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March 30, 2013

Agency aims to enrich lives of developmentally disabled

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‘EXCELLENT NEIGHBOR’

Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava and other supervisors recently toured the agency’s facility in Port Henry, and he said they’re one of the best employers in the area.

“They’ve always been an excellent neighbor, never any issues. We feel fortunate to have them. They do an excellent job.”

Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey said Mountain Lake Services has a residential facility in her town.

“We love the house in Minerva. We go and have lunch with them all the time.”

CHANGED DIRECTION

Many of the people Mountain Lake Services serves come from state facilities for the developmentally disabled, which are gradually being phased out.

Director of Clinical Services Sarah Louer said the state has just 12 developmental centers left.

“Their goal is to close those. (Then) the goal is to place (people) in their county of origin. They are (also) given the option of being released into the community. It’s their choice.”

There are daily referrals to their agency, she said.

“We are a needs-based program. We don’t throw the world at them. We offer a la carte services. Keeping families together is our goal, not institutionalizing.”

ENRICHING LIVES

Mountain Lake Services has residences and day-habitation educational facilities in Port Henry, Moriah, Chesterfield, Keeseville, Willsboro, Lewis, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Lake Placid, Elizabethtown, Westport, Mineville, Crown Point, Ticonderoga, Severance, Schroon Lake and Minerva.

“We strive to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” Nephew said.

“We work diligently with the people we provide services to, to help them become integral members of their communities and achieve all that they are capable of.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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