in a group home shared their horrific experiences from the past few months with the elected officials and members of the press.

Today, June 16, Gov. Cuomo authorized visitation at group homes beginning on Friday, June 19. Group homes must follow state guidelines and visitors must wear masks and get their temperature taken.

“I’m so happy to see that Gov. Cuomo has allowed visitation in group homes starting on Friday. These families have been devastated over the fact that their children don’t understand why they have stopped visiting them. These disabled adults feel abandoned and have regressed. Many of them feel confined and restricted,” said Miller. “Although there is still work to be done to allow home visits and to reopen Day Hab programs, this is the first step in the right direction and I thank Gov. Cuomo for listening to us.”